OFFICIAL STATEMENT REGARDING SONY LEAKED EMAILS
“The continued ruckus regarding the Sony emails sounds like a lot of rocks being thrown in a glass house. Since its earliest days, Sony Pictures Entertainment has maintained one of the most impressive track records in the film industry for providing platforms for film properties that highlight the African American experience. The studio also has a solid track record when it comes to hiring executives of color. Actions speak a lot louder than words and it is our hope that this situation will serve as a learning opportunity that will spawn greater dialogue around diversity and inclusion in cinema. The African American Film Critics Association has maintained an excellent relationship with SPE under Amy Pascal’s leadership, which is a position that we will continue to hold.”
– Gil Robertson IV, President AAFCA
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AFRICAN-AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION NAMES SELMA AS TOP FILM OF 2014
David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tyler Perry, J.K. Simmons and Octavia Spencer Also Receive Wins from the Nation’s Premiere African American Critics Group
Los Angeles, CA (December 8, 2014) – Selma, the first studio film to center around Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is the big winner among the critics representing the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA). The Paramount film earned multiple awards from AAFCA for Best Director, (Ava DuVernay); Best Actor for Oyelowo and Best Song for its John Legend/Common theme song, “Glory”. AAFCA will hold its annual award ceremony and dinner on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:00pm the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, CA.
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AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION UNVIELS
2015 SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNERS
(Los Angeles) – The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), will honor Universal Pictures Chairwoman, Donna Langley; Los Angeles Film Festival Director, Stephanie Allain; Black List.com, co-founder, Franklin Leonard with its Special Achievement Award for career excellent during its annual award show on February 4th, 2015 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood. The organization has also selected LA Times entertainment reporter Susan King as the 2015 reciepient of its Roger Ebert Award and producer Debra Martin Chase, who will receive the Ashley Boone Award.
“We are more than delighted with our distinguished group of honorees for 2015,” says AAFCA president, Gil Robertson. “Each of them have achieved a level of excellence with their body of work in their respective crafts. They are examples who are to be admired and the members of AAFCA look forward to celebrating their achievements.”
Established in 2003, the African American Film Critics Association is the largest black film critics’ organization in the United States, representing television, radio, print and online critics. Annually, the organization presents awards in 12 categories in addition to five Special Achievement Honors. The organization also produce panels and workshops with film festival partners nationwide and overseas an internship progam for next gen film journalists a Clark Atlanta University.