Saturday, April 20, 2024

African American Film Critics Snub “Rustin” on Top 10 List on MLK Day, Also Omit Jon Batiste’s “American Symphony”


When you have one task and you don’t do it:

The African American film critics association released its top 10 movies of the year today, Martin Luther King’s birthday.

So they snubbed “Rustin,” the movie about King’s famed associated, Bayard Rustin. They did list Colman Domingo, who plays Rustin in the film. But otherwise they ignored the film.

I mean, what can you say?

The AAFCA also snubbed Jon Batiste’s fine documentary, “American Symphony.” Picture me hitting my forehead with my palm.

Instead they just listed all the same films that all the critics groups have honored, like “Oppenheimer” or “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

The AAFCA did go big time for Ava DuVernay’s “Origin,” which apparently was manipulated, I’m told by sources. “Origin” didn’t get the number of votes required. (Head shaking.)

So what gives? And why take this group seriously?


  1. American Fiction
  2. Origin
  3. The Color Purple
  4. Oppenheimer
  5. Past Lives
  6. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  7. Poor Things
  8. Anatomy of a Fall
  9. Killers of the Flower Moon
  10. Barbie

Best Drama: Origin
Best Comedy: American Fiction
Best Musical: The Color Purple
Best Director: Ava DuVernay (Origin)
Best Screenplay: American Fiction
Best Actor: Colman Domingo (Rustin)
Best Actress: Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor (Origin)
Best Supporting Actor: Sterling K. Brown (American Fiction)
Best Supporting Actress: *TIE* Da’Vine Joy Randolph (The Holdovers), Danielle Brooks (The Color Purple)
Best Ensemble: The Color Purple
Breakout Performance: Lily Gladstone (Killers of the Flower Moon)
Emerging Filmmaker: Cord Jefferson (American Fiction)
Best Independent Feature: A Thousand and One
Best Animated Feature: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Best Documentary: Stamped From The Beginning
Best Music: The Color Purple
Best International Film: Io Capitano
Best Short Film: The After

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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