DuVernay's hit show premiered this year and immediately took off, quickly becoming a fan favorite. The filmmaker also hired women to direct every episode of the show. 'Queen Sugar' wrapped up the year as the number one cable series for African-American women, with its season finale drawing in 2.76 million viewers.
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Moonlight is the most talked about film of the year and has already racked up awards for its screenplay and performances, while Queen Sugar's recent finale was the number one cable telecast for women.

Sydney Scott
Dec, 13, 2016

It's official!

Moonlight and Queen Sugar have earned the top spots on the African American Critics Association's year-end lists.

AAFCA Co-Founder Shawn Edwards said in a press release, "Our members had a plethora of outstanding movies, documentaries and TV shows to choose from this year. It was an exceptional year in terms of the quantity and quality of films about the Black experience.

And while this by no means solves the diversity issue in the film industry it was definitely refreshing to have such a wide-range of exceptional work to choose from to honor and celebrate with our approval."

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Moonlight landed a number of awards, including Critics' Choice awards for Best Acting Ensemble and Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali.

Queen Sugar's season finale was the number one cable telecast for women, while the series is the number one cable show among African-American women. 

AAFCA President and Co-Founder Gil Robertson stated, "2016 provided our membership with many great films to choose from. Every movie and TV show on our Top 10 Lists could have easily been number one.

The number of incredible performances by black actors and actresses added to a very competitive field of performances and represents a step towards inclusion that our membership warmly embraces. We look forward to what 2017 has in store."

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