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The accolades for “Black Panther” continue to pour in for the film “Black Panther” nearly 10 months after its groundbreaking release. In addition to a nod from the Academy for an Oscar, the nearly all-Black cast has won three awards from the African American Film Critics Association for best film, best director and best song.

The awards will be presented in February at the Taglyan Theater in Los Angeles. “Selecting Disney’s “Black Panther” as the year’s best film was a no-brainer,” said AAFCA co-founder Shawn Edwards. “Beyond its tremendous reviews and historic box office performance, the film changed the culture and became a defining moment for Black America. Finally, after years of painfully negative and blatantly harmful depictions of Blacks on screen there was a movie full of positive images and characters that Blacks could rally around.

For many Blacks, the film’s release was like a national holiday.” Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” won awards for best actor for John David Washington and for screenplay. “The Hate U Give” also won two trophies for supporting actor for Russell Hornsby and breakout performance for Amandla Stenberg. “If Beale Street Could Talk” won supporting actress for Regina King and top independent film. Regina Hall won best actress for “Support the Girls.”