African American Film Critics Assn. Names ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Top Film of 2015; Will Smith Wins Lead Actor Award for ‘Concussion’


“Straight Outta Compton,” the box office hit about the influential ’90s rap group N.W.A,  was selected best picture of the year Monday by the African American Film Critics Assn.

The F. Gary Gray-directed film also won for ensemble and supporting actor for Jason Mitchell.

“Creed” also won three AAFCA awards Monday. Ryan Coogler, who earned the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.’s New Generation Award on Sunday, received the director award, Michael B. Jordan won for breakout performance, and Tessa Thompson earned supporting actress honors.

Will Smith received the lead actor award from the critics group for  “Concussion,” and Teyonah Parris was named best lead actress for Spike Lee’s  “Chi-Raq.”

Screenplay honors went to Rick Fumuyiwa for “Dope.” “Chi-Raq” received the award for independent film. “The Peanuts Movie” won animated film,  and “A Ballerina’s Tale” earned documentary honors.

“See You Again” from “Furious 7” won for song.

“Our members found an interesting theme in many of the films released this year, giving a voice to communities who have generally been underserved and marginalized in society,” said AAFCA president Gil Robertson said in a statement Monday.

“With movies like ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Chi-Raq,’ ‘3 1/2 Minutes’ and ‘Dope,’ filmmakers brought to life many storylines that are a reflection of what’s happening in our world today, including the #BlackLivesMatter movement.”

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SOURCE: L.A. Times – Susan King

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