AAFCA Special Achievement Ceremony Honorees Announced

Bravo to the artists and executives who will be honored by the African American Film Critics Association. This year’s honorees of the Special Achievement Luncheon are producing some of today’s most exciting and inventive entertainment.

Renaissance man Jordan Peele made the list after his highly acclaimed horror Get Out smashed records earlier this year. Peele has proven he can do it all after starring in beloved comedy series Key and Peele then taking the reins to write and direct Get Out. As one of the most talked about men in Hollywood at the moment, the recognition is well deserved.

Former USA Today film critic Claudia Puig is also being honored. The celebrated journalist is now president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Her long history in the business has helped shape the way we see and appreciate great movies.

Co-CEOS of Alcon Entertainment, Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, will be recognized at the luncheon. The production company has been putting out hit films and thought provoking stories for twenty years. Alcon’s latest project is none other than Blade Runner 2049.

Joining the roster is ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey. Since joining Touchstone Television, now ABC Studios, in 2004, Dungey has had a hand in network TV phenomenons Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Quantico, and many more.

This year’s AAFCA awards will reflect on 2017 as “year of the woman in cinema.” With voices like Ava Duvernay, Lena Waithe, Shonda Rhimes, and De Rees producing top quality entertainment, it’s difficult to disagree.

“Women wrote, produced, and directed some of the year’s most compelling, provocative, and culturally relevant movies,” AAFCA co-founder Shawn Edwards said. “However, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that women have a permanent place at the table with equal representation.”

The awards ceremony will be held February 7 in California.

Featured image: Writer/director/producer JORDAN PEELE on the set of Universal Pictures’ Get Out. Photo Credit: Justin Lubin. Courtesy Universal Pictures


Kelle Long

Kelle has written about film and TV for The Credits since 2016. Follow her on Twitter @molaitdc for interviews with really cool film and TV artists and only occasional outbursts about Broadway, tennis, and country music. Please no talking or texting during the movie. Unless it is a musical, then sing along loudly.