AAFCA selects 'Zero Dark Thirty' as top film of 2012

The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has named “Zero Dark Thirty” as the Best Picture of 2012. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the Columbia Pictures release captured a majority vote by the organization, which is comprised of leading African-American media professionals from across the nation. The organization will formally present this year’s honors during a private ceremony on Friday, February 8, 2012 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

AAFCA awarded Ben Affleck its Best Director 2012 Award for “Argo.” Denzel Washington was named Best Actor 2012 for “Flight,” alongside Emayatzy Corinealdi who earned Best Actress 2012 for “Middle of Nowhere.” Sally Field received Best Supporting Actress 2012 for her role in “Lincoln” and Nate Parker earned Best Supporting Actor 2012 for his performance in “Arbitrage.” Ava DuVernay’s “Middle of Nowhere” was voted Best Screenplay, with the film also honored as Best Independent Film. France’s entry “The Intouchables” was named Best Foreign Film with newcomer Quvenzhan√© Wallis awarded Best Breakout Performance for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

Rounding out this year’s selections are Peter Ramsey’s, “Rise of the Guardians” for Best Animated Feature and a tie for Best Documentary with Eugene Jarecki’s “The House I Live In” (Charlotte Street Films) and Deborah Riley Draper’s “Versailles ’73” (Coffee Bluff Pictures). Composer Kathryn Bostic & Music Supervisor Morgan Rhodes of “Middle of Nowhere” were honored for Best Music.

AAFCA’s Special Achievement Awards for career achievement are being awarded to Billy Dee Williams, Cicely Tyson, Clint Culpepper and Rainforest Films.

“The selections made this year reflect the refreshing abundance of both studio and independent work that provided a stellar array of roles for both veteran actors and new faces in front of and behind the camera,” says Gil Robertson IV, AAFCA, President and Founder.

The organization’s Top Ten list of films includes “Argo,” “Lincoln,” “Life of Pi” and “Django Unchained.” “The film industry has done a great job of investing in real stories that reflect the resiliency of the human spirit and we are thrilled to commend our favorites this year,” says AAFCA’s East Coast V.P. Daryle Lockhart, owner of Black Box Office.com.

The African-American Film Critics Association’s Top Ten Films of 2012 are as follows in order of distinction:

1.“Zero Dark Thirty”

2.“Argo”

3.“Lincoln”

4.“Middle of Nowhere”

5.“Life of Pi”

6.“Les Miserables”

7. “Django Unchained”

8.“Beast of the Southern Wild”

9.“Moonrise Kingdom”

10.“Think Like a Man”

- Best Actor - Denzel Washington, “Flight” (Paramount)

- Best Actress - mayatzy Corinealdi, “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)

- Best Supporting Actress - Sally Field, “Lincoln” (Touchstone)

- Best Supporting Actor - Nate Parker, “Arbitrage” (Roadside Attractions)

- Best Foreign Film - Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, “The Intouchables” (Weinstein Company)

- Breakout Performance - Quvenzhan√© Wallis for “Beast of the Southern Wild”(Fox Searchlight)

- Best Director - Ben Affleck, “Argo” (Warner)

- Best Screenplay - Ava DuVernay, “Middle of Nowhere”(AFFRM)

- Best Music - Kathryn Bostic & Morgan Rhodes, “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)

- Best Independent Film - “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)

- Best Animation - “Rise of the Guardians,” (Paramount)

- Best Documentary - “The House I Live In” (Charlotte Street Films) and “Versailles ’73” (Coffee Bluff Pictures)

About AAFCA

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is the premiere organization of African American film media professionals. Founded in 2003, AAFCA’s members represent a geographically diverse cross-section of media covering the cinematic arts. The organization honors excellence in cinema by creating awareness for films with universal appeal to black communities, while emphasizing film about the black experience and those produced written, directed and starring performers of African descent. The association actively reviews the quality and standard of black talent, content and media coverage. AAFCA also supports the development of future black film critics and filmmakers. AAFCA is based in Los Angeles.