LOS ANGELES, California – The 16th annual American Film Awards® will be held at The Regal Cinemas, LA Live, in downtown Los Angeles, on Tuesday the 22nd of February, 2022. The best films of 2021 has been announced and this comes a surprise because its usually a closely guarded secret until the night of the awards. Dr. Frank Ezenekwe, the President of the American Film Awards®, made the announcement at the Regal Cinemas, at LA Live in Los Angeles on Monday the 17th of a January, also MLK’s Day.
“I have Tom Cruise to thank for inspiring the creation of the American Film Awards®.” I was in restaurant in Hollywood 20 years ago when I overheard a group of men arguing that Tom Cruise will never win an Academy Award®. It took a while to sink in, then I went home and decided to create an award that would not discriminate, exclude or deny any filmmaker a chance to be honored and celebrated for his or her God given gift. That’s what we have now. The American Film Awards®.
This year we honor the best films of 2021: The Harder They Fall, No Time to Die, Judas and The Black Messiah, West Side Story, No Sudden Move, The Tragedy of Macbeth, King Richard, The Last Duel, Belfast and Respect. These 10 films standout but we also recognize The Card Counter, Blue Bayou, Land, Malcom and Marie, Passing, Dear Evan Hansen, C’mon C’mon and The Mauritanian.
The American Film Awards® was created in 2007 by Dr. Frank Ezenekwe in Los Angeles, CA. They’re unique because their award categories include original awards like Best Action Film, Best Dramatic Film, Best Comedy. Best Horror Film etc. It’s an annual show that’s hosted in Los Angeles at LA Live and part of the show features the Hollywood Signature, an award for innovators and creatives outside the film Industry. We believe that Film is the purest form of cinematic expression but it’s not the only form of expression. With the explosion of artificial intelligence, social media in our world today, the American Film Awards® is open to awarding cinematic expressions in the Metaverse, in virtual reality, block chains, smart contracts and crypto.