‘Moonlight’ named best picture by African American Film Critics Association

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) has announced its 2016 honorees in film and television, hailing “Moonlight” and “Queen Sugar” as the best of their respective fields.

Moonlight, was named the best feature file during the Gotham Independent film awards held in New York last month.

The AAFCA, which according to its website aims to “bring greater recognition to the work of writers, directors and actors of color,” hailed this year’s creative offerings, with co-founder Shawn Edwards noting that there were numerous deserving recipients to choose from.

“The number of incredible performances by black actors and actresses added to a very competitive field of performances and represents a step toward inclusion that our membership warmly embraces,” added AAFCA president and co-founder Gil Robertson in another statement. “We look forward to what 2017 has in store.”

AAFCA will hand out its awards at a ceremony in Los Angeles on February 4.

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