‘American Fiction,’ ‘Origin’ among winners of 15th annual AAFCA Awards


The African American Film Critics Association has announced the winners for the 15th annual AAFCA Awards.

American Fiction, Origin and The Color Purple scored Best Comedy, Best Drama and Best Musical, respectively. Colman Domingo took the award for Best Actor in Rustin, and Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor won Best Actress for Origin.

Sterling K. Brown took home Best Supporting Actor for American Fiction, and there was a tie in the Best Supporting Actress category between Da’Vine Joy Randolph for The Holdovers and Danielle Brooks for The Color Purple.

“It’s become a tradition to announce our winners on MLK Day,” AAFCA president and co-founder Gil Robertson said in a statement. “And what a great year for cinema showcasing the vibrant tapestry of Black storytelling, where diversity is not a trend, but an imperative. This year’s winners have inspired, challenged, and moved us and we are delighted to celebrate them and their cultural impact.”

The 15th annual AAFCA Awards take place on March 3 in Beverly Hills, CA.

Here are the AAFCA’s Top 10 films list and the winners of the AAFCA Awards:

AAFCA’S Top 10 films of the year

1. American Fiction
2. Origin
3. The Color Purple
4. Oppenheimer
5. Past Lives
6. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
7. Poor Things
8. Anatomy of a Fall
9. Killers of the Flower Moon
10. Barbie

Best Drama

Best Comedy
American Fiction

Best Musical
The Color Purple

Best Director
Ava DuVernay, Origin

Best Screenplay
American Fiction

Best Actor
Colman Domingo, Rustin

Best Actress
Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Origin

Best Supporting Actor
Sterling K. Brown, American Fiction

Best Supporting Actress
*TIE* Da’Vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers; Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple

Best Ensemble
The Color Purple

Breakout Performance
Lily Gladstone, Killers of the Flower Moon

Emerging Filmmaker
Cord Jefferson, American Fiction

Best Independent Feature
A Thousand and One

Best Animated Feature
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Best Documentary
Stamped From the Beginning

Best Music
The Color Purple

Best International Film
Io Capitano

Best Short Film
The After

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