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"Get Out" Named Best Film of 2017 by AAFCA

Jordan Peele's “Get Out” was named the Best Film of 2017 by the African American Film Critics Association ("AAFCA"). The satirical thriller-turned-phenomenon will take home five prizes including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya) and Best Breakout Star (Lakeith Stanfield, honored for both “Get Out” and Best Independent Film winner “Crown Heights”). Dee Rees' Netflix-distributed epic, “Mudbound,” won the Best New Media prize, while Kathryn Bigelow's “Detroit” earned the Best Ensemble Award.

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In addition to the AAFCA awards ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, February 7th, at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, a Special Achievement luncheon will be held Saturday, February 3rd, in Marina del Rey, California. Honorees at the luncheon include Los Angeles Film Festival president Claudia Puig, this year's recipient of the Roger Ebert Award. Puig is a film critic for NPR's Film Week and The Wrap, and is also program director for the Mendocino Film Festival. For 18 years, she served as USA Today's chief film critic, and hosted the newspaper's video series, "The Screening Room."

"Claudia embodies the hard-working integrity that personified Roger's work as a film critic," said AAFCA president Gil Robertson. "She uses her talents wisely and responsibly mirroring the legacy he left." 

Joining Puig at the luncheon will be fellow honorees Jordan Peele; Channing Dungey, the first African-American President of ABC Entertainment Group; and Alcon Entertainment’s co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.

Here is the full list of winners...

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 film: “Crown Heights”

Best animated film: Coco

Best documentary: “Step

Best foreign film: The Wound

Best screenplay“Get Out”

Best song: “It Ain’t Fair” from “Detroit,” The Roots ft. Bilal 

Best new media: “Mudbound” 

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Best TV series (comedy): “black-ish”

Best TV series (drama): “Queen Sugar”

Breakout star: Lakeith Stanfield, “Crown Heights,” “Get Out”     

AAFCA top 10 films of 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 shows of 2017

  1. “Queen Sugar”
  2. “Underground”
  3. “Insecure”
  4. “Master of None”
  5. “black-ish”
  6. “The Handmaid’s Tale”
  7. “Dear White People”
  8. “She’s Gotta Have It”
  9. “The Defiant Ones”
  10. TIE: “Guerilla” and “Snowfall”

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