The African American Film Critics Association has named Denzel Washington as the best actor of 2016.
Denzel Washington and Ruth Negga have been named as the top actors of 2016 by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the Xpose states.
Denzel was announced as the winner of the organisation’s best actor award for his role in Fences, a film he also directed.
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Ruth meanwhile will receive the best actress prize for her role in Loving at the AAFCA’s February (17) ceremony.
The big winner announced on Monday(12Dec16) however was Moonlight, as Barry Jenkins’ coming of age drama was named best picture, while he was named as best director.
Two of its stars will also receive awards, with singer turned actress Janelle Monae earning a breakout performance honour and Mahershala Ali being named as best supporting actor.
Viola Davis won the best supporting actress prize for Fences, a big screen adaptation of August Wilson’s play for which both she and actor/director Denzel both won Tony Awards for their turns in the 2010 Broadway revival.
AAFCA co-founder Shawn Edwards told Variety magazine, “It was an exceptional year in terms of the quantity and quality of films about the black experience.”
He added that it was heartening to see so many exceptional films featuring African-Americans less than a year after the Oscars was marred by a dearth of Black nominees for major prizes.
“While this by no means solves the diversity issue in the film industry, it was definitely refreshing to have such a wide range of exceptional work to choose from to honour and celebrate with our approval,” he said.
AAFCA’s eighth annual awards ceremony will be held at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles on 9 February (17), with special achievement honours being handed out on 4 February (17).
In the TV section, one notable winner was Beyonce, whose visual album Lemonade was named the best TV special or limited series.
The American Society of Cinematographers will award Denzel Washington the group’s annual Board of Governors Award during the 31st annual ASC Awards on February 4, according to Deadline.
The organization gives the award to individuals “whose body of work has made significant and indelible contributions to cinema” and is the only ASC Award not given to a cinematographer, but to those who have been champions for directors of photography and the visual art form.
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Washington directed, produced and stars in Paramount’s Fences, reprising his Tony-winning acting role along with his Tony-winning co-star Viola Davis. The pic is in the heat of awards season and bows in theaters on Christmas Day.
“Denzel Washington is an amazing director and actor, and a conscious force in these challenging times,” ASC president Kees van Oostrum said today. “A true artist is empowered by the era they live in, and he expresses an awareness of the world around us through his work. It is that strength of character that we honor with the ASC Governors Award.”
Denzel Washington Jr. (born December 28, 1954) is an American actor, director, and producer, according to Wikipedia. He has received three Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory (1989) and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day (2001).
Washington has received much critical acclaim for his film work since the 1980s, including his portrayals of real-life figures such as South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko in Cry Freedom (1987), Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X in Malcolm X (1992), boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter in The Hurricane (1999), football coach Herman Boone in Remember the Titans (2000), poet and educator Melvin B. Tolson in The Great Debaters (2007), and drug kingpin Frank Lucas in American Gangster (2007). He has been a featured actor in the films produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and has been a frequent collaborator of directors Spike Lee and the late Tony Scott. In 2016, Washington was selected as the recipient for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.
In 2002, Washington made his directorial debut with biographical film Antwone Fisher. His second directorial effort was The Great Debaters, released in 2007. He is currently in post production for his third directorial effort, Fences, starring himself opposite Viola Davis, slated for a December 25, 2016 release.
Nowaday the attention of the general public of public is directed to political events; as a result, the achievements of the Black celebrities sometimes don’t get the deserved appreciation. So, we’ll take our chance to sent our congratulations to Denzel, his contribution into the promotion of Black pride can not be underestimated.