AAFCA TV Honors Award Michaela Coel, Norman Lear and Steve McQueen
Michaela coel, Normand Léar and Steve mcqueen were among the winners of the third annual AAFCA TV Honors on Saturday.
The event, presented by the African American Film Critics Association, was held virtually, with the Emmy nominee Yvette Nicole Brun the reception of the awards ceremony.
The winners including Wanda sykes, Naomi ackie and Omar Sy teleported from their homes to accept their honors. The awards were presented by more than two dozen members of AAFCA, including the President of AAFCA Gil robertson, who highlighted what made each project impactful and each artist exceptional.
Breakout Creative Award recipient Coel mentioned the virtual nature of the ceremony in her speech, saying she looked forward to the day when she can attend the ceremony in person and commune with the other black performers who have had it. inspired.
“I made a story, which was filmed across the pond, on my European continent, could be seen and heard by you in America, by black people in America,” Coel said. “That you see yourself, rightly, at work, that means a lot. “
She added: “The work, both on screen and in books, [the] the sound, the music of black America has been fundamental to who I am. It shaped me as a person, and that’s why it’s such an honor to receive this award.
The event was originally scheduled to be held at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, with a guest list reduced to 50% from previous years, before the AAFCA decided to move to a virtual presentation due to growing concerns. related to COVID.
While accepting her Best Actress honor, the “Lovecraft Country” star Jurnee Smollett shouted the show’s ultra-talented ensemble, especially thanking his “creative soul sister”, the show’s creator, Misha Green, and Jonathan majors, which she called “thunder to my lightning bolts”. Majors was also honored at the event, receiving the award for best actor.
“I just want to take a quick moment and just say that it’s not about work in any way, but who the job is for and what can the job do,” said Majors.
“During a year of suffering and pain within our culture, it moves me that the story of Atticus and the characters in ‘Lovecraft’ have touched our community and continued to protest and move forward. “, he continued. “I want to dedicate this to all of our fallen brothers and sisters, and say, we keep going, keep going, we move forward.”
The awards show also featured clips from the CW spin-off “All-American: Homecoming”; Netflix’s “Family Reunion” and “Aida Twist, Scientist”; and season 6 of “Queen Sugar” (which won three awards). Creator Ava Du Vernay accepted the award for best writing from the OWN show, while the star Rutina wesley took top honors when the show won Best Drama. Wesley was joined by costars Kofi Siriboe and Dawn-Lyen Gardner to accept the Impact Prize.
Barry jenkins “The Underground Railroad” won two awards (for best director and best limited series “), with the Oscar-winning filmmaker accepting both honors. McQueen won the Game Changer Award for his anthology series,” Small Ax, “highlighting the important relationship between creators and critics.
“The way you kiss me and my work since ’12 Years a Slave ‘has been wonderful,” McQueen said. “And when I think back to that movie, I think of someone [calling the film], ‘your impossible movie.’ But we made the impossible possible as a collective of black critics and filmmakers. “
The final prize for the event went to Lear, who received the Legend Award. In his virtual acceptance speech, Lear said: “I have always believed that laughter adds time to life, so I will not mention a name that I do not think has particularly, independently and personally. added time to my life. “
He then thanked a laundry list of collaborators, who “moved every piece and made me laugh in parts of my body that I didn’t even know existed,” including Marla Gibbs and Bern Nadette Stanis (who appeared in a pre-recorded package celebrating Lear’s accomplishments), as well as “Good Times” stars John Amos, Esther Rolle, “The Jeffersons” star Sherman Hemsley, “Sanford and Sons” star Redd Foxx , as well as related newcomers Laverne Cox, Jamie Foxx, DuVernay, Dave Chappelle, Kerry Washington and Kenya Barris.
Robertson also announced that proceeds from the event will benefit Lear’s foundation, People for the American Way.
The full list of AAFCA TV Honors 2021 award winners:
Best Actress: Jurnee Smollett, “Lovecraft Country”, HBO
Best Actor: Jonathan Majors, “Lovecraft Country”, HBO
Best Drama: “Queen Sugar”, OWN
Best Comedy: “A Black Lady Sketch Show”, HBO (accepted by creator / star Robin thede)
Best New Show: “The Equalizer”, CBS (accepted by Debra Martin Chase & President of the Universal Studio group Perlena Igbokwe)
Best Limited Series: “The Underground Railroad”, Amazon Prime Video (accepted by Barry Jenkins)
Best docuseries: “Exterminate All the Brutes”, HBO (accepted by the director Raoul Peck) and “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America”, Netflix, (accepted by the director Roger ross williams, Fabienne Toback and Karis jagger)
Best Writing: “Queen Sugar”, OWN (accepted by Ava DuVernay)
Best Director: Barry Jenkins, “The Underground Railroad”, Amazon Prime Video
Best Film: “Sylvie’s Love”, Amazon Prime Video (accepted by Writer / Director / Producer Eugene Ashe)
Game Changer Award: Steve McQueen for “Small Ax”, his limited five-part Amazon Prime Video series.
Salute to Excellence Award: Wanda Sykes (“The Upshaws”, Netflix) for broadening the parameters of diversity and inclusion for black and LGBTQ communities.
Horizon Award: Naomi Ackie for her outstanding performances in Netflix’s “Master of None” and Amazon Prime Video’s “Small Ax”.
Breakout Creative Award (presented with Adcolor): Michaela Coel for her HBO limited series “I May Destroy You”.
Prize for the best international production: “Lupine”, the Netflix cat and mouse series set in Paris and starring Omar Sy (accepted by Sy and the creator George kay)
Impact Prize: “Queen Sugar”, OWN
Inclusion price: HBO / HBO Max (accepted by John Murchison, Senior Vice President, HBO Programming and WarnerMedia Talent Development)
Legend Award: Norman Lear