Sunday, December 19, 2010

Blacktrospective 2010

by Kam Williams

Headline: Kam’s Annual Assessment of the Best (and Worst) in Black Cinema

Ten Best Black Feature Films

1. Just Wright
2. Why Did I Get Married Too?
3. Prince of Broadway
4. Brooklyn’s Finest
5. Lottery Ticket
6. For Colored Girls
7. Night Catches Us
8. Blood Done Sign My Name
9. Frankie and Alice
10. Takers

Best Black Documentaries

1. We Need to Talk
2. Biracial, Not Black, Damn It!
3. Neshoba
4. The Other City
5. Waiting for Superman
6. The Lottery
7. A Place Out of Time
8. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
9. Ghettophysics
10. To Live and Die in Amerikkka

Best African Films

1. Africa United
2. White Wedding
3. Soul Boy
4. Bouncing Cats
5. Soundtrack for a Revolution

Best Actor (Lead Role)

1. Nate Parker (Blood Done Sign My Name)
2. Prince Adu (Prince of Broadway)
3. Bow Wow (Lottery Ticket)
4. Don Cheadle (Brooklyn’s Finest)
5. Common (Just Wright)
6. Anthony Mackie (Night Catches Us)
7. Tyrese (Legion)
8. Denzel Washington (Unstoppable)
9. Terry Crews (The Expendables)
10. Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid)

Best Actor (Supporting Role)

1. Diddy (Get Him to the Greek)
2. J.B. Smoove (Date Night)
3. Samuel L. Jackson (The Other Guys)
4. Chiwetel Ejiofor (Salt)
5. Wesley Snipes (Brooklyn’s Finest)
6. T.I. (Takers)
7. The Rock (The Other Guys)
8. Ving Rhames (Piranha 3D)
9. Keb’ Mo’ (Who Do You Love)
10. Morgan Freeman (Red)

Best Actress (Lead Role)

1. Queen Latifah (Just Wright)
2. Sonequa Martin (Toe to Toe)
3. Kerry Washington (Mother and Child, Night Catches Us)
4. Thandie Newton (For Colored Girls)
5. Tasha Smith (Why Did I Get Married Too)
6. Letoya Luckett (Preacher’s Kid)
7. Janet Jackson (Why Did I Get Married Too?)
8. Kimberly Elise (For Colored Girls)
9. Halle Berry (Frankie and Alice)
10. Jill Scott (Why Did I Get Married Too?)

Best Actress (Supporting Role)

1. Paula Patton (Just Wright)
2. Loretta Devine (For Colored Girls)
3. Sharon Leal (Why Did I Get Married Too)
4. Keyali Mayaga (Prince of Broadway)
5. Kerry Washington (For Colored Girls)
6. YaYa DaCosta (The Kids Are All Right)
7. Zoe Kravitz (It’s Kind of a Funny Story)
8. Phylicia Rashad (For Colored Girls)
9. Janet Jackson (For Colored Girls)
10. Tessa Thompson (For Colored Girls)

Best Director (Feature Film)
1. Sanaa Hamri (Just Wright)
2. Tyler Perry (For Colored Girls, Why Did I Get Married Too?)
3. Erik White (Lottery Ticket)
4. Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest)
5. Tanya Hamilton (Night Catches Us)

Best Director (Documentary)

1. Janks Morton (We Need to Talk, Guilty Until Proven Innocent)
2. Carolyn Battle Cochrane (Biracial, Not Black, Damn It!)
3. E. Raymond Brown (Ghettophysics)
4. Arthur “Silky Slim” Reed (To Live and Die in Amerikkka)
5. Nabil Elderkin (Bouncing Cats)

Worst Film

1. Harlem Aria
2. Grown Ups
3. Our Family Wedding
4. Death at a Funeral
5. The Losers

Worst Actor

1. Damon Wayans (Harlem Aria)
2. Chris Rock (Grown Ups, Death at a Funeral)
3. Forest Whitaker (Our Family Wedding, Repo Men)
4. Lance Gross (Our Family Wedding)
5. Martin Lawrence (Death at a Funeral)

Worst Actress

1. Zoe Saldana (Death at a Funeral, Losers)
2. Maya Rudolph (Grown Ups)
3. Anna Maria Horsford (Our Family Wedding)
4. Regina Hall (Death at a Funeral)
5. Eyde Byrde (Harlem Aria)


Anonymous said...

Wow, you have made history. This is the first time that I have ever disagreed with every single one of your choices. There was nothing good about Just Wright at all. To give it tops in any category is ridiculous. I respect your opinion but I can no longer consider your reviews worth reading based on this list.

DryerBuzz said...

Documentaries categories category is on point. Much love for the works of Janks Morton. I'm late but just watched Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child this weekend.

Have to agree on Just Wright, was just not quite right. But it did start a debate in this room as we went over the list. Some loved it and others had a wish list of where the film coulda woulda shoulda.

Great list. Can't wait to watch the documentaries that i haven't seen. Again congrats to Morton and others for making the list. Keep us buzzing :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Bouncing Cats nod! You can catch the US television premiere of Bouncing Cats on Documentary Channel ... Nov. 19th at 8pm ET/PT. For more info: