The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has selected Mariah Carey, George C. Wolfe, Stacey Abrams’s “All In” and Netflix as its special achievement award honorees for the 12th annual AAFCA Awards.
Carey will receive the Innovator Award, while Wolfe earns the Salute to Excellence. Netflix is the Cinema Vanguard recipient, while the Stanley Kramer Award for Social Justice goes to “All In: The Fight for Democracy” with Stacey Abrams and filmmakers Lisa Cortés and Liz Garbus.
Describing this year’s batch of special honorees as “resilient, dedicated, purposeful in their crafts, in their intentions and their meaning” AAFCA CEO and President Gil Robertson tells Variety, “When you think about all four of these projects and individuals, they’re being very intentional in wanting to utilize their talents for good, for information and with the intention to uplift and empower.”
The AAFCA special achievement honors are presented to salute excellence over a body of work, in addition to recognizing noteworthy contributions in any given year, putting the honor akin to the Academy’s Governors Award.
Carey’s Innovator Awards recognition is one such example. Though the multitalented superstar had a big year with the release of her memoir “The Meaning of Mariah Carey” and her “Magical Christmas Special” on Apple TV Plus, Robertson says it was the songstress’ mix of positivity and longevity that led to the the special recognition.