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Creed named best film by Black Film Critics' Circle


Story by Jack Foley

ROCKY spin-off Creed has been named the best film of 2015 by the Black Film Critics’ Circle.

The film, which has also attracted Golden Globe nominations, follows the son of Balboa’s late rival, Apollo Creed, as he attempts to follow in his father’s footsteps, while being coached by the now retired boxing legend. It stars Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, who were also recognised for lead and supporting actor.

The film’s co-star Tessa Thompson was also honoured with a best supporting actress prize.

The Black Film Critics Circle, a US organisation, handed out a number of other awards, as well as naming their 10 best films of the year.

An ensemble performance award went to hip hop drama Straight Outta Compton, which also won for best original screenplay.

While Brie Larson was named best actress for abduction drama Room and George Miller took best director for Mad Max: Fury Road, which also won the best cinematography prize.

Netflix’s first cinema release, Beasts of No Nation, received a special mention, with young lead Abraham Attah getting the BFCC’s rising star award.

The organisation felt that the young actor, who plays an African child soldier, delivered “one of the strongest and most phenomenal [debuts] we have ever seen” and said he had “a very bright future ahead of him”.

The BFCC’s top 10 films of 2015 were…

1. Creed
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Straight Outta Compton
4. Spotlight
5. The Martian
6. Room
7. Beasts of No Nation
8. The Hateful Eight
9. The Big Short
10. Ex Machina

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