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.