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Jamie Foxx, Jordan Peele & More Get Special Honors at AAFCA Awards 2020!

Jamie Foxx and Jordan Peele happily hit the stage to speak at The African American Film Critics Association’s 2020 AAFCA Awards held at the Taglyan Cultural Complex on Wednesday (January 22) in Hollywood.

The guys along with Eddie Murphy (not pictured) were among some of the honorees at the 11th annual ceremony in Los Angeles.

“People say so much about the other awards, but it’s special when it comes from your own people,” Jamie said (via USA Today), who won best supporting actor for his role in Just Mercy.

“It’s just special,” Jamie added after receiving the award from the organization, which actively reviews films with an emphasis on projects that include the black experience. The awards mainly highlight films produced, written, directed and starring people from the African diaspora along with other ethnic projects that break new ground.

Also in attendance at the ceremony were Sterling K. Brown, Issa Rae, Lena Waithe, Bong Joon Ho, Melina Matsoukas, Lil Rel Howery, Garcelle Beauvais and Trevor Jackson.

READ MORE: Jamie Foxx Took Pics Your Fave Celebs at SAG Awards 2020!

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Lena Waithe & Wife Alana Mayo Have Reportedly Split Up

It might be over for Lena Waithe and her wife, Alana Mayo, according to a new report.

E! News is reporting that the couple, who married late last year, have ended their marriage.

“After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways,” a joint statement from their reps was shared on the site.

It continued, “We have nothing but support for one another and ask that you respect our privacy during this time.”

Lena and Alana got engaged in 2017, before they said “I do” in a small courthouse wedding.

READ MORE: Lena Waithe Honored at Variety’s 10 Directors To Watch Lunch in Palm Springs

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Renee Zelleweger Honored At National Board of Review Gala 2020 With Salma Hayek and Lupita Nyong'o

Renee Zellweger keeps it classic in an off the shoulder black dress while arriving for the 2020 National Board Of Review Gala on Wednesday night (January 8) in New York City.

The 50-year-old actress was honored at the event as Best Actress for her performance in Judy, alongside Kathy Bates, who picked up the Best Supporting Actress award for Richard Jewell.

Director Melina Matsoukas was also honored at the event with the Best Directorial Debut award for Queen & Slim, presented by producer Lena Waithe.

Salma Hayek, Lupita Nyong’o, Jamie Lee Curtis, Whoopi Goldberg, and Uma Thurman were also seen at the event.

FYI: Lupita wore a Celine dress with Cartier jewelry. Salma wore a Jonathan Simkhai dress.

50+ pictures inside of Renee Zellweger, Lupita Nyong’o, Salma Hayek and more at the 2020 NBR Gala

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Cynthia Erivo Hangs Out with Pal Lena Waithe at Golden Globes After-Party

Cynthia Erivo is enjoying a busy night out!

The 32-year-old Harriet actress hung out with pal Lena Waithe at the Netflix Golden Globes After-Party on Sunday night (January 5) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Cynthia Erivo

Also in attendance at the Netflix after-party was Pharrell Williams and wife Helen Lasichanh along with Lena‘s Master of None co-writer Aziz Ansari.

During the bust night, Cynthia also made appearances at the Disney and InStyle & Warner Bros. after-parties. Broadway star Jeremy Pope was also at the InStyle Party.

FYI: Cynthia is wearing a Thom Browne outfit.

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Cynthia Erivo Dazzles in $3 Million Worth of Diamonds at Golden Globes 2020!

15+ pictures inside of the stars at the after-parties…More Here! »

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Joaquin Phoenix Runs Into Antonio Banderas at Variety's 10 Directors To Watch Lunch in Palm Springs

Joaquin Phoenix meets up with Antonio Banderas inside the Variety 10 Directors to Watch Brunch during the 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival held at Parker Palm Springs on Friday afternoon (January 3) in Palm Springs, Calif.

The two actors stepped out at the event to honor the ten emerging filmmakers. Joaquin also presented an Variety Creative Impact in Directing Award to Joker‘s Todd Phillips.

Martin Scorsese also presented Robert De Niro with the Creative Impact in Acting Award, and Cynthia Erivo presented Lena Waithe with the Creative Impact in Producing Award.

The awards celebrate the filmmakers and actors for their outstanding contributions to the art and business of cinema.

The 10 Directors to Watch are Blast Beat‘s Esteban Arango, La Belle Epoque‘s Nicholas Bedos, The 40-Year-Old Version‘s Radha Blank, Janicza Bravo, Mati Diop, Judy‘s Rupert Goold, Les Miserables‘s Ladj Ly, BabyTeeth‘s Shannon Murphy, Naked Singularity‘s Chase Palmer and Holler‘s Nicole Riegel.

FYI: Cynthia wore BAKTI earrings.

See 40+ pictures inside of Joaquin Phoenix, Antonio Banderas, Cynthia Erivo and more at Variety’s 10 Directors To Watch Lunch

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Cynthia Erivo Reveals How She Landed Aretha Franklin Role

Cynthia Erivo wears a hooded dress while walking the red carpet at the 2019 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Thursday night (January 2) in Palm Springs, Calif.

The 32-year-old actress was joined at the event by her Harriet director Kasi Lemmons and producer Debra Martin Chase, as well as friend Lena Waithe.

Cynthia is going to receive the Breakthrough Performance Award, which Lena will present. Earlier in the day, she participated in a Q&A at a screening of Harriet.

On the red carpet at the gala, Cynthia talked about her role as singer Aretha Franklin in the upcoming series Genius.

“You got me an Aretha Franklin job,” she told Variety‘s Marc Malkin. “Basically, when you asked me on the carpet to sing one of my favorite songs, I sang ‘Ain’t No Way.’ And then, Mr. Clive Davis saw that clip and that’s how I’m playing Aretha Franklin right now. It’s your fault!”

FYI: Cynthia is wearing a Schiaparelli Couture dress at the gala.

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