African American Film Critics Association Awards: ‘American Fiction,’ ‘The Color Purple’ and ‘Origin’ Nab Top Honors

The African American Film Critics Association has announced the winners of the 15th annual AAFCA Awards, which honors outstanding achievement in film.

“American Fiction,” “The Color Purple” and “Origin” all scored multiple honors, with “American Fiction” and “The Color Purple” leading with four wins apiece. These three films also nabbed spots on the AAFCA’s list of top ten films of the year.

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“It’s become a tradition to announce our winners on MLK Day,” AAFCA president and co-founder Gil Robertson said in a statement. “And what a great year for cinema showcasing the vibrant tapestry of Black storytelling, where diversity is not a trend, but an imperative. This year’s winners have inspired, challenged and moved us and we are delighted to celebrate them and their cultural impact.”

Winners will be celebrated at the 15th annual AAFCA Awards on Feb. 21 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.

Here are the full list of winners:

Best Drama: Origin
Best Comedy: American Fiction
Best Musical: The Color Purple
Best Director: Ava DuVernay (Origin)
Best Screenplay: American Fiction
Best Actor: Colman Domingo (Rustin)
Best Actress: Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor (Origin)
Best Supporting Actor: Sterling K. Brown (American Fiction)
Best Supporting Actress: *TIE* Da’Vine Joy Randolph (The Holdovers), Danielle Brooks (The Color Purple)
Best Ensemble: The Color Purple
Breakout Performance: Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon)
Emerging Filmmaker: Cord Jefferson (American Fiction)
Best Independent Feature: A Thousand and One
Best Animated Feature: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Best Documentary: Stamped From The Beginning
Best Music: The Color Purple
Best International Film: Io Capitano
Best Short Film: The After


  1. American Fiction

  2. Origin

  3. The Color Purple

  4. Oppenheimer

  5. Past Lives

  6. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

  7. Poor Things

  8. Anatomy of a Fall

  9. Killers of the Flower Moon

  10. Barbie

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