In their thirteenth year, the African American Film Critics Association named “The Harder They Fall” the Best Picture of the year, with director Jeymes Samuel taking the subsequent Best Director award. The film also won Best Ensemble and Best Music. “King Richard” was also a big winner, with Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, and Saniyya Sidney all receiving individual acting awards while director Reinaldo Marcus Green took the Emerging Director award.

Best Picture

“The Harder They Fall”

Directed by Jeymes Samuel
Produced by Lawrence Bender, Shawn Carter, James Lassiter, and Jeymes Samuel
Netflix

Best Director

Jeymes Samuel
“The Harder They Fall”

Produced by Lawrence Bender, Shawn Carter, James Lassiter, and Jeymes Samuel
Netflix

Best Screenplay

“The Harder They Fall”

Written by Adam McKay
Netflix

Best Actor

Will Smith
“King Richard”

Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green
Warner Bros. Pictures

Best Actress

Jennifer Hudson
“Respect”

Directed by Liesl Tommy
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Best Supporting Actor

Corey Hawkins
“The Tragedy of Macbeth”

Directed by Joel Coen
A24

Best Supporting Actress

Aunjanue Ellis
“King Richard”

Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green
Warner Bros. Pictures

Breakout Actor

Saniyya Sidney
“King Richard”

Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green
Warner Bros. Pictures

Best Ensemble

“The Harder They Fall”

Casting by Victoria Thomas
Cast: Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba, Zazie Beetz, Regina King, Delroy Lindo, Lakeith Stanfield, RJ Cyler, Danielle Deadwyler, Edi Gathegi, and Deon Cole
Netflix

Emerging Director

Reinaldo Marcus Green
“King Richard”

Produced by Tim White, Trevor White, and Will Smith
Warner Bros. Pictures

Best Music

“The Harder They Fall”

Music and Lyrics by Jeymes Samuel, Kid Cudi, and Jay-Z
Netflix

Best Independent Feature

“Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America”

Directed by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler
Sony Pictures Classics

Best Documentary

“Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”

Directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Searchlight Pictures

QUICK LIST

Best Picture: “The Harder They Fall”
Best Director: Jeymes Samuel — “The Harder They Fall”
Best Screenplay: “Don’t Look Up” — Adam McKay
Best Actor: Will Smith — “King Richard”
Best Actress: Jennifer Hudson — “Respect”
Best Supporting Actor: Corey Hawkins — “The Tragedy of Macbeth”
Best Supporting Actress: Aunjanue Ellis — “King Richard”
Breakout Actor: Saniyya Sidney — “King Richard”
Best Ensemble: “The Harder They Fall”
Emerging Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green — “King Richard”
Best Music: “The Harder They Fall” — Jeymes Samuel, Kid Cudi, and Jay-Z
Best Independent Feature: “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America”
Best Documentary: “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”

AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION

The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) actively reviews cinema at-large, with a particular emphasis on films which include the Black experience. The organization creates a platform for movies with universal appeal to the African-American community, while highlighting films produced, written, directed and starring, persons from the African Diaspora. Our members are also involved in our advocacy work that includes programming for students interested in film criticism and journalism. AAFCA members are a geographically diverse cross-section of journalists, covering all genres of the cinematic arts, while representing multiple mediums – including print, TV, radio broadcast and online. Collectively, they have reached a worldwide audience in excess of 100 million

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