A packed house of A-list celebrities, studio executives and industry tastemakers came out to celebrate the AAFCA Awards. Produced by the African American Film Critics Association, the invitation only, red carpet took place at PIPS Restaurant (renamed the AAFCA Playhouse) in Los Angeles. Hosted by noted entertainment journalist Kevin Frazier, (of CBS's <em>The Insider</em>) the event featured awards handed out in categories that included: Best Actor, Actress, Director and Best Film, among others. AAFCA Special Achievement Awards were also presented to iconic actors Richard Roundtree, Hattie Winston, legendary producer George Lucas and entertainment giant Sony Pictures Entertainment.—<em>Gil Robertson</em>
Pictured here: Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis and the legendary Richard Roundtree
Sony Pictures VP Paul Martin (right) & VP Devon Franklin, who made an impassioned appeal for greater community in Hollywood.
Ava DuVernay, the first Black woman to win a "Best Director" award at the Sundance Film Festival, and veteran producer Charles Johnson
Tiffany Smith, Ren Oanoai & Samantha Wheeler
Sheryl Lee Ralph
Music industry veteran Logan H. Westbrooks, music composer Harold Wheeler, AAFCA honoree, actress Hattie Winston; Kenneth Reynolds and actor Rocky Carroll