AAFCA Recap 2018: Best Moments

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) represents the world’s largest group of black film critics.

Wednesday night’s 9th AAFCA awards celebrated excellence in film and television, and are where hundreds of celebrities and film critics came together to honor the best of 2017.Nischelle Turner

If you missed the show, here’s a recap of what took place.

A celebration of women

Host Nichelle Turner of Entertainment Tonight had an opening monologue that included a salute to several black female filmmakers. From “Mudbound” director Dee Rees, to Amma Asante (“A United Kingdom”), Turner’s two-minute speech saluted black women in entertainment. She also acknowledged the sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood and the gender pay inequality “Thankfully, a lot of people in the house tonight were instrumental in giving the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement life. And we salute you!”

Rob Reiner’s political speech

Veteran actor, writer and director Rob Reiner — who most recently directed “LBJ”, received AAFCA’s prestigious Stanley Kramer Award for Social Justice. The award recognized him for his career-long activism and support for progressive politics and once onstage, Reiner didn’t waste any time delving into politics. Calling out President Trump for his comments about Africa, he stated that Trump has given a voice to all this racism that we’re seeing again in this country. “We are all created equal. We are all on the frontlines together,” ended Reiner. “LBJ” takes a look at President Lyndon Baines Johnson and covers the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the passage of the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.Keegan and Peele

A standing ovation for Jordan Peele

Oscar nominated director and screenwriter of “Get Out, Jordan Peele, not only received the Horizon Award, but made several trips to the stage to collect a few more accolades that included a best picture and best director award for movie “Get Out.”

Ava DuVernay’s AAFCA shout out

Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay received the Innovation Award and talked about her early days in Hollywood as a publicist working on the AAFCA awards. Those tasks included rolling out the red carpet and sending out press releases to mainstream media outlets in an effort to promote the group of black film critics, “To see AAFCA getting better and better each year and being recognized is a joy to watch.”Omar Dorsey, Ava DuVernay &  Kofi Siriboe

Established in 2003, the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) represents the world’s largest group of black film critics and conducts a year-round calendar of programming for entertainment journalists, filmmakers and film enthusiast.

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