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The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) announced its 2016 award winners and named Moonlight the Best Picture, along with Best Director honors for Barry Jenkins, Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, Breakout Performance 2017 for Janelle Monae, and Best Independent Film.

“Our members had a plethora of outstanding movies, documentaries and TV shows to choose from this year,” said AAFCA co-founder Shawn Edwards. “It was an exceptional year in terms of the quantity and quality of films about the black experience. And 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 honor and celebrate with our approval.”

The awards ceremony will take place February 9 in Los Angeles.

2016 African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Awards winners.


Best Picture

Best Director
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Actor
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actress
Ruth Negga, Loving

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, Fences

Best Ensemble
The cast of Hidden Figures

Breakout Performance 2017
Janelle Monae, Moonlight and Hidden Figures

Best Independent Film

Best Animation Film

Best Song
“Victory,” Hidden Figures

Best Documentary

Best Foreign Film

Best Screenplay
August Wilson, Fences


Best TV Show, Drama
Queen Sugar

Best TV Show, Comedy

Best TV Show, Cable/New Media

Best TV Show, Special/Limited Series

AAFCA Top 10 Films of 2016 in Order of Distinction

1. Moonlight
2. Fences
3. Hidden Figures
4. Lion
5. La La Land
6. The Birth of a Nation
7. Loving
8. Manchester by the Sea
9. Hell or High Water
10. Queen of Katwe

AAFCA Top 10 TV Shows of 2016 in Order of Distinction

1. Queen Sugar
2. Underground
3. Atlanta
4. Insecure
5. Luke Cage
6. This Is Us
7. Black-ish
8. The Get Down
9. Westworld
10. Survivor’s Remorse

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