Blacktrospective 2012 - Annual Assessment of the Best in Black Cinema

Each year we publish our annual list of the best in Black cinema.  This list is unique in that it assesses each film not just how good it is as a film, but how good it is for the Black community in general.  This list is compiled by prominent film critic and AALBC.com contributor, Kam Williams Click here to read more about how films are ranked.

Best Big Budget Black Films

  1. Think like a Man movie posterThink Like a Man
  2. Sparkle
  3. Good Deeds
  4. Flight
  5. Won’t Back Down
  6. Men in Black III
  7. Safe House
  8. Madea’s Witness Protection
  9. Red Tails
  10. Red Hook Summer

 

Best Independent Films

  1. BBeasts of the Southern Wild easts 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 FiveThe 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 EalyMichael 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 HenryDwight 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. Quvenzhan  “Nazie” Wallis 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 EjogoCarmen 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. Ava DuVernayPeter 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)

 

Janke MortonBest 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)

 

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Last Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017



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