Black Movie Awards
The Black Movie Awards (BMAs) is an unprecedented ceremony recognizing the achievement of persons of African descent in the motion picture industry. The event was created to celebrate and illuminate their many contributions to American cinema as well as to acknowledge outstanding Hollywood films portraying the Black experience. The awards were first presented in 1997 during the closing ceremony of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF).
Following eight successful years as a non-televised event, the BMA had its broadcast premiere on TNT in 2005 and aired again in 2006. The broadcasts were executive produced by Jeff Friday (ABFF Founder/CEO, Film Life), and Suzanne de Passe (CEO, de Passe Jones Entertainment). To this day, the BMAs stands as the only event solely dedicated to honoring excellence and achievement in Black cinema.
Over the years, the BMAs have garnered a tremendous amount of goodwill in the Hollywood community. Many well-known personalities have graced the show stage including: Oprah Winfrey, Sidney Poitier, Cicely Tyson, Don Cheadle, Spike Lee, Robert Townsend, Morgan Freeman, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Tyler Perry, Angela Bassett, Zoe Saldana, Rosario Dawson, Idris Elba, Anthony Mackie and Cuba Gooding Jr., among others.
The BMAs will return in February of 2014 as a more intimate and exclusive version of the television show previously broadcast on TNT. This Golden Globes-style dinner gala will bring out the most influential members the Hollywood community to shine a spotlight on Black cinema and celebrate the careers of extraordinary artists. This annual event is a highlight of African American culture during Black History Month and Hollywood’s much anticipated awards season.
The evening’s program will feature renowned actors and filmmakers honored by their peers for their work and unprecedented contributions in the motion picture industry. In addition, one studio film, will receive the Classic Cinema Award and one current release will be named Film of The Year.
The event, hosted by actor Anthony Anderson, will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Its musical performance is TBA.
This non-televised gala will be videotaped to capture the essence of event to be shared beyond this VIP affair through the Internet/social media.