When They See Us, Angela Bassett, Sterling K. Brown Among 2019 AAFCA Winners

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The African American Film Critics Association just announced the winners of its upcoming AAFCA TV Honors and as you can probably guess, there’s no shortage of black excellence among those set to be honored.

When They See Us, the Ava DuVernay-helmed miniseries that’s poised to ransack every trophy during award season, was named Best Limited Series and also won Best Writing, Best Ensemble, and Breakthrough Performance for Jharrel Jerome’s haunting portrayal of the Exonerated Five’s Korey Wise.

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Other winners include Cedrick the Entertainer’s new CBS Comedy The Neighborhood, popular Starz drama Power, and super-producer Ryan Murphy, who’s given us everlasting life with countless projects, but most notably FX’s Pose.

“It is impossible to ignore TV’s popularity and remarkable influence on America’s pop culture landscape today. As the stature of the small screen continues to expand, it has become increasingly more diverse and inclusive, a movement that we at AAFCA wholeheartedly embrace and champion,” AAFCA president Gil Robertson IV told The Root in a statement. “The honorees for our first AAFCA TV Honors represent the very best of television programming. They all successfully put a mirror up to our world to tell stories that are refreshingly diverse and authentic. We feel that this new wave of innovative, thought-provoking storytelling is inspiring and deserving of celebration.”

Here’s the complete list of AAFCA TV Honors 2019 Winners:

  • Best Drama – “Power” (Starz)
  • Best Comedy – “The Neighborhood” (CBS)
  • Best Limited Series – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
  • Best Performance Female – Angela Bassett “9-1-1" (FOX)
  • Best Performance Male – Sterling K. Brown “This Is Us” (NBC)
  • Best Ensemble – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
  • Best Writing – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
  • Breakthrough Performance – Jharrel Jerome, “When They See Us” (Netflix)
  • AAFCA TV Honors Inclusion Award – CBS
  • AAFCA TV Honors ICON Award – Ryan Murphy

A private brunch will be held on Aug. 11 at the California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey, Calif., to honor each of these remarkably talented and beautifully black individuals.

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