The results are in! The Black Film Critics Circle has released their roster of award winners and some of the lucky recipients included the much heralded surprise summer hit The Help which garnered not only Best Picture, but also scored in top categories. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer continued their lucky streak with their Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominations. Tate Taylor was recognized for producing the Best Adapted Screenplay and the Best Ensemble nomination was a well-deserved victory.

Other notables were Dee Rees who secured the Best Director award for her touching and courageous coming of age tale, Pariah, she also won for Best Original Screenplay, and the film was also bestowed the Best Independent Film title, and hopefully The Independent Spirit Awards will follow suit since Pariah is up for the same award. It is somewhat disappointing that the star of this breakthrough film, actress Adepero Oduye didn’t win an acting award for her incredible performance but there is always the Oscars!

The list of winners are an impressive collection of undiluted talent and Mike Sargent, co-president of BFCC summed it up perfectly stating,” This year was a very engaging one in cinema, both commercial and independent fare illustrated the continued ability of Hollywood to entertain, spotlight new talent, show fresh perspectives and move audiences”.

For a complete listing of all the winners, you can visit www.blackfilm.com

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