Angela Bassett, Berry Gordy to Be Honored at Critics Choice Celebration of Black Cinema and Television

The Critics Choice Association's Celebration of Black Cinema will honor Angela Bassett and Berry Gordy (Credit: Deposit Photos)

Angela Bassett and Berry Gordy are  set to receive awards at the 5th Annual Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Black Cinema & Television.

The CCA made the announcement Wednesday, saying Motown Records founder Gordy will receive the group’s Icon Award for his contributions to music, film and popular culture.

Bassett will pick up the Career Achievement Award for her body of work, including her role as Queen Ramonda in Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

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Additional honorees include actor and Creed III director Michael B. Jordan, who will receive the Melvin Van Peebles Trailblazer Award. Grammy-winning musician, artist and actor Scott ‘Kid Cudi’ Mescudi will pick up the Groundbreaker Award for his starring role as Jabari in the Netflix television event, Entergalactic, which he also created.

“It has truly been a year to celebrate,” said CCA Board Member Shawn Edwards, who executive produces the event. “The unprecedented amount of content about the Black experience on film and television made it very difficult to choose our honorees for this milestone year. And our special Icon Award honoree, Berry Gordy, pushed open a heavy door during the 70s and 80s through his Motown Productions with a string of movies and TV series that helped pave the way for future Black storytellers.”

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The following entertainment figures will also be honored:

-Actor Nicco Annan will receive the Actor Award for Television for his role as Uncle Clifford on the Starz series, P-Valley.

-Writer and director Elegance Bratton will accept the Social Justice Award for his inspiring work on the A24 film, The Inspection.

-Emmy award-winning writer, producer, and actress, Quinta Brunson will be presented with the Actress Award for Television for her role as Janine Teagues on ABC’s Abbott Elementary, which she created and also executive produces.

-Actress Danielle Deadwyler will be honored with the Actress Award for Film for her role as Mamie Till-Mobley in the Orion Pictures and United Artists Releasing film, Till.

-Actress and comedian Ayo Edebiri will receive the Rising Star Award presented by IMDbPro for her role as Sydney Adamu on the FX series, The Bear.

-Actor Brian Tyree Henry will be awarded the Supporting Actor Award for his performance as James Aucoin in Apple Original Films and A24’s, Causeway.

-Actor Quincy Isaiah will accept the Rising Star Award presented by IMDbPro for his role as Magic Johnson on the HBO Original series, Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.

-Actor Jonathan Majors will be presented with the Actor Award for Film for his role as Jesse Brown in Columbia Pictures and Black Label Media aerial war epic, Devotion.

-The Director Award for Film will be awarded to filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood for her work on TriStar Pictures and Entertainment One’s critically-acclaimed, The Woman King.

-Writer/Director Nikyatu Jusu will accept the Breakthrough Film Award for the Amazon Studios and Blumhouse film, Nanny.

-The Ensemble Award will be presented to the cast of ABC’s sitcom, The Wonder Years, Elisha “EJ” Williams, Dulé Hill, Saycon Sengbloh, Laura Kariuki, Julian Lerner, Amari O’Neil, and Milan Ray.

“The Celebration of Black Cinema & Television has grown tremendously over the last five years,” said CCA CEO Joey Berlin. “We’re thrilled to be able to recognize such outstanding projects across both film and television.”

The Critics Choice Association’s Celebration of Black Cinema & Television will take place on Monday, Dec. 5, in Los Angeles.

The show is produced by Madelyn Hammond and Javier Infante of Madelyn Hammond & Associates.

The awards will be televised on local Los Angeles station KTLA in January and shown nationwide on Nexstar stations throughout the month of February in honor of Black History Month.