12 Years a Slave is on the top of nearly every critic's list as the best film of the year. This week, The Black Film Critics Circle also named Steve McQueen's intense drama as its pick, along with Chiwetel Ejiofor as Best Actor, McQueen as Best Director and Lupita Nyong'o as Best Supporting Actress.
The announcement was made today by Mike Sargent, co-president of the BFCC. “This is a historic year for Black film,” says Sargent. “There has not been this breadth, scope quantity or quality of films covering the Black experience in theatrical release in over 20 years. It is one of the most exciting times in history for Black film from the diaspora. Congratulations to all of the winners.”
Riding on the momentum set by Fruitvale Station, The Best Man Holiday and The Butler, to name just a few of the year's prominent Black films, Universal has taken over the long-awaited biopic of N.W.A. from New Line Cinema, and attached director F. Gary Gray to the project. The film, which will be produced by former N.W.A. member Ice Cube, will hopefully go into production next year. No casting announcements have been made as yet.
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