African American Film Critics Name ‘Black Panther’ the Year’s Best Film

“BlacKkKlansman,” “The Hate U Give” and “If Beale Street Could Talk” win two awards each

Last Updated: December 11, 2018 @ 6:23 PM

The African American Film Critics Association has named Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” the best film of 2018, giving it three awards in the 15-year-old organization’s annual salute to the year’s top films.

In addition to winning in the Best Film category, the blockbuster “Black Panther” also took prizes for director Coogler and for its Kendrick Lamar song “All the Stars.”

Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman,” George Tillman Jr.’s “The Hate U Give” and Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” won two awards each. “BlacKkKlansman” was honored for its screenplay and for lead actor John David Washington; “The Hate U Give” won for supporting actor Russell Hornsby and breakout performer Amandla Stenberg; and “Beale Street” won for supporting actress Regina King and as the year’s best independent film.

Regina Hall was named best actress for “Support the Girls.”

Animation, foreign-language and documentary awards went to “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Roma” and “Quincy,” respectively.

“Queen Sugar” and “Insecure” won in the AAFCA’s two television categories, Best TV Drama and Best TV Comedy.

The full list of winners:

Best Film: “Black Panther”
Best Director: Ryan Coogler, “Black Panther”
Best Screenplay: Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Best Actor: John David Washington, “BlacKkKlansman”
Best Actress: Regina Hall, “Support the Girls”
Best Supporting Actor: Russell Hornsby, “The Hate U Give”
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Best Breakout Performance: Amandla Stenberg, “The Hate U Give”
Best Animated Film: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Best Independent Film: “If Beale Street Could Talk”
Best Foreign Film: “Roma”
Best Documentary: “Quincy”
Best Song: “All The Stars” from “Black Panther”
Best New Media: “Red Table Talk”
Best TV Drama: “Queen Sugar”
Best TV Comedy: “Insecure”

AAFCA’s Top Ten List:
1. “Black Panther”
2. “If Beale Street Could Talk”
3. “The Hate U Give”
4. “A Star is Born”
5. “Quincy”
6. “Roma”
7. “Blindspotting”
8. “The Favourite”
9. “Sorry to Bother You”
10. “Widows”