African-American Film Critics Awards: ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Creed’ win three each; split Picture/Director

Two Oscar contenders, “Straight Outta Compton” and “Creed” each won three awards from the African-American Film Critics Association on Monday. The summer sensation “Straight Outta Compton,” which chronicles the rise of the rap group N.W.A., won Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Jason Mitchell) and Ensemble. And “Creed,” the reboot of the “Rocky” franchise which is wowing at the box office, won Best Director (Ryan Coogler), Supporting Actress (Tessa Thompson) and Breakout Performance (Michael B. Jordan). 

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Will Smith won Best Actor for his riveting portayal of real-life trailblazer Bennet Omalu, the doctor who discovers the brain diseasechronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) that affects NFL players, in “Concussion.”  

Teyonah Parris was named Best Actress for her work in Spike Lee‘s new movie “Chi-raq.” This modern take on Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata,” also won Best Independent Film. 

Rick Famuyiwa won Best Screenplay for “Dope.” 

“See You Again” from “Furious 7” won Best Song. 

The Peanuts Movie” was named Best Animated Film and Best Documentary went to “A Ballerina’s Tale.” 

On the TV side, ABC had two winners with “Black-ish” as Best Comedy Series and “How to Get Away with Murder” for Best Drama Series. And Starz claimed Best Cable/New Media TV Show with “Survivor’s Remorse.” 

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Photos: “Straight Outta Compton” (Universal); “Creed” (Warner Bros.)

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