Twelve Years a Slave tops African-American Film Critics' best films of 2013
Story by Jack Foley
STEVE McQueen’s historical drama Twelve Years A Slave has topped the African-American Film Critics’ Association’s (AAFCA) list of its top 10 films of 2013.
The Oscar favourite also picked up best director for McQueen, best screenplay and best newcomer for John Ridley and Lupita Nyong’o, respectively.
In the acting categories, however, 12 Years leading man Chiwetel Ejiofor missed out to Forest Whitaker for best actor. Whitaker took the prize for his work in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, while his co-star Oprah Winfrey received the best supporting actress prize for her role as his wife in the film.
Commenting on this year’s winners as well as the movies that were released, Gil Robertson, AAFCA president and founder, said: “The film industry reached an incredibly high benchmark in 2013 in terms of the level of performance and diversity on screen.
“From the dramatic and heartwarming performances given by Whitaker and Winfrey, to Jared Leto’s incredible transformation as a transgender, the performances this year represented some of the finest examples of the acting craft.”
The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, January 31, 2014 in Hollywood.
The full list of African-American Film Critics Association’s top 10 films of 2013 is as follows…
12 Years a Slave
Lee Daniels: The Butler
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Dallas Buyers Club
Saving Mr. Banks
Out of the Furnace
Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels: The Butler
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Best Supporting Actress
Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels: The Butler
Best Supporting Actor
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best World Cinema
Mother of George (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
Raphael Sadiq, Black Nativity
Best Independent Film
American Promise (Rada Film Group)
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