The Votes are in from the The Black Film Critics Circle and ‘The Help’ Top all as best film of 2011. Viola Davis wins best actress for The Help, Dee Rees wins best director for PARIAH, and Olivier Litondo wins best actor for ‘The First Grader.’
The BFCC recognizes achievements in motion pictures and award prizes in 13 categories including best picture, best director, original and adapted screenplay, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, best animated feature, best independent film, best documentary feature, best foreign film and best ensemble. Special Signature awards are also given to industry pioneers and rising stars.
Check out the trailer to ‘PARIAH’ below. Voted best director Dee Rees. This powerful and insightful film is a must see. A list of all the winners are below. “Congratulations to all of the winners.”
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The complete list of award winners include:
Best Picture – THE HELP
Best Director – Dee Rees for PARIAH
Best Actor – Olivier Litondo for THE FIRST GRADER
Best Actress – Viola Davis for THE HELP
Best Supporting Actor – Albert Brooks for DRIVE
Best Supporting Actress – Octavia Spencer for THE HELP
Best Independent Film – PARIAH
Best Original Screenplay – Dee Rees for PARIAH
Best Adapted Screenplay – Tate Taylor for THE HELP
Best Documentary – BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer’s Journey
Best Foreign Film – LIFE, ABOVE ALL
Best Animated Film – RANGO
Best Ensemble – THE HELP
BFCC Signature Awards include:
PIONEER – HARRY BELAFONTE
A Civil Rights Activist who fought and entertained for 60 years, achieving multiple grammy’s, Emmy’s and a Tony awards. A true pioneer in ever sense of the word.
RISING STAR – ADEPERO ODUYE
Adepero’s performance in PARIAH is a deep and rich portrayal of a young woman coming to terms with her sexuality and family. She is some to see.
SPECIAL MENTION – ATTACK THE BLOCK:
Attack is a genre film that defies a number of conventions, not only by having a primarily black cast but portraying each character with a dignity seldom seen on screen and even more rarely in a Science-Fiction film.
BFCC’S TOP TEN FILMS OF 2011
1. The Help
2. The Artist
5. The Descendants
6. Attack the Block
7. Tree of Life
9. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo