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Blacktrospective 2012 with Kam Williams

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Kam's Annual Assessment of the Best in Black Cinema

Best Big Budget Black Films
1. Think Like a Man

2. Sparkle
3. Good Deeds

4. Flight

5. Won't Back Down

6. Men in Black III

Theatrical release poster. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
7. Safe House

8. Madea's Witness Protection

9. Red Tails

10. Red Hook Summer

Best Independent Films
1. Beasts of the Southern Wild

2. Middle of Nowhere

3. Restless City

4. Changing the Game

5. Yelling to the Sky

6. Unconditional

7. We the Party

8. The Intouchables

9. Christmas in Compton

10. A Beautiful Soul

Best Documentaries
1. The Central Park Five

2. The Loving Story

3. Hoodwinked

4. Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story

5. Soul Food Junkies

6. Marley

7. Brooklyn Castle

8. Dark Girls

9. Bad 25

10. Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap

Best Actor (Lead Role)
1. Michael Ealy (Think Like a Man/Unconditional)

2. Denzel Washington (Safe House/Flight)

3. Will Smith (Men in Black III)

4. Tyler Perry (Good Deeds/Madea's Witness Protection)

5. Alassane Sy (Restless City)

6. Sean Riggs (Changing the Game)

7. Nate Parker (Red Tails)

8. Mandela Van Peebles (We the Party)

9. Kirk Ponton (Velvet Elvis)

10. Omar Sy (The Intouchables)

Best Actor (Supporting Role)
1. Dwight Henry (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

2. Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man)

3. David Oyelowo (Middle of Nowhere)

4. Derek Luke (Sparkle)

5. Ice Cube (21 Jump Street)

6. Mike Epps (Sparkle)

7. Don Cheadle (Flight)

8. Keith David (Christmas in Compton)

9. Chris Tucker (Silver Linings Playbook)

10. Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Red Tails)

Best Actress (Lead Role)
1. Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

2. Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere)

3. Thandie Newton (Good Deeds)

4. Queen Latifah (Joyful Noise)

5. Viola Davis (Won't Back Down)

6. Zoe Kravitz(Yelling to the Sky)

7. Gabrielle Union (Good Deeds)

8. Jordin Sparks (Sparkle)

9. Halle Berry (Cloud Atlas)

10. Zoe Saldana (The Words)

Best Actress (Supporting Role)
1. Carmen Ejogo (Sparkle)

2. Naomie Harris (Skyfall)

3. Whitney Houston (Sparkle)

4. Meagan Good (Think Like a Man)

5. Irma P. Hall (Changing the Game)

6. Keke Palmer (Joyful Noise)

7. Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games)

8. Jasmine Guy (October Baby)

9. Gloria Reuben (Lincoln)

10. Gabrielle Union (Think Like a Man)

Best Director (Feature Film)
1. Tim Story (Think Like a Man)

2. Salim Akil (Sparkle)

3. Tyler Perry (Good Deeds)

4. Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians)

5. Anthony Hemingway (Red Tails)

Best Director (Independent Film)
1. Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere)

2. Andrew Dosunmu (Restless City)

3. Rel Dowdell (Changing the Game)

4. Victoria Mahoney (Yelling to the Sky)

5. Mario Van Peebles (We the Party)

Best Director (Documentary)
1. Janks Morton (Hoodwinked)

2. Spike Lee (Bad 25)

3. Soul Food Junkies (Byron Hunt)

4. D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke (Dark Girls)

5. Ice-T (Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap)

Kam Williams is a syndicated film and book critic who writes for 100+ publications. He is a member of the New York Film Critics Online, the African-American Film Critics Association, and the NAACP Image Awards Nominating Committee. Contact him through NewsBlaze. Read more reviews by Kam Williams.

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