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JORDAN PEELE, FRANCES McDORMAND, AVA DuVERNAY AND ROB REINER HONORED AT THE 9TH ANNUAL AFRICAN...

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JORDAN PEELE, FRANCES McDORMAND, AVA DuVERNAY AND ROB REINER HONORED AT THE 9TH ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM CRITICS AWARDS

GET OUT, GIRLS TRIP, QUEEN SUGAR, AND BLACK-ISH AMONG TOP HONORS

AWARDS GALA SPONSORED BY NISSAN AND HOME DEPOT TOOK PLACE IN LOS ANGELES WEDNESDAY NIGHT

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  The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the nation’s premiere group of Black film critics, handed out trophies to winners in several categories at its 9th annual awards gala held in Los Angeles Wednesday night.  Several industry notables also received honorary awards for their outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry, as well as their commitment to civil rights, telling stories with global perspectives, breaking barriers of inclusion and more.  Filmmaker Ava DuVernay received the Innovation Award; Oscar® nominated director and screenwriter of GET OUT, Jordan Peele, received the Horizon Award; Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove of Alcon Entertainment received the Cinema Vanguard Award and Rob Reiner received the Stanley Kramer Award for Social Justice. The evening’s festivities were presided over by AAFCA Co-Founders Gil Robertson and Shawn Edwards and were hosted by Nichelle Turner of EntertainmentTonight.

As previously announced, four honors were presented to industry luminaries at the 2018 AAFCA Special Achievement Luncheon on February 3rdat the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  Edward James Olmos received the Legacy Award for his lifetime achievements as an award winning actor and activist; President of ABC Entertainment Group Channing Dungey who is the first African American female to run a broadcast television network received the Ashley Boone Award; leading journalist Claudia Puig received the Roger Ebert Award for excellence in journalism and Vice News received the inaugural Game Changer Award for their groundbreaking news coverage of world events with Vice Media’s Culture Correspondent Dexter Thomas accepting on behalf of Vice. The honorees were selected by AAFCA for their noteworthy accomplishments and were celebrated during the luncheon by their friends, family, colleagues and industry peers.

Both events are part of AAFCA’s celebration of awards season and recognizing the top entertainment of the year, along with recognizing the achievements of select individuals and organizations that are leading the way as inclusive storytellers, boundary breakers, civil rights leaders and trailblazers.

A full list of winners and honorees from both events includes:

9TH ANNUAL AAFCA AWARDS HONOREES

  • Horizon Award:  Jordan Peele
  • Stanley Kramer Award for Social Justice:  Rob Reiner
  • Cinema Vanguard Award:  Broderick Johnson & Andrew Kosove (Co-Presidents, Alcon Entertainment)
  • AAFCA Innovator Award:  Ava DuVernay

2018 AAFCA SPECIAL ACHIEVMEENT LUNCHEON HONOREES

  • Legacy Award:  Edward James Olmos
  • Ashley Boone Award:  Channing Dungey
  • Roger Ebert Award:  Claudia Puig (President, Los Angeles Film Critics Association)
  • Game Changer Award:  Vice

9TH ANNUAL AAFCA AWARDS WINNERS

  • BEST PICTURE: GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
  • BEST DIRECTOR: JORDAN PEELE – GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
  • BEST ACTOR: DANIEL KALUUYA – GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
  • BEST ACTRESS: FRANCES McDORMAND – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI (Fox Searchlight)
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: LAURENCE FISHBURNE – LAST FLAG FLYING (Amazon Studios/Lionsgate)
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: TIFFANY HADDISH – GIRLS TRIP (Universal Pictures)
  • BEST COMEDY: GIRLS TRIP (Universal Pictures)
  • BEST ENSEMBLE: DETROIT (Annapurna Pictures)
  • BEST INDEPENDENT: CROWN HEIGHTS (Amazon Studios/IFC Films)
  • BEST ANIMATED: COCO (Disney/Pixar)
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY: STEP (Fox Searchlight)
  • BEST FOREIGN: THE WOUND (Kino Lorber)
  • BEST SCREENPLAY: GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
  • BEST SONG: “IT AINT FAIR" – DETROIT – THE ROOTS featuring BILAL (Motown Records)
  • BEST NEW MEDIA: MUDBOUND (Netflix)
  • BEST TV SERIES (COMEDY): BLACKISH (ABC)
  • BEST TV SERIES (DRAMA): QUEEN SUGAR (OWN)
  • BREAKOUT: LAKEITH STANFIELD – CROWN HEIGHTS (Amazon Studios/IFC Films)

All photos credited to Sheri Determan.

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Jordan Peele, Ava DuVernay and Gary Oldman Topline “The Hollywood Masters” as Acclaimed Series...

ava duverneyJordan Peele, Ava DuVernay and Gary Oldman Topline "The Hollywood Masters" as Acclaimed Series Returns for Ninth Season

Guests also include Academy Award® nominee Willem Dafoe, editor Carol Littleton and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President John Bailey Participants in season nine of The Hollywood Masters at Loyola Marymount University include Academy Award nominees Jordan Peele, Willem Dafoe, Gary Oldman, and Ava DuVernay, and Academy President John Bailey (LMU class of 1964) with his wife, Academy Award-nominated film editor Carol Littleton. Participants in season nine of The Hollywood Masters at Loyola Marymount University include Academy Award nominees Jordan Peele, Willem Dafoe, Gary Oldman, and Ava DuVernay, and Academy President John Bailey (LMU class of 1964) with his wife, ... Loyola Marymount University's School of Film and Television today announced the lineup for the ninth season of its acclaimed interview series "The Hollywood Masters." The season features three-time Academy Award®-nominated writer-director Jordan Peele (Get Out) along with Academy Award nominees Willem Dafoe, Gary Oldman and Ava DuVernay. It will close with a dual visit from award-winning cinematographer and Academy president John Bailey (LMU class of 1964) and his wife, award-winning editor Carol Littleton (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial). The program, hosted by Emmy® Award-winning journalist and executive features editor of The Hollywood Reporter Stephen Galloway, is filmed by students and alumni before a live audience on the Loyola Marymount University campus. Dafoe (Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ), a supporting actor nominee this year for The Florida Project, will take part in the series on February 7, followed by best actor nominee Oldman (Darkest Hour, Sid & Nancy, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) on February 14. Writer-director DuVernay (A Wrinkle in Time, 13th, Selma) will visit the campus on February 21, with Bailey and Littleton appearing on March 14. Peele kicked off the season on January 31. "This season's 'Hollywood Masters' doesn't just celebrate veterans, it also puts a focus on the men and women who have impacted our culture in a major way early in their careers," said Galloway. "With Ava DuVernay and Jordan Peele joining Willem Dafoe and Gary Oldman, we're seeing the work of the best and the brightest today, and entering the thinking of brilliant filmmakers as they navigate the risks and challenges of Hollywood in the future." "Our celebrated series 'The Hollywood Masters' returns with another season of incredibly talented and prolific guests sharing their insights gained over years of navigating this often complex business," said Stephen Ujlaki, dean of the School of Film and Television. "We are proud to provide our students, who are still forming their opinions and vision as artists, the unique opportunity to hear first-hand about the most creative and impactful moments that shaped these industry giants' careers." "The Hollywood Masters" tapings are open to LMU students, faculty and alumni only. Each of the 90-minute interviews will be transcribed and made available, along with clips, exclusively on The Hollywood Reporter website, where the series has drawn a worldwide audience. Edited versions of the show will be offered as full seasons on Netflix. Season One of the series, featuring 11 episodes, is now streaming on Netflix.
Jordan Peele's "Get Out" Surpasses the $100 Million Mark

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” Surpasses the $100 Million Mark

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As the saying goes, "Ask and you shall receive."  "Get Out" filmmaker Jordan Peele sent out the follow twitter repost this past Friday. 

 

As Jordan reposted Indie Wire's tweet he just simply added the praying hands emoji.  Well, Peele's prayers were answered as "Get Out” has the crossed the $100M mark, making Jordan Peele the first Black writer-director to do so with his feature debut.  With an initial budget of $4.5 million, Peele is winning!  If you have seen the movie, you know what I mean when I say, Jordan has done something that may release many Black filmmakers from a sunken place. 

Three Things Chance the Rapper Did This Week That Sets Him Apart from Many

Three Things Chance the Rapper Did This Week That Sets Him Apart from Many

rfocus.orgChance the Rapper isn't your ordinary 23 year old rapper. There are several talented rappers that rap and sing. There are others that have infused gospel into their music. There are others that give back to for their communities in a significant way. There are others that have some of America's biggest journalists following them around and there are some that meet with politicians from time to time.

Without the support of a label but apparently a strong team, Chance did all these things in one week. Well he is always performing and his music stays in heavy rotation on the radio but this week Chance bought out the Chatham Theaters on Chicago's south side this past Sunday for anyone to go see Jordan Peele's directorial debut "Get Out." He loved the film so much he wanted his fellow Chicagoans to go see it too. 

If that wasn't enough he had Katie Couric sitting in Harold's Chicken Shack on 87th street talking about his meteoric rise, regrets, education, and performing at the Grammys. This is the best Harold's in Chicago I might add, well at least in my humble opinion. 

Lastly, this upcoming Wednesday Chance is meeting with Illinois Governor, Bruce Rauner to discuss funding education in Chicago.

Who knows what Chance the Rapper has planned for the rest of the week but so far this 23 year old Chicago native is not playing any games.  The industry has already taken notice as Chance is laying a sound blueprint for modern day artists to emulate and build upon. 

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