Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Named Best Film Of 2019 By AAFCA, Eddie Murphy & Lupita Nyong’o Take Top Acting Honors

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Named Best Film Of 2019 By AAFCA, Eddie Murphy & Lupita Nyong’o Take Top Acting Honors

10 Dec 2019 (PT)
JORDAN PEELEEDDIE MURPHYBEST FILM

Jordan Peele's Us has been named this year’s Best Film by the African American Film Critics Association AAFCA. The film, which earned over $255 million globally, received three total wins including Peele for Best Director and Lupita Nyong'o for Best Actress.

Jordan Peele continued to raise the bar in horror specifically and film overall” stated AAFCA President/Co-Founder Gil Robertson. “With 'Us,' he once again upended the horror genre. His centering of a black nuclear family determined to survive in a complex storyline in a genre where black family units have historically been unseen is extraordinary. He continues to push previously set boundaries with bold storylines that bring a refreshing perspective to cinema overall and the genre specifically. The film's $255 million global gross is yet another example that inclusive filmmaking resonates big at the box office and it also resonated critically with our members who awarded the film with our highest honors.”

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Named Best Film Of 2019 By AAFCA, Eddie Murphy & Lupita Nyong’o Take Top Acting Honors

In other awards, Eddie Murphy received the organization’s Best Actor honor for Dolemite Is My Name. Supporting actor nods went to Jamie Foxx for Just Mercy and Da’Vine Joy Randolph for Dolemite Is My Name.

Dolemite Is My Name Netflix, Just Mercy Warner Bros. Pictures, Clemency Neon and The Irishman Netflix round out AAFCA’s top five best films of 2019, followed by Queen & Slim Universal Pictures, Waves A24, Parasite Neon and Atlantics Netflix tied for the eighth spot, and The Farewell A24 and Harriet Focus Features round out the list.

“This year's eleven best films reflect a wide spectrum of diversity and creativity. Many of them tackle social injustice and challenge the criminal justice system in the United States specifically. AAFCA members, who put in their ballots from as far away as Australia and Jamaica, cast a wide net to recognize films made in the U.S. and beyond.Their choices truly reflect the best of cinema in 2019,” said Robertson.

The AAFCA Awards, sponsored by Nissan, Morgan Stanley and Deadline, takes place on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at the Taglyan Complex. The AAFCA Special Achievement Awards, as announced earlier in the year, will take place Saturday, April 11, 2020 at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.

The complete list of AAFCA Awards recipients follows below:

Best Film: Us Universal Pictures

Best Director: Jordan Peele Us, Universal Pictures

Best Actor: Eddie Murphy Dolemite Is My Name, Netflix

Best Actress: Lupita Nyong'o Us, Universal Pictures

Best Supporting Actor: Jamie Foxx Just Mercy, Warner Bros. Pictures

Best Supporting Actress: Da’Vine Joy Randolph Dolemite Is My Name, Netflix

Best Breakout Performance: Kelvin Harrison, Jr. Waves, A24

Best Animated Film: Abominable Universal Pictures

Best Documentary: The Black Godfather Netflix

Best Foreign Film: Parasite Neon

Best Independent Film: The Last Black Man in San Francisco A24

Best Screenplay Presented with The Black List: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite Neon

Impact Award: Queen & Slim Universal Pictures

We See You Award: Taylor Russell Waves, A24

The AAFCA 2019 Top Ten Films

1. Us Universal Pictures

2. Dolemite Is My Name Netflix

3. Just Mercy Warner Bros. Pictures

4. Clemency Neon

5. The Irishman Netflix

6. Queen & Slim Universal Pictures

7. Waves A24

8. TIE Parasite Neon and Atlantics Netflix

9. The Farewell A24

10. Harriet Focus Features

Source: deadline.com

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Named Best Film Of 2019 By AAFCA, Eddie Murphy & Lupita Nyong’o Take Top Acting Honors
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