*It’s award season and the Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC) is having its say regarding who’s worthy of being feted this year.
Is that why Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” was nowhere to be found on their list?
In any event, the organization voted “The Social Network” Best Film of 2010 and awarded Best Director to Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), Best Actress to Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) and Best Actor is tied between Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) and James Franco (“127 Hours”).
The members cast their votes in New York. The complete list of award winners includes:
Best Picture: The Social Network
Best Director: Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
Best Actor: Colin Firth – The King’s Speech (tie) James Franco – 127 Hours
Best Actress – Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale – The Fighter
Best Supporting Actress – Melissa Leo – The Fighter
Best Independent Film – Night Catches Us
Best Original Screenplay -Christopher Nolan – Inception
Best Adapted Screenplay – Aaron Sorkin – The Social Network
Best Documentary – Waiting For Superman
Best Foreign Film – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Animated Film: Toy Story 3
Best Ensemble: The Social Network
BFFC Signature Awards include:
Pioneer: Haile Gerima – As the independent producer, director, writer of “Teza”, Gerima has bee recognized for sustaining African Diaspora culture and empowering disenfranchised populations through his highly artistic and provocative work. His commitment to speaking truth to power is depicted in a body of work from the seventies up to his ground-breaking film Sankofa of the nineties. Gerima is a visionary with an eye for promoting black culture in film in a positive and historical light.
Breakout: Jaden Smith – Jaden is a rising star who is recognized for his excellent performance in the summer blockbuster remake “The Karate Kid.” With an unmistakable charisma and charm, an acting ability beyond his years, and commitment and dedication to the role, Smith was a scene stealer. There is no doubt that Smith has a bright future ahead of him.
Special Mention: Gareth Edwards – With his SF film “Monsters”, Edwards took an original and organic approach to cinema bringing the industry back to its roots of visual storytelling. Edwards’ creativity defies the trend of contrived narratives and reliance on big budgets and gimmicks and instead gives the audience rich stories and memorable characters. “Monsters” is a great look at how Sci-Fi is done right (human stories, not creature-features) by a Director who understands that less is more, with good visual effects employed economically to enhance the film – not define it.
BFCC’s Top Ten Picks
1. The Social Network
3. Black Swan
4. The Fighter
5. The Kids Are All Right and The Town (tied)
7. Toy Story 3
8. The King’s Speech
9. Winter’s Bone
10. The Ghost Writer
Black Film Critics Circle is a film critics organization dedicated to honoring excellence of professionals in the film industry in U.S. and World Cinema. The organization launched in 2010 to celebrate achievements in cinema, maintain the integrity of a true critics organization and advance a collective vision of journalists of the black Diaspora.
BFCC’s mission is to acknowledge and honor the contributions by people of the black Diaspora in the film industry who work in front of and behind the camera while also welcoming promising new talent; Assist in the development of new talent in the field of entertainment journalism through educational opportunities, mentoring and strategic partnerships: Raise awareness of the significance of black film and black film history as a critical part of film culture and preservation.
BFCC Founding Cabinet Members:
Wilson Morales – Blackfilm.com/AOL Blackvoices
Mike Sargent – WBAI-FM/Tor.com
Shawn Edwards – Fox -TV (WDAF; FOX 4 NEWS KANSAS CITY)