*“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.
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