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Surprise: Frances McDormand Wins 2017 African American Films Critics Award for Best Actress in “Three Billboards”

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Surprise: Frances McDormand, who is white, has won Best Actress from the African American Film Critics in their 2017 awards. The group named “Get Out” for Best Picture, Director, and Actor. All the main winners were black, which is appropriate since they’re the African American film critics.

Choosing McDormand is cool and definitely different. They obviously saw something in her character’s defiant journey to get justice for her dead daughter in Martin McDonagh’s original and searing screenplay. It’s a performance full of soul.

McDormand is, of course, an Oscar, Tony, and Emmy winner and is one of our finest actresses. Her work in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has earned her a Golden Globe nomination will also get her an Oscar nomination next month. If she could sing, she’d have a Grammy.

The critics’ choice is also indicative that this year there were no African American actresses in lead roles. The only black actresses from movies were in the supporting category. That’s certainly a problem that needs to be addressed.

BEST PICTURE
GET OUT

BEST DIRECTOR
JORDAN PEELE – GET OUT

BEST ACTOR
DANIEL KALUUYA – GET OUT

BEST ACTRESS
FRANCES McDORMAND – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
LAURENCE FISHBURNE – LAST FLAG FLYING

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
TIFFANY HADDISH – GIRLS TRIP

BEST COMEDY
GIRLS TRIP

BEST ENSEMBLE
DETROIT

BEST INDEPENDENT
CROWN HEIGHTS

BEST ANIMATED
COCO

BEST DOCUMENTARY
STEP

BEST FOREIGN
THE WOUND

BEST SCREENPLAY
GET OUT

BEST SONG
“IT AINT FAIR” — DETROIT – THE ROOTS featuring BILAL

BEST NEW MEDIA
MUDBOUND

BEST TV SERIES (COMEDY)
BLACKISH

BEST TV SERIES (DRAMA)
QUEEN SUGAR

BREAKOUT
LAKEITH STANFIELD – CROWN HEIGHTS

AAFCA TOP 10 FILM – 2017

  1. GET OUT
  2. THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI
  3. COCO
  4. GIRLS TRIP
  5. DETROIT
  6. CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
  7. THE SHAPE OF WATER
  8. GOOK
  9. CROWN HEIGHTS
  10.  MARSHALL

AAFCA TOP 10 TV – 2017

  1. QUEEN SUGAR: Season 2
  2. UNDERGROUND: Season 2
  3. INSECURE: Season 2
  4. MASTER OF NONE: Season 2
  5. BLACK-ISH: Season 4
  6. THE HANDMAID’S TALE: Season 1
  7. DEAR WHITE PEOPLE: Season 1
  8. SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT: Season 1
  9.  THE DEFIANT ONES
  10. TIE: GUERILLA/SNOWFALL: Season 1

 

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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