“The Woman King” won the top prize at this year’s African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) awards, taking home the best picture award. The Sony Pictures film was “Teal,” “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” and “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”; Each feature ends up winning at least two awards.
In addition to Best Picture, “The Woman King” won an award in the Best Director category, with the honor going to Gina Prince-Bythewood. Meanwhile, “Teal” won Danielle Deadwiler and Jaylen Hall’s Rising Face Award for Best Actress; “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” won best song for Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up” and Angela Bassett won best supporting actress; “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” won best ensemble and Rian Johnson won for best writing.
Other winners included Brian Tyree Henry in “Causeway” for best supporting actor, Kerry Williams in “Emergency” for emerging filmmaker and “Nanny” for best independent feature. Best Live Action Short went to Kendrick Lamar’s “We Cry Together” from his 2022 studio album, “Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers,” and Best Animated Short to Gale Coleman and Raul Domingo’s “New Moon.”
AAFCA also announced a slate of honorees for Special Achievement Awards, with “Till” winning the Impact Award, Michael Abels (“Nope” composer) winning the Innovator Award and Hannah Beechler (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” Production Designer) scoring. Reward changes. Antoine Fuqua and Will Smith also earned nods for their work on “Deliverance,” which was awarded the Beacon Award, and “Black Panther” producer Nate Moore won the Ashley Boone Award.
“AAFCA is deeply honored to recognize some of the year’s most compelling films and performances,” said AAFCA President and Co-Founder Gil Robertson. “These thought-provoking stories of strength, determination and courage lift us up and entertain us. It’s an honor to recognize the incredible, visionary work of this year’s AAFCA Award winners in front of and behind the camera.”
Winners and special honorees will be celebrated at the 14th annual AAFCA Awards on March 1 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, Calif. Additional special events and programming will be announced in the coming months.
See the full list of this year’s winners below:
best picture: “Woman King”
Best Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood (“The Woman King”)
Best Actor: Jeremy Pope (“The Visit”)
Best Actress: Daniel Deadwiler (“Tall”)
Best Supporting Actor: Brian Tyree Henry (“Causeway”)
Best Supporting Actress: Angela Bassett (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”)
Emerging Faces: Jaylene Hall (“Teal” and “Bruiser”)
Budding Filmmakers: Kerry Williams (“Emergency”)
Best independent feature: “nanny”
Best Animated Features: “Wendell & Wilde”
Best Documentary: “sydney”
Best Collection: “Glass Onion: A Knife Out Mystery”
Best Writing: Rian Johnson (“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”)
Best International Features: “Saint Omar”
Best Song: “Lift Me Up” (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”)
Best Live Action Summary: “We Cry Together”
Best Animated Short: “New Moon”
Special Achievement Award
Impact Award: “until”
Innovator Award: Composer, Michael Abels (“No”)
Building Change Awards, presented by Lowe’s: Production Designer, Hannah Beachler (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”)
Beacon Award: Antoine Fuqua and Will Smith (“Deliverance”)
Ashley Boone Award: Producer, Nate Moore (“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”)