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ABFF Honors 2018 honorees to include Ava DuVernay and Billy Dee Williams

The honorees and nominees for the 2018 ABFF Honors have been announced. The event will take place on Sunday, February 25, with actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer as host.

The awards show celebrates individuals of African descent who have made distinguished contributions to American culture through their work and salutes the year’s best movies and television shows.

This year, The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors will present legendary actor, singer and writer Billy Dee Williams with the “Hollywood Legacy Award;” actor Omari Hardwick with the “Distinguished ABFF Alumni Award;” actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish with the “Rising Star Award” and director Ava DuVernay with the “Industry Visionary Award.”

Previous honorees include actors Denzel Washington, Regina King, Don Cheadle, Diahann Carroll, Queen Latifah, Issa Rae, Terrence Howard and filmmakers and producers Ryan Coogler, F. Gary Gray and Will Packer.

Nominees for “Movie of the Year”:
 DETROIT (Annapurna)
 GET OUT (Universal Pictures)
 GIRLS TRIP (Universal Pictures)
 MARSHALL (Open Road Films)
 MUDBOUND (Netflix)

Nominees for “Television Show of the Year” (Drama) are:
 HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER (ABC)
 POWER (STARZ)
 THE QUAD (BET)
 QUEEN SUGAR (OWN)
 SNOWFALL (FX)

Nominees for “Television Show of the Year” (Comedy) are:
 BLACK-ish (ABC)
 CLAWS (TNT)
 DEAR WHITE PEOPLE (Netflix)
 INSECURE (HBO)
 SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT (Netflix)



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