EXCLUSIVE: The Black Film Critics Circle has set its 2017 winners in 13 categories, along with special Signature Awards and an overall Top 10 for the year. Dee Rees’ Mudbound leads the main pack of laureates with prizes for Best Film, Best Supporting Actress (Mary J Blige), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Ensemble. Jordan Peele’s Get Out also gets shout-outs in the Best Director and Best Original Screenplay categories.
Gary Oldman and Frances McDormand take top acting honors for Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, respectively. (See full lists below).
Founded in 2010, the Black Film Critics Circle is comprised of film critics of color from daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, radio, television and qualifying online publications. The organization is dedicated to honoring excellence of professionals in the theatrical motion picture industry in U.S. and world cinema. The BFCC also assists in the development of new talent in the field of entertainment journalism through educational opportunities, mentoring and strategic partnerships and raises awareness of the significance of black film and black film history as a critical part of film culture and preservation.
Says founding member and Co-President Mike Sargent, “This has been an enormous year for storytellers of color. For the first time we are seeing a large diversity of films that are not just starring actors, not just being written by, and not just being directed or produced by but written, directed, produced and starring African-Americans, shattering barriers and ushering in a true era of black film. Never before have we had more African-American directors (Jordan Peele, F Gary Gray, Malcolm Lee) with films grossing over $100M each in the same year. And with Dee Rees, Margaret Betts and Ava DuVernay, all black female directors making studio backed films, change is not coming change is here. African-American filmmakers are breaking box office records, redefining genres and reminding the world that we have many stories yet to be told.”
BFCC voting, however, is not restricted to films by black filmmakers or those led by black acting talent. Dunkirk, Wonder Woman and Blade Runner 2049 are also on the BFCC’s Top 10 best.
The complete list of winners and the overall Top 10 are below:
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Frances McDormand, Three Billboard Outside Ebbing Missouri
Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Best Supporting Actress
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Animated Film
Blade Runner 2049
Best Foreign Film
A Fantastic Woman
Jordan Peele for his “genre redefining film Get Out. Peele has not only defied box office expectations but helped redefine a genre that very few African American filmmakers ever get to work in. This powerful storyteller has reminded the world that while horror films remains a lucrative entertainment genre there is much room for deeper meaning and social commentary within the context of the ‘scary movie’, the very essence of the word Pioneer.”
Daniel Kaluuya whose performance in Get Out “defines exactly what a rising star is, coming from seemingly nowhere his performance help cement get out as the horror film classic that it is. His ability convey humor, pathos, vulnerability and strength signify an actor whose talents will not only be in demand but will greatly enrich any film he is cast in what we believe will be a very long and memorable career.”
Girls Trip, directed by Malcolm Lee, produced by Will Packer with a script by Kenya Barris & Tracy Oliver and featuring an all-black cast “proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that African-American stories are as just as commercially viable as their white counterparts.”
BLACK FILM CRITICS CIRCLE TOP TEN FILMS OF 2017
2. Get Out
3. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
4. The Shape of Water
5. The Post
8. Wonder Woman
9. I, Tonya
10. Blade Runner 2049