Recognizing Diversity At the 2020 AAFCA Awards (Plus Winners List)
The African America Film Critics Association Awards rolled out the red carpet Wednesday night in Hollywood at the Taglyn Culture Complex and it was a diverse star-studded event.
Monique Loveless got to speak to iconic costume designer Ruth Carter, Michael Cherry, Garcelle Beauvais and many more about diversity, black girl magic and what they were most excited about for the night.
“I am excited about presenting Jamie Foxx’s Best Supporting Actor Award.” Beauvais says, “I think he really deserves it, in Just Mercy, he’s so good all the time and I feel he doesn’t always get the recognition he deserves.”
Really giving us advice on how we can continue to be recognized like we should as a community and support one another was Gil Robertson, founder of AAFCA.
“We can support the movies and projects that come out instead of getting on Twitter and talking about why a person shouldn’t see a movie or support a performer.” Roberston goes on to say, “We should come together and support and find out reasons why people should go out and support.”
But the true highlight of the night goes to Hair Love creator Michael Cherry received the Breakout Filmmaker Award for the evening. Cherry has also been nominated for his first Academy Award this year after the #oscarssowhite again controversy.
“It’s insane.” He smiles and answers the question of being nominated, “Obviously it’s a weird year because there’s not a lot of us being honored at that award show but I’m just as happy to be here representing with my folks.” Cherry concludes with, “It’s like a dream it doesn’t even feel real.”
Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy), Jordan Peele (Us), Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name), Debra Martin Chase & Kasi Lemmons (Harriet), Bong Joon Ho (Parasite), Melina Matsoukas & Lena Waithe (Queen & Slim), Matthew Cherry (Hair Love), Kelvin Harrison, Jr. (Waves), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite Is My Name), Warner Bros executive Niija Kuykendall (Just Mercy), Director Kenny Leon and legendary music executive Clarence Avant all received awards for the night. Showing recognition and support for the amazing creative work they put out this year.