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, CA.
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 Quvenzhané 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) & 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.