Critics Choice Celebration of Black Cinema to honor Chiwetel Ejiofor

Eddie Murphy, left, Nia Long, Kasi Lemmons will also be honored alongside Ejiofor at the event designed to celebrate more than 100 years of black cinema.

Murphy will receive the Career Achievement Award as a tribute to his extraordinary roles over the years. Recognized most recently for his brilliant portrayal of Rudy Ray Moore in Netflix’s “Dolemite Is My Name,” Murphy’s performance helps shed light on an era when black artists were pioneering newfound ways to reach black audiences and tell their own stories. Long will be honored for her performance as Eunice Garrett in Apple’s “The Banker,” a story about African Americans forging their own path to the American dream. Lemmons will be honored for her achievement in directing Focus Features’ “Harriet,”  the first-ever feature film about runaway slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman, starring Cynthia Erivo as the iconic freedom fighter and Ejiofor will be honored for his feature film directorial and screenwriting debut and his performance in Netflix’s “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” a film based on a memoir by the Malawian engineer William Kamkwamba.

“The Critics Choice Association is thrilled to help celebrate a century of black cinema,” said CCA CEO Joey Berlin. “It is a privilege to honor Eddie Murphy, Kasi Lemmons, Nia Long, and Chiwetel Ejiofor for their remarkable work this year and throughout their careers.  Each in their own way – through comedy and drama, in front of and behind the camera – exemplify the range and power of African American themed movies and their importance in popular culture.”

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