american black film festival*Awards show season is in full effect!

But the award shows that have tendency to be overlooked are the black film ceremonies with the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and Oscars dominating the season.

Nevertheless, American Black Film Festival celebrates black films (many of which are overlooked by the Academy Awards), and the African American Film Festival Hollywood Awards is taking place next month on February 19.

The ceremony will only be a five-minute web show hosted by “Real Husbands of Hollywood” producer Chris Spencer.

“I will be the Ed McMahon of today’s times. Do you remember Publishers Clearing House when he would knock on the winner’s door and deliver them a fat check? I’m gonna take it a step further,” Spencer told The Huffington Post.

He continued with, “the winner of the ABFF Hollywood Award won’t have to wait to be home to see me. I’m coming to your house, your momma’s house, your baby’s momma’s house, the dentist, the doctor, your dealer’s. Anywhere we think you may be, I’m coming to give you your trophy.”

Morris Chestnut is the ABFF ambassador and a nominee for best actor — who says 2013 was a great year for black actors and black films.

“It’s exciting to be a part of the resurgence of black films,” the Best Man Holiday actor told the site. “I feel that it is somewhat of a movement, a progression that so many films were this well received in one year. Hopefully it is a sign of finer things to come.”

List of Nominees

MOVIE OF THE YEAR

12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures) – produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan and Anthony Katagas

Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company) – produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (The Weinstein Company) – produced by Pam Williams, Laura Ziskin, Lee Daniels, Buddy Patrick andCassian Elwes

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (The Weinstein Company) – produced by David M. Thompson and Anant Singh

The Best Man Holiday (Universal Pictures) – produced by Sean Daniel and Malcolm D. Lee

BEST ACTOR

Morris Chestnut – The Best Man Holiday

Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years A Slave

Idris Elba – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station

Forest Whitaker – Lee Daniels’ The Butler

BEST ACTRESS

Halle Berry – The Call

Danai Gurira – Mother of George

LisaGaye Hamilton – Go for Sisters

Nia Long – The Best Man Holiday

Kerry Washington – Peeples

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips

Cuba Gooding, Jr. – Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Terrence Howard – The Best Man Holiday

Samuel L. Jackson – Oldboy

David Oyelowo – Lee Daniels’ The Butler

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Nicole Beharie – 42: The Jackie Robinson Story

Naomie Harris – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Sanaa Lathan – The Best Man Holiday

Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years A Slave

Octavia Spencer – Fruitvale Station

Oprah Winfrey – Lee Daniels’ The Butler

BEST DIRECTOR

Ryan Coogler – Fruitvale Station

Lee Daniels – Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Antoine Fuqua – Olympus Has Fallen

Malcolm D. Lee  The Best Man Holiday

Spike Lee – Oldboy

Steve McQueen – 12 Years A Slave

BEST SCREENPLAY

12 Years A Slave (written by: John Ridley)

Black Nativity (written by: Kasi Lemmons)

Fruitvale Station (written by: Ryan Coogler)

The Best Man Holiday (written by: Malcolm D. Lee)

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (written by: Michael Starrbury)

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

Baggage Claim

Black Nativity

Fast & Furious 6

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

The Best Man Holiday

BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips

Chadwick Boseman – 42: The Jackie Robinson Story

Skylan Brooks – The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete

Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station

Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years A Slave

ABFF is coming to NYC. Watch below: