Our favorite “it” girl, Ava DuVernay, was honored with four awards this year by the African-American Film Critics Association.

The writer/producer/director and co-founder of Hello Beautiful won the award for Best Music, Best Screenplay and Best Independent Film for “Middle of Nowhere.” Lead Actress Emayatzy Corinealdi also earned the award for Best Actress.

DuVernay is riding high on the success of her film. This year, she was awarded the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival making her the first woman of color to do so.

The AAFCA named “Zero Dark Thirty” a film about the 10-year-manhunt to find “Osama bin Laden” as this year’s Best Picture.

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The association was founded in 2003 by Gil L. Robertson and Shawn Edwards who wanted to award films and film directors that catered to themes within the Black community.

Honorees will receive their awards Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 in Hollywood.

Below is a list of all the AAFCA’s Top Ten Films of 2012

1.“Zero Dark Thirty”



4.“Middle of Nowhere”

5.“Life of Pi”

6.“Les Miserables”

7. “Django Unchained”

8.“Beast of the Southern Wild”

9.“Moonrise Kingdom”

10.“Think Like a Man”

Best Actor Denzel Washington, “Flight” (Paramount)

Best Actress Emayatzy Corinealdi, “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)

Best Supporting Actress Sally Field, “Lincoln” (Touchstone)

Best Supporting Actor Nate Parker, “Arbitrage” (Roadside Attractions)

Best Foreign Film Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, “The Intouchables” (Weinstein Company)

Breakout Performance Quvenzhané Wallis for “Beast of the Southern Wild”

(Fox Searchlight)

Best Director Ben Affleck, “Argo” (Warner)

Best Screenplay Ava DuVernay, “Middle of Nowhere”(AFFRM)

Best Music Kathryn Bostic & Morgan Rhodes, “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)

Best Independent Film “Middle of Nowhere” (AFFRM)

Best Animation “Rise of the Guardians,” (Paramount)

Best Documentary tie “The House I Live In” (Charlotte Street Films)

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