AAFCA Awards Celebrate Quincy Jones At Taglyan

The 10th annual AAFCA awards celebrated famed music producer Quincy Jones, director Ryan Coogler, and more this past week at Taglyan.

The stars came out in droves as the African American Film Critics Association honored the best films, actors, and actresses of the year.


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The uber-talented Tichina Arnold hosted the event, which awards the best in African-American filmmaking each year. The highlight of the evening was musical legend Quincy Jones being honored with the inaugural Stanley Kramer Award. His daughter Rashida Jones, an accomplished actress herself, won the award for Best Documentary for her powerful film Quincy, which is based on her father’s life.


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John David Washington, son of Denzel Washington, won the award for Best Actor for his role in the film BlacKkKlansman, while actress Regina Hall won Best Actress for her role in Support The Girls.

Producer Jason Blum, who produced BlacKkKlansman and Get Out, won the Cinema Vanguard Award—and had an important message for the crowd during his speech:

“I would like to make something clear. We do not hire diverse directors to win awards. We don’t hire women because it’s the right thing to do. We hire diversity because we hire the best. We hire diversity because it’s been great for our business. We’ve had too many years of movies and TV shows populated by people who look like me. It’s time that artists in front of and behind the camera to look like the world looks,” he said.

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The star-studded event featured world-class catering for the celebrities and critics to enjoy in our spacious grand ballroom.

Outside in our fabulous gardens, the media and stars gathered in front of custom designed step-and-repeat backdrops for photo opportunities and interviews.

The AAFCA is an organization that was established in 2003 in order to feature black film critics from around the globe who have their finger on the pulse of black storytelling, black entertainment, and the black experience with a focus on TV and film.