The African-American Film Critics Association has bestowed top honors on Selma for its 2014 list with a win in the Best Actor category for David Oyelowo, Best Director category for Ava DuVernay, Best Music category for Common and John Legend’s song “Glory” and the overall choice for number one movie of the year.
“The members of AAFCA were especially pleased with this range of storytelling supported by the studios that gave voice to the many sides of the experience of black people in America and around the world,” said Gil Robertson, president of the organization in a statement.
Awards will be officially handed out on February 4 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.
Other winners were Gugu Mbatha-Raw for her star turn in Belle, Dear White People for Best Independent Film and for Breakout Performance for star Tessa Thompson and Gina Prince-Bythewood for Best Screenplay for Beyond the Lights.
The top five movies of the year selected by the group in order are: Selma, The Imitation Game, Theory of Everything, Birdman and Belle.
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