Broadcast Film Critics To Celebrate 2013's Historic Output Of Black Cinema

Noticing a significant trend that defines a large part of this awards season and movie-going year, the Broadcast  Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced Tuesday that they have partnered with L.A.’s House Of Blues  to produce an evening  devoted to what they are terming a “Celebration Of Black Cinema“.  The event, which is expected to draw many celebrities including the most prominent African-American filmmakers and stars responsible for 2013’s unusually large output of quality films, will be held on Tuesday January 7th. It makes a busy month for the BFCA whose Critics Choice Movie Awards take place just nine days later  on January 16th (and broadcast again this year on the CW). A good portion of the films nominated at the latter show are expected to be the same movies the BFCA will be highlighting at the January 7th event.

“After watching  42, Mandela, 12 Years A Slave, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Fruitvale Station, Best Man Holiday  and so many more, we realized never has a single year featured such a wide range of movies with such memorable performances both in front  of and behind the camera,”  said Joey Berlin, President  of the BFCA. KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin co-Executive Produces along with Berlin and called it an opportunity for “a great party, and a significant event”.

Certainly the long list of those “significant” achievements would merit special recognition particularly since 2013 represents the 50th anniversary of the historic Best Actor Oscar win for Sidney Poitier’s groundbreaking performance in 1963’s Lilies Of The Field. As Poitier said in his acceptance speech upon receiving that Oscar (the first ever in that category and only the second given to an African- American after Hattie Mc Daniel’s 1939 Supporting Actress award for Gone With The Wind), “It is a long journey to this moment”. Half a century later the journey continues and the BFCA plans to bring attention to that fact.

  1. Black cinema? I thought that they were just good cinema, didn’t know they were supposed to be ‘black cinema’…

  2. I hope Steve McQueen and the gang from 12 Years A Slave drops this event. So should the others. These are wildly different movies that should not even belong on the same stage. Quality film should be celebrated and Hollywood needs diversity. But it should be something of substance for all. Until then, better arrange seminars on why women of certain age, Latinos, Asian Americans etc are not represented more broadly. This kind of events just pats the industry in the back without any substantial changes.

  3. They’re joking, right? Six movies and patting themselves on the back. What’s with the surprise that these movies are good.

    1. @ella bee Q: “What’s with the surprise that these movies are good?”

      Answer: The (Hollywood) white supremacist patriarchal hierarchal mentality.

  4. Why should Hollywood give 2 sh*t about black cinema , the only movie with a black cast/ story that even touched 100 million domestic box is the Bulter, even a modest hit and critically acclaimed in North America will have no relevance to foreign audiences, they have no interest in watching black movies, the Bulter made 40 million foreign ( a highpiont for a black cinema ) and now that international gross are 70% of the total revue for a Hollywood movie , it’s just another reason black cinema isn’t profitable.

    With at most a modest hit in North America ( besides Bulter has their been any majority black cast movie reach 100 million) and no potential to recoup in International markets, why does Holywood have to make black movies, are they running a charity, black people are 12% American population they’re more then represented and in many cases over represented in film and Tv.

    No one is stopping rich people black or otherwise from making black movies, but why does a industry have to be manipulated into it, the film and tv , what people refer to as Hollywood is a business not a non profil organization.

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