Big names are lining up in celebration of Black Cinema and Television. Joining Halle Berry and Barry Jenkins as fellow honorees are Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Anderson, at the upcoming fourth annual event, presented by the Critics Choice Association.
Halle Berry, is having a sensational year. She makes her directorial debut with Bruised, releasing on Netflix this November. Halle Berry also stars in the film as disgraced MMA fighter Jackie Justice. She is tapped to receive the career achievement award. Halle Berry is the first and, so far, only Black woman to win the best actress Oscar.
“Berry’s iconic performances throughout her career have showcased her brilliance as an actor and blazed the trail for Black performers who have come after her. She has become the personification of excellence as she transcends from being in front of the camera to sitting in the director’s chair,” said Celebration executive producer Shawn Edwards, who serves on the board of the Critics Choice Association, which is presenting the event.
Meanwhile, Barry Jenkins will receive the director award for television for his Amazon series The Underground Railroad, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead. Jennifer Hudson is slated to be honored with the actress award for film for her performance in the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect. And Anthony Anderson will receive the producer award for television for his work as an executive producer on Black-ish, Grown-ish and Mixed-ish.
The 2021 Celebration of Black Cinema and Television is set to take place on Monday, Dec. 6 at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Additional honorees across film and TV will be announced in the coming weeks.