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AUNJANUE ELLIS as Oracene “Brandy” Williams, MIKAYLA BARTHOLOMEW as Tunde Price, WILL SMITH as Richard Williams, SANIYYA SIDNEY as Venus Williams, DEMI SINGLETON as Serena Williams and DANIELE LAWSON as Isha Price in Warner Bros. Pictures’ inspiring drama KING RICHARD
(L – r) AUNJANUE ELLIS as Oracene “Brandy” Williams, MIKAYLA BARTHOLOMEW as Tunde Price, WILL SMITH as Richard Williams, SANIYYA SIDNEY as Venus Williams, DEMI SINGLETON as Serena Williams and DANIELE LAWSON as Isha Price in Warner Bros. Pictures’ inspiring drama KING RICHARD, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Chiabella James

The Black Film Critics Circle awarded Reinaldo Marcus Green’s King Richard, the honor of Best Film of 2021, along with Best Actor for Will Smith and Best Supporting Actress for Aunjanue Ellis, as exclusively reported by Variety.

Other awards went to “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” for Documentary and “The Hand of God” for Foreign Film.

Special awards including Pioneer Award went to Janicza Bravo for Zola and a Special Mention to Questlove, director of Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised).

2021 Black Film Critics Circle Award Winners

Best Picture: “King Richard” (Warner Bros)

Director: Denis Villeneuve, “Dune” (Warner Bros)

Actor: Will Smith, “King Richard” (Warner Bros)

Actress: Tessa Thompson, “Passing” (Netflix)

Supporting Actor: Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)

Supporting Actress: Aunjanue Ellis, “King Richard” (Warner Bros)

Original Screenplay: Zach Baylin, “King Richard” (Warner Bros)

Adapted Screenplay: Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)

Cinematography: Greig Fraser, “Dune” (Warner Bros)

Documentary: “Summer of Soul” (Hulu/Searchlight Pictures)

Animated Film: “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” (Netflix)

Foreign Film: “The Hand of God” (Netflix)

Ensemble: “The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)

BFCC Signature Awards

Pioneer Award: Janicza Bravo, “Zola” (A24)

Rising Star: Jeymes Samuel, “The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)

Special Mention: Questlove

Top 10 Films

  1. King Richard (Warner Bros/HBO Max)
  2. The Harder They Fall (Netflix)
  3. The Power of the Dog (Netflix)
  4. West Side Story (20th Century Studios)
  5. Respect (MGM/UAR)
  6. Summer of Soul (Hulu/Searchlight Pictures)
  7. Dune (Warner Bros/HBO Max)
  8. The Tragedy of Macbeth (A24/Apple Original Films)
  9. Cyrano (MGM/UAR)
  10. Passing (Netflix)
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