Tessa Thompson is picking up a special award…
The 37-year-old Afro-Panamanian & Mexican American actress/singer will receive the Actors Award at the Critics Choice Association’s third annual Celebration of Black Cinema event.
Thompson will receive the prize after earning critical acclaim as both star and executive producer of Amazon’s Christmas release film Sylvie’s Love, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. The period piece takes place in late ‘50’s Harlem and centers around two Black people falling in love while individually working to carve their own professional paths amidst many challenges.
Other winners include Delroy Lindo (Career Achievement Award) John Legend and Mike Jackson (Producers of the Year), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Breakthrough Award) and, Andra Day (Special Honoree).
Additionally the cast of Amazon Studios’ One Night in Miami will receive the Ensemble Award.
The virtual ceremony will take place on Tuesday, February 2, and will be hosted by author and media personality Bevy Smith.
The event will also showcase a series of powerful photographs captured by Black filmmaker Tommy Oliver around Los Angeles.