Association of African American Film Critics (AAFCA) announced the winners of their special awards – “Attica”Directed by Stanley Nelson and Tracy A. Curry; producer and co-founder of Hidden Empire Film Group Roxana Avent-Taylor; Composer, Oscar nominee and Grammy winner Terence Blanchard; John Gibson, Vice President of External and Multicultural Relations of the Film Association; and Sony Motion Picture Group.
The awards will be presented at the 13th annual AAFCA Awards, which will be held on March 2 at the SLS Hotel in Los Angeles, co-organized by Charlamagne tha God and Alyosha Rene.
The Stanley and Karen Kramer Prize for Social Justice from AAFCA will be awarded to Attica director Stanley Nelson and co-director Tracy A. Curry for their work on the Oscar-nominated documentary. Founded in 2016 in collaboration with the Stanley Kramer Library and the Stanley Kramer Foundation, this award honors filmmakers or artists who honor the credible legacy of the late Kramer, drawing attention to those who use creative art as a tool for social change.
“Most of us have read about what happened at Attica Prison in 1971, but until you see Stanley Nelson and Tracy A. Curry’s Attica, you don’t know about the real tragedy, the inhuman treatment, the violence and the racism. it happened, ”said Karen Sharp-Kramer, who oversees both the foundation and the library. “This is a terrific documentary about social justice. Immaculately researched, he makes a timely and exciting statement about prison reform in our country. “
The documentary, which is now airing on Showtime, is also a nominee for the DGA Awards and was included in this year’s list of the best documentaries of the National Review Board.
Gil Robertson, President and CEO of AAFCA, added: “We are very proud to partner Karen Sharp-Kramer and the Stanley Kramer Library each year to celebrate artists such as Stanley Nelson and Tracy A. Curry who use their rich gifts to tell stories. that matter and illuminate our collective consciousness by the power of seeing the world through a different prism ”.
Past Stanley Kramer Prize winners include Harriet Cassie Lehmans, Quincy Jones, Rob Rainer, Lisa Cortes and Liz Garbus’ documentary All in: The Struggle for Democracy, as well as the late Sidney Poitier.
Additional awards for outstanding achievement include the Cinema Vanguard Award presented by the Sony Motion Picture Group; Avent-Taylor Building Change Award; Gibson’s Salute of Excellence Award; and the Innovator Award to composer Blanchard, a two-time Oscar nominee and six-time Grammy winner.
“We are very honored and proud to recognize these outstanding individuals and groups for their work in the film industry, as well as for their commitment to diversity and inclusion in all areas of entertainment,” Robertson added.
Five special prizes for achievements will be awarded along with 13 previously announced winners representing the best in film this year. The best acting awards will go to the stars of “King Richard” Will Smith, Ounjan Ellis and Sanya Sidney, as well as Jennifer Hudson for the role of Aretha Franklin in “Respect” and Corey Hawkins for “The Tragedy of Macbeth”. These names will be celebrated along with filmmakers and documentarians, as well as with the 10 best films of the year. A full list of winners and a list of the top 10 is available online AAFCA website.