viola davis (screenshot from 'the help')

Viola Davisd stars in 'The Help'

*“The Help” was named the best film of 2011 by the BFCC/Black Film Critics Circle.

Dee Rees was also named best director for “Pariah,” Viola Davis for best actress also for “The Help” and Olivier Litondo for best actor in “The First Grader.”

The announcement was made Tuesday a day after members of the organization cast their votes the night before.

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The BFCC awarded prizes in 13 categories including best picture, director, original, and adapted screenplay.

“This year was a very engaging one in cinema,” says Mike Sargent, BFCC co-president.  “Both commercial and independent fare illustrated the continued ability of Hollywood to entertain, spotlight new talent, show fresh perspectives and move audiences.  Congratulations to all of the winners.”

The complete list of award winners include:

Best Picture – THE HELP

Best Director – Dee Rees for PARIAH

Best Actor – Olivier Litondo for THE FIRST GRADER

Best Actress – Viola Davis for THE HELP

Best Supporting Actor – Albert Brooks for DRIVE

Best Supporting Actress – Octavia Spencer for THE HELP

Best Independent Film – PARIAH

Best Original Screenplay – Dee Rees for PARIAH

Best Adapted Screenplay – Tate Taylor for THE HELP

Best Documentary – BEING ELMO: A Puppeteer’s Journey

Best Foreign Film – LIFE, ABOVE ALL

Best Animated Film – RANGO

Best Ensemble – THE HELP