“Straight Outta Compton,” the biopic about the rise of gangster rap group N.W.A., was named the top film of the year by the African-American Film Critics Association.
The drama was also recognized with honors for Jason Mitchell in the Best Supporting Actor category (as Eazy-E) and Best Ensemble for cast members O’Shea Jackson Jr (as Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Neil Brown Jr (DJ Yella) and Aldis Hodge (MC Ren).
“Straight Outta Compton” follows the true journey of rappers Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, both producers of the film, Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Eazy-E and MC Ren, as they formed the platinum-selling hip hop group N.W.A. Police brutality, gang violence and the objectification of women were subjects of the music that reflected their experience in South Central Los Angeles.
The F. Gary Gray-directed film has already made history as the highest grossing film from a black director. “Compton” is projected to take in more than $200 million worldwide, according to Billboard. Released in August, the drama bested Keenan Ivory Wayans’ “Scary Movie,” which earned $157 million in 2000.
The AAFCA also recognized “Creed” with awards for Ryan Cooler, Best Director, Tessa Thompson, Best Supporting Actress, and Michael B. Jordan for Breakout Performance. The “Rocky” film franchise spinoff included Sylvester Stallone reprising his role as Rocky Balboa, who coaches Jordan’s Adonis Johnson Creed on his path into the boxing ring. The drama was ranked second, behind “Straight Outta Compton,” as one of the top 10 films of the year.
Below, the complete list of 2015 AAFCA Awards winners.
Best Picture: “Straight Outta Compton”
Best Director: Ryan Cooler, “Creed”
Best Ensemble: “Straight Outta Compton”
Best Actor: Will Smith, “Concussion”
Best Actress: Teyonah Parris, “Chi-Raq”
Best Supporting Actor: Jason Mitchell, “Straight Outta Compton”
Best Supporting Actress: Tessa Thompson, “Creed”
Best Independent Film: “Chi-Raq”
Best Screenplay: Rick Famuyiwa, “Dope”
Breakout Performance: Michael B. Jordan “Creed”
Best Animation: “The Peanuts Movie”
Best Documentary: “A Ballerina’s Tale”
Best Song: “See You Again,” Furious 7
Best TV Comedy: “Black-ish” (ABC)
Best TV Drama: “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)
Best Cable/New Media TV Show: “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)
AAFCA’s Top 10 Films of 2015 are as follows in order of distinction:
1. “Straight Outta Compton”
3. “Mad Max: Fury Road”
4. “Beasts of No Nation”
5. “The Martian”
6. “3-1/2 Minutes”/”Dope”
9. “The Big Short”
10. “The Danish Girl”