Zendaya & John David Washington Are Winners At The Third Annual Celebration of Black Cinema

Third Annual Celebration of Black Cinema
Zendaya

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Last night, the Critics Choice Association presented, virtually, the third annual Celebration of Black Cinema hosted by author and media personality Bevy Smith. This year’s group of honorees was comprised of films, actors, producers, and directors who were honored for their work this season, and their ongoing commitment to telling Black stories on film.

Third Annual Celebration of Black Cinema
John David Washington

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They included: Delroy Lindo (Career Achievement Award), John Legend & Mike Jackson (Producers Award), the late Chadwick Boseman (Performance of the Year Award), Zendaya & John David Washington (NextGen Award), Shaka King (Director Award), Tessa Thompson (Actor Award), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Breakthrough Award), Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, and Leslie Odom, Jr. (Ensemble Award), Andra Day (Special Honoree Award), and Tommie Smith (Social Justice Award).

Third Annual Celebration of Black Cinema
Taraji P. Henson

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The Critics Choice Association is thrilled to announce that in partnership with Nexstar Media Group, KTLA will air the 90-minute Celebration of Black Cinema special in Los Angeles on Saturday night, February 6th, and over 40 cities across the country – affiliates including WGN, WPHL, KDAF, and KRON – will air a 60-minute special throughout the month of February.

Third Annual Celebration of Black Cinema
Delroy Lindo

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The Celebration of Black Cinema honorees were fêted by a prestigious group of presenters including Nnamdi Asomugha, Lee Daniels, Michael Ealy, Dominique Fishback, Taraji P. Henson, Daniel Kaluuya, Jonathan Majors, Kemp Powers, Aaron Sorkin, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Williams and George C. Wolfe.

Third Annual Celebration of Black Cinema
John Legend

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The event opened with a series of powerful photographs captured by Black filmmaker Tommy Oliver (40 Years A Prisoner, Black Love) around Los Angeles in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Oliver utilized his platform as a multi-hyphenate visual artist to channel the energy of the protests, seeking to inspire, incite, and challenge those who would see the final images.

Third Annual Celebration of Black Cinema
Andra Day

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Video production was powered by Stagedge, one of the nation’s leading production companies, who proudly partnered with the Critics Choice Association to transform the Celebration of Black Cinema into an immersive virtual experience. The virtual studio for the Celebration of Black Cinema was built by LiveCGI with help from EPIC Games Unreal Engine. LiveCGI created a personalized space to transport viewers and showcase each of this year’s honorees in a unique and memorable way.

Third Annual Celebration of Black Cinema
Tessa Thompson

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A special donation in Chadwick Boseman’s name will be designated to provide scholarships to students participating in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Gold Program. The Academy Gold Program is an industry talent development, diversity and inclusion initiative to provide individuals, with a focus on underrepresented communities, access and resources to achieve their career pathways in filmmaking.

Third Annual Celebration of Black Cinema
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

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