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Twelve Years a Slave tops African-American Film Critics' best films of 2013

12 Years A Slave

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.

Sandra Bullock was named best actress for her performance in space saga Gravity and Jared Leto earned best supporting actor for his performance as a transsexual with Aids in Dallas Buyers Club.

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
American Hustle
Fruitvale Station
Dallas Buyers Club
Saving Mr. Banks
Out of the Furnace

Award winners:

Best Actor
Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels: The Butler

Best Actress
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)

Breakout Performance
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Best Director
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Best Screenplay
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave

Best Music
Raphael Sadiq, Black Nativity

Best Independent Film
Fruitvale Station

Best Animation

Best Documentary
American Promise (Rada Film Group)

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