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21st Annual Black Reel Awards Nominees

OUTSTANDING MOTION PICTURE

Da 5 Bloods (Netflix) | Jon Kilik, Spike Lee, Beatriz Levin & Lloyd Levin, producers
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Beatriz Levin & Lloyd Levin.

This is the second nomination for Jon Kilik

In addition to his nomination for Outstanding Director (Da 5 Bloods) this is the 28th nomination for Lee. He previous won in 2001 for Outstanding Motion Picture (Love & Basketball) and 2007 for Outstanding Director (Inside Man).

Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.) | Charles D. King, Ryan Coogler & Shaka King, producers
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Charles D. King.

This is the ninth nomination for Ryan Coogler. He previously won in 2016 for Outstanding Director & Screenplay (Creed) and in 2019 for Outstanding Director (Black Panther).

In addition to his nominations for Outstanding Director, Screenplay & Emerging Director (Judas and the Black Messiah) this is the fourth nomination for Shaka King.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Netflix) | Denzel Washington, Todd Black & Dany Wolf, producers
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Dany Wolf.

This is the fifth nomination for Todd Black. He previously won in 2003 for Outstanding Motion Picture (Antwone Fisher).

This is the 21st nomination for Denzel Washington. He previously won in 2000 for Outstanding Actor (The Hurricane), 2001 for Outstanding Actor (Remember the Titans), 2002 for Outstanding Actor (Training Day), 2003 for Outstanding Motion Picture & Director (Anwtone Fisher), 2013 for Outstanding Actor (Flight) and 2017 for Outstanding Actor (Fences).

One Night in Miami (Amazon Studios) | Jess Wu Calder, Keith Cadler & Jody Klein, producers
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Jess Wu Calder, Keith Cadler and Jody Klein.

Soul (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures) | Dana Murray, producer
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Dana Murray.

OUTSTANDING ACTOR

Kingsley Ben-Adir | One Night in Miami
Nomination History

In addition to his nomination for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male, this is the second Black Reel Award nomination for Ben-Adir.

Chadwick Boseman | Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Nomination History

In addition to his nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor (Da 5 Bloods), this is the sixth Black Reel Award nomination for Chadwick Boseman. Boseman previously won in 2019 for Outstanding Actor (Black Panther).

Delroy Lindo | Da 5 Bloods
Nomination History

This is the third nomination for Delroy Lindo.

Rob Morgan | Bull
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Rob Morgan.

LaKeith Stanfield | Judas and the Black Messiah
Nomination History

This is the fifth nomination for LaKeith Stanfield.

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS

Nicole Beharie | Miss Juneteenth
Nomination History

This is the fourth nomination for Nicole Beharie.

Viola Davis | Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Nomination History

This is the 10th nomination for Viola Davis. She previously won in 2010 for Outstanding Supporting Actress (Doubt), 2012 for Outstanding Actress (The Help) and 2017 for Outstanding Supporting Actress (Fences).

Andra Day | The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Nomination History

In addition to her nominations for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female and Outstanding Original Song (The United States vs. Billie Holiday) this is the 4th nomination for Andra Day.

Tessa Thompson | Sylvie's Love
Nomination History

This is the fifth nomination for Tessa Thompson. She previously won in 2013 for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance (For Colored Girls) and 2016 for Outstanding Supporting Actress (Creed).

Zendaya | Malcolm & Marie
Nomination History

In addition to her nomination for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female (Malcolm & Marie) this is the second nomination for Zendaya.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR

Radha Blank | The Forty-Year-Old Version
Nomination History

In addition to her nominations for Outstanding Screenplay, Independent Feature, Emerging Director, Original Song, Breakthrough Performance, Female and First Screenplay this is the seventh nomination for Radha Blank.

Regina King | One Night in Miami
Nomination History

In addition to her nomination for Outstanding Emerging Director (One Night in Miami) this is the fifth nomination for Regina King. She previously won in 2019 for Outstanding Supporting Actress (If Beale Street Could Talk).

Shaka King | Judas and the Black Messiah
Nomination History

In addition to his nominations for Outstanding Motion Picture, Screenplay & Emerging Director (Judas and the Black Messiah) this is the fourth nomination for Shaka King.

Spike Lee | Da 5 Bloods
Nomination History

In addition to his nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture (Da 5 Bloods) this is the 28th nomination for Lee. He previous won in 2001 for Outstanding Motion Picture (Love & Basketball) and 2007 for Outstanding Director (Inside Man).

Channing Godfrey Peoples | Miss Juneteenth
Nomination History

In addition to her nominations for Outstanding Independent Feature, Emerging Director and First Screenplay (Miss Juneteenth) this is the fourth nomination for Channing Godfrey Peoples.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR

Chadwick Boseman | Da 5 Bloods
Nomination History

In addition to his nomination for Outstanding Actor (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom), this is the sixth Black Reel Award nomination for Chadwick Boseman. Boseman previously won in 2019 for Outstanding Actor (Black Panther).

Colman Domingo | Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Colman Domingo.

Aldis Hodge | One Night in Miami
Nomination History

This the third nomination for Aldis Hodge.

Daniel Kaluuya | Judas and the Black Messiah
Nomination History

This is the fifth nomination for Daniel Kaluuya. He previously won in 2018 for Outstanding Actor & Breakthrough Performance, Male (Get Out).

Leslie Odom Jr. | One Night in Miami
Nomination History

In addition to his nomination for Outstanding Original Song ("Speak Now", One Night in Miami) this is the second nomination for Leslie Odom Jr.

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Alexis Chikaeze | Miss Juneteenth
Nomination History

In addition to her nomination for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female (Miss Juneteenth) this is the second nomination for Alexis Chikaeze.

Dominique Fishback | Judas and the Black Messiah
Nomination History

In addition to her nomination for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female (Judas and the Black Messiah) this is the second nomination for Dominique Fishback.

KiKi Layne | The Old Guard
Nomination History

This is the third nomination for KiKi Layne. She previously won in 2019 for Outstanding Actress (If Beale Street Could Talk).

Tracee Ellis Ross | The High Note
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Tracee Ellis Ross.

Gabourey Sidibe | Antebellum
Nomination History

This is the fourth nomination for Gabourey Sidibe. She previously won in 2010 for Outstanding Actress & Breakthrough Performance (Precious) and 2019 for Outstanding Short Film (The Tale of Four).

Outstanding Screenplay

Radha Blank, writer
Nomination History

In addition to her nominations for Outstanding Director, Independent Feature, Emerging Director, Original Song, Breakthrough Performance, Female and First Screenplay this is the seventh nomination for Radha Blank.

Will Berson & Shaka King, writers
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Will Berson.

In addition to his nominations for Outstanding Motion Picture, Director & Emerging Director (Judas and the Black Messiah) this is the fourth nomination for Shaka King.

Ruben Santiago-Hudson, writer
Nomination History

In addition to his nomination for Outstanding First Screenplay (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) this is the second nomination for Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Kemp Powers, writer
Nomination History

In addition to his nomination for Outstanding Screenplay (Soul) and First Screenplay (One Night in Miami) this is the third nomination for Kemp Powers.

Pete Docter, Kemp Powers & Mike Jones, writers
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Pete Docter and Mike Jones.

In addition to his nomination for Outstanding Screenplay and First Screenplay (One Night in Miami) this is the third nomination for Kemp Powers.

Outstanding Documentary Feature

All In: The Fight for Democracy | Liz Garbus & Lisa Cortes, directors

This is the second nomination for Liz Garbus. She previously won in 2016 for Outstanding Documentary Feature (What Happened, Miss Simone?)

This is the second nomination for Lisa Cortes.

John Lewis: Good Trouble | Dawn Porter, director

In addition to her nomination for Outstanding Documentary (The Way I See It) this is the second nomination for Dawn Porter.

MLK/FBI | Sam Pollard, director
Nomination History

This is the second nomination for Sam Pollard.

Time | Garrett Bradley, director
Nomination History

This is the second nomination for Garrett Bradley.

The Way I See It | Dawn Porter, director
Nomination History

In addition to her nomination for Outstanding Documentary (All In: Fight for Democracy) this is the second nomination for Dawn Porter.

Outstanding Foreign-Language Film

His House (United Kingdom) | Remi Weekes, director
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Remi Weekes.

The Life Ahead (Italy) | Edoardo Ponti, director
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Edoardo Ponti.

Night of the Kings (Senegal) | Philippe Lacote, Director 
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Philippe Lacote.

Outstanding Ensemble

Da 5 Bloods | Kim Coleman, casting director
Nomination History

This is the sixth nomination for Kim Coleman.

Judas and the Black Messiah | Alexa F. Fogel, casting director
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Alexa F. Fogel.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom | Avy Kaufman, casting director
Nomination History

This is the second nomination for Avy Kaufman.

Miss Juneteenth | Tisha Blood, Chelsea Ellis Bloch & Matthew West Taylor, casting directors
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Tisha Blood, Chelsea Ellis Bloch & Matthew West Taylor.

One Night in Miami | Kim Hardin, casting director
Nomination History

This is the fifth nomination for Kim Hardin. She previously won in 2008 for Outstanding Ensemble (Cadillac Records).

Outstanding Voice Performance

Angela Bassett | Soul
Nomination History

This is Angela Bassett's eighth nomination. She previously won in 2003 for Outstanding Actress (Sunshine State).

Jamie Foxx | Soul
Nomination History

This is the 12th nomination for Jamie Foxx. He previously won in 2002 for Outstanding Supporting Actor (Ali) and in 2005 for Outstanding Actor, Drama (Ray) and Outstanding Supporting Actor (Collateral).

Phylicia Rashad | Soul
Nomination History

This is the second nomination for Phylicia Rashad. She previously won in 2011 for Outstanding Supporting Actress (For Colored Girls).

Maya Rudolph | The Willoughbys
Nomination History

This is the eighth nomination for Maya Rudolph.

Octavia Spencer | Onward
Nomination History

This is the eighth nomination for Octavia Spencer. She previously won in 2012 for Outstanding Supporting Actress (The Help).

Outstanding Score

The Forty-Year-Old Version | Guy C. Routte
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Guy C. Routte.

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey | John Debney, composer
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for John Debney.

The Photograph | Robert Glasper, composer
Nomination History

This is the third nomination for Robert Glasper.

Soul | Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Jon Batiste, composers

This is the first nomination for Jon Batiste.

This is the second nomination for Trent Reznor.

This is the third nomination for Atticus Ross.

Sylvie's Love | Fabrice Lecomte, composer
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Fabrice Lecomte.

Outstanding Original Song

"Fight for You" (Judas and the Black Messiah) | H.E.R., performer; H.E.R., Tiara Thomas & Dernst Emile II, writers
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for H.E.R., Tiara Thomas and Dernst Emile II.

"Make It Work" (Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey) | Anika Noni Rose & Forest Whitaker, performers; John Legend, writer
Nomination History

This is the eighth nomination for Forest Whitaker. He previously won in 2007 for Outstanding Actor (The Last King of Scotland).

This is the sixth nomination for John Legend. He previously won in 2011 for Outstanding Original Song ("Shine" from Waiting for Superman), 2013 for Outstanding Original Song ("Who Did That to You?" from Django Unchained) and 2015 for Outstanding Original Song ("Glory" from Selma).

This is the fifth nomination for Anika Noni Rose. She previously won in 2010 for Outstanding Voice Performance and Original Song (The Princess and the Frog).

"Poverty Porn" (The Forty-Year-Old Version) | RadhaMUSprime, performer; Radha Blank, writer
Nomination History

In addition to her nominations for Outstanding Director, Screenplay, Independent Feature, Emerging Director, Breakthrough Performance, Female and First Screenplay this is the seventh nomination for Radha Blank.

"Speak Now" (One Night in Miami) | Leslie Odom Jr., performer; Leslie Odom Jr. & Sam Ashworth, writers

This is the first nomination for Sam Ashworth.

In addition to his nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor (One Night in Miami) this is the second nomination for Leslie Odom Jr.

"Tigress and Tweed" (The United States vs. Billie Holiday) | Andra Day, performer; Andra Day & Raphael Saadiq, writers
Nomination History

This is the fifth nomination for Raphael Saadiq. He previously won in 2003 for Outstanding Original Song ("Love of My Life (Ode to Hip-Hop)" from Brown Sugar) and in 2018 for Outstanding Original Song ("Mighty River" from Mudbound).

In addition to her nominations for Outstanding Actress, Breakthrough Performance, Female (The United States vs. Billie Holiday) this is the fourth nomination for Andra Day.

Outstanding Independent Feature

American Skin | Nate Parker, director
Nomination History

This is the ninth nomination for Nate Parker. He previously won in 2015 for Outstanding Short Film (#AmeriCAN).

Farewell Amor | Ekwa Msangi, director
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Ekwa Msangi.

The Forty-Year-Old Version | Radha Blank, director
Nomination History

In addition to her nominations for Outstanding Director, Screenplay, Original Song, Emerging Director, Breakthrough Performance, Female & First Screenplay (The Forty-Year-Old Version) this is the seventh nomination for Radha Blank.

Miss Juneteenth | Channing Godfrey Peoples, director
Nomination History

In addition to her nominations for Outstanding Director, Emerging Director and First Screenplay (Miss Juneteenth) this is the fourth nomination for Channing Godfrey Peoples.

Sylvie's Love | Eugene Ashe, director
Nomination History

In addition to his nominations for Outstanding Emerging Director and First Screenplay (Sylvie's Love) this is the third nomination for Eugene Ashe.

Outstanding Short Film

Brother | Ya'Ke Smith, director
Nomination History

In addition to his nomination for Outstanding Short Film (The Pandemic Chronicles) this is the third nomination for Ya'Ke Smith. Smith previously won in 2011 for Outstanding Short Film (Katrina's Son).

Canvas | Frank E. Abney II, director
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Frank E. Abney II.

The Cypher | Letia Solomon, director
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Letia Solomon.

Grab My Hand: A Letter to My Dad | Camrus Johnson, director
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Camrus Johnson.

The Pandemic Chronicles | Ya'Ke Smith, director
Nomination History

In addition to his nomination for Outstanding Short Film (Brother) this is the third nomination for Ya'Ke Smith. Smith previously won in 2011 for Outstanding Short Film (Katrina's Son).

Outstanding Independent Documentary

Mr. Soul! | Melissa Haizlip, director
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Melissa Haizlip.

The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts the Tonight Show | Yoruba Richen, director
Nomination History

This is the second nomination for Yoruba Richen. Richen previously won in 2014 for Outstanding Independent Documentary (The New Black).

With Drawn Arms | Glenn Kaino & Afshin Shahidi, directors
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Glenn Kaino & Afshin Shahidi.

Outstanding Emerging Director

Eugene Ashe | Sylvie's Love
Nomination History

In addition to his nominations for Outstanding Independent Feature and First Screenplay (Sylvie's Love) this is the third nomination for Eugene Ashe.

Radha Blank | The Forty-Year-Old Version
Nomination History

In addition to her nominations for Outstanding Director, Screenplay, Original Song, Emerging Director, Breakthrough Performance, Female & First Screenplay (The Forty-Year-Old Version) this is the seventh nomination for Radha Blank.

Regina King | One Night in Miami
Nomination History

In addition to her nomination for Outstanding Director (One Night in Miami) this is the fifth nomination for Regina King. She previously won in 2019 for Outstanding Supporting Actress (If Beale Street Could Talk).

Shaka King | Judas and the Black Messiah
Nomination History

In addition to his nominations for Outstanding Motion Picture, Director & Screenplay (Judas and the Black Messiah) this is the fourth nomination for Shaka King.

Channing Godfrey Peoples | Miss Juneteenth
Nomination History

In addition to her nominations for Outstanding Director, Independent Feature and First Screenplay (Miss Juneteenth) this is the fourth nomination for Channing Godfrey Peoples.

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male

Yahya Abdul-Manteen II | The Trial of the Chicago 7
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Yahya Abdul-Manteen II.

Kingsley Ben-Adir | One Night in Miami
Nomination History

In addition to his nomination for Outstanding Actor (One Night in Miami) this is the second nomination for Kingsley Ben-Adir.

DuSan Brown | Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for DuSan Brown.

Eli Goree | One Night in Miami
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Eli Goree.

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine | Farewell Amor
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine.

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female

Radha Blank | The Forty-Year-Old Version
Nomination History

In addition to her nominations for Outstanding Director, Screenplay, Original Song, Independent Feature, Emerging Director, & First Screenplay (The Forty-Year-Old Version) this is the seventh nomination for Radha Blank.

Alexis Chikaeze | Miss Juneteenth
Nomination History

In addition to her nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress (Miss Juneteenth) this is the second nomination for Alexis Chikaeze.

Andra Day | The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Nomination History

In addition to her nominations for Outstanding Actress & Outstanding Original Song (The United States vs. Billie Holiday) this is the fourth nomination for Andra Day.

Dominique Fishback | Judas and the Black Messiah
Nomination History

In addition to her nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress (Judas and the Black Messiah) this is the second nomination for Dominique Fishback.

Zendaya | Malcolm & Marie
Nomination History

In addition to her nomination for Outstanding Actress (Malcolm & Marie) this is the second nomination for Zendaya.

Outstanding First Screenplay

The Forty-Year-Old Version | Radha Blank, writer
Nomination History

In addition to her nominations for Outstanding Director, Screenplay, Original Song, Independent Feature, Emerging Director & Breakthrough Performance, Female (The Forty-Year-Old Version) this is the seventh nomination for Radha Blank.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom | Ruben Santiago-Hudson, writer
Nomination History

In addition to his nomination for Outstanding Screenplay (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom) this the second nomination for Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Miss Juneteenth | Channing Godfrey Peoples, writer
Nomination History

In addition to her nominations for Outstanding Director, Independent Feature and Emerging Director (Miss Juneteenth) this is the fourth nomination for Channing Godfrey Peoples.

One Night in Miami | Kemp Powers, writer
Nomination History

In addition to his nominations for Outstanding Screenplay (One Night in Miami & Soul) this is the third nomination fro Kemp Powers.

Sylvie's Love | Eugene Ashe, writer
Nomination History

In addition to his nominations for Outstanding Independent Feature & Emerging Director (Sylvie's Love) this is the third nomination for Eugene Ashe.

Outstanding Cinematography

Newton Thomas Sigel, cinematographer
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Newton Thomas Sigel.

Sean Bobbitt, cinematographer
Nomination History

This is the second nomination for Sean Bobbitt.

Marcell Rev, cinematographer
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Marcell Rev.

Tami Reiker, cinematographer
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Tami Reiker.

Hoyte Van Hoytema, cinematographer

This is the first nomination for Hoyte Van Hoytema.

Outstanding Costume Design

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey | Michael Wilkinson, costume designer
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Michael Wilkinson.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom | Ann Roth, costume designer
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Ann Roth.

One Night in Miami | Francine Jamison-Tanchuck, costume designer
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Francine Jamison-Tanchuck.

Sylvie's Love | Phoenix Mellow, costume designer
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Phoenix Mellow.

The United States vs. Billie Holiday | Paolo Nieddu, costume designer
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Paolo Nieddu.

Outstanding Production Design

Gavin Bocquet, production designer
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Gavin Bocquet.

Sam Lisenco, production designer
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Sam Lisenco.

Mark Ricker, production designer
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Mark Ricker.

Barry Robison, production designer
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Barry Robison.

Nathan Crowley, production designer
Nomination History

This is the first nomination for Nathan Crowley.

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