Monday, 8 December 2014


With fears that Selma was being overlooked by critics voting in this year's awards race, or that too few had seen it in order to give it a leg up into it, the African-American Film Critics Association has stepped in to resolve those worries. The group is keener than ever on rewarding black cinema, with all of the winners in its individual categories falling under that description bar J. K. Simmons. Hopes abound now that other critics' groups will take note and recognise Ava DuVernay's film, and not disregard the AAFCA's choice as one motivated by advocacy rather than genuine support. Here are all of their picks:

Best Film
1. Selma
2. The Imitation Game
3. The Theory of Everything
4. Birdman
5. Belle
6. Top Five
7. Unbroken
8. Dear White People
9. Get On Up
10. Black or White

Best Director
Ava DuVernay (Selma)

Best Actor
David Oyelowo (Selma)

Best Actress
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle)

Best Supporting Actor
Tyler Perry (Gone Girl)
J. K. Simmons (Whiplash)

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer (Black or White)

Best Screenplay
Gina Pryce-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights)

Best Music
Common and John Legend (Selma)

Best Ensemble
Get On Up

Best Animation
The Boxtrolls

Best Documentary
Life Itself

Best World Cinema

Best Independent Film
Dear White People

Breakout Performance
Tessa Thompson (Dear White People)