Last week, The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) proclaimed 2016 the best EVER for Blacks in cinema. The organization not only applauded the increased volume of films representing the Black experience released in 2016, but also the range of diverse storylines.

“The studios and major film distributors really gave it to us this year,” says Gil Robertson, AAFCA co-founder/president. “By any measurement, it’s been an exceptional year for Blacks in film. From comedies to high-quality dramas and documentaries, 2016 will forever represent a bonanza year for Black cinema and all cinema really.”

The Golden Globes nominations released this morning even further proved Robertson’s hypothesis about this year for Blacks in cinema, and it is safe to say that lack of inclusion in film/television may not be the most talked about topic this year during awards season.

Moonlight star Naomie Harris received a nod for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie.  Joining Harris in the same category are Fences Viola Davis, and Hidden Figures Octavia Spencer.  These powerhouse actresses are joined by Lion‘s Nicole Kidman, Manchester by the Sea‘s Michelle Williams, and Lion‘s Nicole Kidman.

Davis’s Fences co-star Denzel Washington received a nomination for his role in the adapted film, and Hollywood newcomer Ruth Negga received a nod in the Best Actress, Drama category for her role in Loving.

“The amount of quality feature films, documentaries and TV shows released in 2016 about the black experience easily make it the best year ever. It has truly been an unapologetically black year in the industry as filmmakers brought to life some of the cultures most fascinating stories and subjects with bold storytelling perspective,” says AAFCA co-founder, Shawn Edwards.

The television category was also heavy in diversity; Insecure’s Issa Rae picked up her first Globes nomination in the category for Best Actress in a Comedy Series.  Kerry Washington also received a nomination for her role in HBO’s Confirmation,

Emmy winner Courtney B. Vance picked up a nomination for Best Actor, Mini-Series or TV Movie for his role on The People v. O.J. Simpson, and his co-star Sterling K. Brown was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

For the entire list of the 2017 nominees.  Please view below:

Best Drama Series
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“This Is Us” (NBC)
“Westworld” (HBO)

Best Comedy or Musical Series
“Atlanta” (FX)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)
“Transparent” (Amazon)
“Veep” (HBO)

Best TV Movie or Limited Series
“American Crime” (ABC)
“The Dresser” (Starz)
“The Night Manager” (AMC)
“The Night Of” (HBO)
“The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story” (FX)

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Rami Malek (“Mr. Robot”)
Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”)
Billy Bob Thornton (“Goliath”)

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”)
Claire Foy (“The Crown”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Winona Ryder (“Stranger Things”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
Gael Garcia Bernal (“Mozart in the Jungle”)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Nick Nolte (“Graves”)
Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”)
Sarah Jessica Parker (“Divorce”)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”)
Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)

Best Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Riz Ahmed (“The Night Of”)
Bryan Cranston (“All the Way”)
Tom Hiddleston (“The Night Manager”)
John Turturro (“The Night Of”)
Courtney B. Vance (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”)

Best Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Felicity Huffman (“American Crime”)
Riley Keough (“The Girlfriend Experience”)
Sarah Paulson (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”)
Charlotte Rampling (“London Spy”)
Kerry Washington (“Confirmation”)

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, TV Movie or Limited Series
Sterling K. Brown (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”)
Hugh Laurie (“The Night Manager”)
John Lithgow (“The Crown”)
Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”)
John Travolta (“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”)

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, TV Movie or Limited Series
Olivia Colman (“The Night Manager”)
Lena Heady (“Game of Thrones”)
Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”)
Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)

 

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