Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) bestowed their nominations on Monday, when it announced the contenders for the 2014 edition.

The highlight was one of the most anticipated movies of the season – Selma. The film depicts the journey of civil right leader Martin Luther King Jr. as he navigates through the terrains of racial injustice. Considering the current racial climate, Selma, which opens on Dec. 25th, will surely entice an impressive crowd.

Selma topped the list of the ten best films in 2014; it also garnered Ava DuVernay the best director nomination. Actor David Oyelowo who portrays Dr. King got a best actor nod and John Legend’s collaboration with Common for the song Glory also got recognition for best song.

"Selma" Director Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo

“Selma” Director Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo

We had a lot to pick from this year from Belle, Dear White People, Top Five, Timbuktu and Selma and hope the industry will continue to provide a platform for diversity on the big screen.”  — AAFCA President Gil Robertson

Other notables included actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw who was got a best actress nomination for her affecting performance in Belle, Tessa Thompson who was recognized in the breakout performance category for her role in Dear White People, and Gina Prince-Blythewood, whose screenplay for Beyond the Lights was duly recognized.

Overall the AAFCA was impressed with the effort that were showcased this year, and president Gil Robertson shared the sentiment of the organization in a statement, “Our members found the output of cinema released this year to be a truly insightful mix of titles that reflect the world we live in. The members of AAFCA were pleased with this range of storytelling supported by the studios that gave voice to the many sides of the experience of Black people in America and around the world”.

A complete list of 2014 AAFCA Awards winners follows:

Actor  David Oyelowo, Selma (Paramount)

Actress  Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle (Fox Searchlight)

Supporting Actress Octavia Spencer, Black ot White (Relativity)

Supporting Actor  Tyler Perry, Gone Girl (Fox) J.K. Simmons, Whiplash (SPC)

World Cinema  Timbuktu (Les Films du Worso)

Breakout Performance Tessa Thompson, Dear White People (Roadside Attractions)

Director  Ava Duvernay, Selma (Paramount)

Screenplay Gina Prince-Bythewood, Beyond the Lights (Relativity)

Music John Legend/Common, “Glory” (Selma soundtrack)

Ensemble  Get On Up (Universal)

Independent Film  Dear White People (Roadside Attractions)

Animation  The Boxtrolls (Focus)

Documentary  Life Itself (Magnolia)

AAFCA Top Ten Films of 2014 in order of distinction:

1. Selma

2. The Imitation Game 

3. Theory of Everything 

4. Birdman

5. Belle

6. Top Five   

7.  Unbroken 

8. Dear White People 

9. Get On Up 

10. Black or White 

Check out more movie stills and photos from Selma on the next page.

(Image Credits: Paramount Pictures, Twitter)

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