The Harder They Fall and King Richard lead at the African American Film Critics Association Awards

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The Harder They Fall and King Richard each win four awards at this years’ African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Awards. 

The African American Film Critics Association has announced this years’ award winners, The Hollywood Reporter reveals. Netflix’s The Harder They Fall and King Richard have come out on top with four awards each. Netflix’s Western, directed by Jaymes Samuel and starring Jonathon Majors and Idris Elba, received awards for Best Picture, Best Ensemble, as well as Best Director and Music. Meanwhile, Will Smith won Best Actor for King Richard. The Richard Williams biopic also picked up Best Supporting Actress (for Aunjanue Ellis), Breakout Actor (Saniyya Sidney), and Emerging Director (Reinaldo Marcus Green).

AAFCA is the world’s largest Black film critics’ group, and like many other critics groups it gives annual awards to recognise excellence in film and television. The group reviews a variety of films, but its mission is to highlight films that are by and about African-American people. Their Special Achievement Award has been presented to prominent Black artists like Spike Lee and Jamie Foxx.

Jennifer Hudson was given the award for Best Actress for Respect, and Corey Hawkins won Best Supporting Actor for The Tragedy Of Macbeth. Finally, Best Screenplay went to Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up, Summer Of Soul won Best Documentary, and Who We Are was voted Best Independent Feature.

The winners are set to be celebrated at a special event in Los Angeles on 2nd March, and AAFCA President and co-founder Gil Robertson praised 2021 as “a fantastic year for film”.

We’ll bring you more news on the 2022 awards season as we hear it.

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