The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has named “The Tree of Life” as the Best Picture of 2011.  Directed by Terrence Malick, the Fox Searchlight release captured a majority vote by the organization, which is comprised of African-American media professionals from across the nation.  The organization will formally present this year’s honors during a private dinner on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at the Light Space Studio at the historic Helms Bakery.

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Woody Harrelson was selected as Best Actor 2011 for “Rampart.” Viola Davis earned AAFCA recognition as Best Actress 2011, and her co-star Octavia Spencer was selected as Best Supporting Actress 2011. Albert Brooks earned Best Supporting Actor 2011 recognition for his performance in “Drive.”  Steve McQueen was named Best Director for “Shame,” and “I Will Follow” by Ava DuVernay was selected for Best Screenplay. “Pariah” was named Best Independent Film, with “Kinyarwanda” named Best Foreign Film.  Adepero Oduye was honored for Break-Out Performance for “Pariah.”

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“Displays of the fragile nature of humanity are on big display among the film titles that we selected for 2011,” says Gil Robertson IV, AAFCA, President and Founder.  “If you closely examine the films that AAFCA has selected this year, you will find stories about people who are wrestling with their own humanity in all its forms. From the loss of a cherished loved one, to sexual addiction and social corruption, our selections this year individually and collectively make a strong statement on life’s challenges that all of us may face.”

“The Tree of Life” follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.

Here is the trailer for this  award winning movie:

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