The Black Film Critics Circle named Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed mass incarceration documentary 13th Best Documentary.

13th traces the history from the US constitution’s 13th amendment, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, to 2016, where one-in-three black American males can expect to be imprisoned during his lifetime.  It explores racial imbalances in the criminal justice system, and features appearances from author Michelle Alexander, activist Angela Davis, and Senator Cory Booker, among others.  At it’s core, this powerful film charts the path that shows the audience how history has been repeating itself from the Jim Crow era to the present.

In addition to 13th, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight was named Best Film of 2016, Viola Davis picked up the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Broadway revival Fences, and Ruth Negga received accolades for Best Actress for her role in the Civil Rights drama Loving.

“This has been a year of progress for cinema of color, though politically it may seem we may be moving backwards,” BFCC Co-president Mike Sargent said. “The recent announcement from BAFTA and the changes behind the scenes in Hollywood and the global film industry have been represented in this year’s slate of films. Their successes at the box office and acknowledgement by fellow awards organizations denote the significance of the global black experience as captured on film.”

The complete list of winners are listed below:

Best Film
Moonlight

Best Director
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Actor
Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actress
Ruth Negga, Loving

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, Fences

Best Original Screenplay
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Adapted Screenplay
August Wilson, Fences

Best Cinematography
James Laxton, Moonlight

Best Foreign Film
Elle, from France

Best Documentary
13th

Best Animated Film
Zootopia

Best Ensemble
Fences

 

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