‘12 Years a Slave,’ Variety’s Justin Chang Feted At AAFCA Awards

Originally posted on Variety:

It was a night of laughs and tributes to “12 Years a Slave,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station” and other pics at the fifth annual African-American Film Critics Assn. awards.

Variety chief film critic Justin Chang was also honored by the org with its inaugural Roger Ebert Award.

Top film kudos went to slavery drama “12 Years a Slave,” with “Frozen,” “Fruitvale Station,” docu “American Promise” and “Mother of George” also receiving awards. Acting nods were presented to Sandra Bullock, Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto and Oprah Winfrey.

AAFCA, founded in 2003, recognizes films with universal appeal to the African-American community and also honors the work of filmmakers and actors of African descent.

The event, held at the Taglyan Cultural Complex, marked the formal presentation of the awards after the winners were announced on Dec. 18. In addition to honoring the actors and films selected by the AAFCA, the…

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