‘Straight Outta Compton’ Named Best Picture by African-American Film Critics

“The Danish Girl” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” are also honored

“Straight Outta Compton,” the film that chronicled the rise of rap group N.W.A, has earned multiple awards from the African-American Film Critics Association, including Best Picture, Best Ensemble and Best Supporting Actor for Jason Mitchell.

“Creed” director Ryan Coogler received the award for Best Director, the group of critics announced Monday, while Michael B. Jordan received the award for Breakout Performance and Tessa Thompson won for Best Supporting Actress.

Acting honors went to Will Smith for “Concussion” and Teyonah Parris for “Chi-Raq.”

“Our members found an interesting theme in many of the films released this year, giving a voice to communities who have generally been underserved and marginalized in society,” says AAFCA president Gil Robertson. “With movies like ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Chi-Raq,’ ‘3 1/2 Minutes’ and ‘Dope,’ filmmakers brought to life many storylines that are a reflection of what’s happening in our world today, including the #BlackLivesMatter movement.”

“The Danish Girl” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” also received top honors. As previously announced, AAFCA’s Special Achievement honors will be awarded to Codeblack Entertainment CEO Jeff Clanagan, director John Singleton, and Maverick Carter and LeBron James‘ SpringHill Entertainment. New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis will receive the organization’s Roger Ebert Award, and HBO will receive the Cinema Vanguard Award.

The awards ceremony will be held on Feb. 10 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, California.

See below for the entire winner’s list.

Best Picture: “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)
Best Director: Ryan Coogler – “Creed” (Warner Bros.”
Best Ensemble: “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)
Best Actor: Will Smith “Concussion” (Sony)
Best Actress: Teyonah Parris “Chi-Raq” (Roadside Attractions)
Best Supporting Actor: Jason Mitchell “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)
Best Supporting Actress: Tessa Thompson “Creed” (Warner Bros.)
Best Indepent Film: “Chi-Raq” (Roadside Attractions, Amazon Studios)
Best Screenplay:  Rick Famuyiwa, “Dope” (Open Road Films)
Breakout Performance: Michael B. Jordan “Creed” (Warner Bros.)
Best Animation: “The Peanuts Movie” (20thCentury Fox)
Best Documentary: “A Ballerina’s Tale” (Sundance Selects)
Best Song: “See You Again” Furious 7 (Atlantic Records)
Best TV Comedy: “Black-ish” (ABC)
Best TV Drama: “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
Best Cable/New Media TV Show: “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)

AAFCA Top Ten Films of 2015 are as follows in order of distinction:

  1. “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal Pictures)
  2. “Creed” (Warner Bros.)
  3. “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros.)
  4. “Beasts of No Nation” (Netflix)
  5. “The Martian” (20thCentury Fox)
  6. “3-1/2Minutes/Dope” (HBO/Open Road Films)
  7. “Chi-Raq” (Roadside Attractions)
  8. “Carol”  (Weinstein Co.)
  9. “The Big Short” (Paramount Pictures)
  10. “The Danish Girl” (Focus Features)