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21st Annual Black Reel Awards Predictions outstanding actor

Past Winners

  • 2000 - Denzel Washington | The Hurricane
  • 2001 - Denzel Washington | Remember the Titans
  • 2002 - Denzel Washington | Training Day
  • 2003 - Derek Luke | Antwone Fisher
  • 2004 - Chiwetel Ejiofor | Dirty Pretty Things
  • 2005 - Jamie Foxx | Ray (Drama)
  • 2005 - Bernie Mac | Mr. 3000 (Comedy/Musical)
  • 2006 - Terrence Howard | Hustle & Flow
  • 2007 - Forest Whitaker | The Last King of Scotland
  • 2008 - Dev Patel | Slumdog Millionaire
  • 2009 - N/A
  • 2010 - Morgan Freeman | Invictus
  • 2011 - Anthony Mackie | Night Catches Us
  • 2012 - John Boyega | Attack the Block
  • 2013 - Denzel Washington | Flight
  • 2014 - Chiwetel Ejiofor | 12 Years a Slave
  • 2015 - David Oyelowo | Selma
  • 2016 - Michael B. Jordan | Creed
  • 2017 - Denzel Washington | Fences
  • 2018 - Daniel Kaluuya | Get Out
  • 2019 - Chadwick Boseman | Black Panther
  • 2020 - Eddie Murphy | Dolemite is My Name

State of the Race

This year's Outstanding Actor race is one of the most competitive races in BRA history. Leading the pack, is the late-great Chadwick Boseman, who delivered an electrifying performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. If nominated, Boseman will become the first actor to received a posthumous acting nomination in Black Reel Award History.

Also delivering a career-defining performance, is veteran actor Delroy Lindo for Da 5 Bloods. Despite a 40-plus career, Lindo has yet to receive the mainstream awards attention that he rightfully deserves. Look for Lindo to be a potential spoiler to Boseman in this category.

7-time Black Reel Award winner, Denzel Washington is looking to join the race with his performance in The Little Things. Washington, currently holds the record for most wins and nominations in this category with 5 wins and 14 nominations.

Denzel might not be the only Washington earning a nom in this category. Denzel's son, John David Washington has not one but two chances to score a nom for his role in Tenet and Malcolm & Marie.

Other contenders to look out for in this category includes Eli Goree & Kingsley-Ben Adir for One Night in Miami, Nnamdi Asomugha for Sylvie's Love and LaKeith Stanfield for Judas and the Black Messiah.

PREDICTED NOMINEES (1-5)

1.

CHADWICK BOSEMAN

MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM

BRA History: 4 nominations | 1 win

Outstanding Actor - "Black Panther", 2019

2.

DELROY LINDO

DA 5 BLOODS

BRA History: 2 nominations | 0 wins

3.

KINGSLEY BEN-ADIR

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

BRA HISTORY: Never Nominated

4.

LAKEITH STANFIELD

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

BRA History: 4 nominations | 0 wins

5.

JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON

MALCOLM & MARIE

BRA History: 2 nominations | 0 wins

SPOILERS (6 - 10)

6.

ELI GOREE

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

BRA HISTORY: NEVER NOMINATED

7.

DENZEL WASHINGTON

THE LITTLE THINGS

BRA HISTORY: 20 NOMINATIONS | 7 WINS

Outstanding Actor - "The Hurricane", 2000

Outstanding Actor - "Remember the Titans", 2001

Outstanding Actor - "Training Day", 2002

Outstanding Motion Picture - "Antwone Fisher", 2003

Outstanding Director - "Antwone Fisher", 2003

Outstanding Actor - "Flight", 2013

Outstanding Actor - "Fences", 2017

8.

SOPE DISIRU

HIS HOUSE

BRA HISTORY: NEVER NOMINATED

9.

NNAMDI ASMOUGHA

SYLVIE'S LOVE

BRA HISTORY: 1 NOMINATION | 0 WINS

10.

JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON

TENET

BRA HISTORY: 2 NOMINATIONS | 0 WINS

DARKHORSES (11 - 15)

11.

IBRAHIMA GUEYE

THE LIFE AHEAD

BRA HISTORY: NEVER NOMINATED

12.

NTARE MWINE

FAREWELL AMOR

BRA HISTORY: NEVER NOMINATED

13.

ANTHONY MACKIE

THE BANKER

BRA HISTORY: 4 NOMINATIONS | 2 WINS

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR - "THE HURT LOCKER", 2010

OUTSTANDING ACTOR - "NIGHT CATCHES US", 2011

14.

MAMOUDOU ATHIE

UNCORKED

BRA HISTORY: NEVER NOMINATED

15.

TRAI BYERS

THE 24TH

BRA HISTORY: NEVER NOMINATED

OUTSIDE CONTENDERS (Unranked)

  • Rob Morgan | Bull (Never Nominated)
  • Leslie Odom Jr. | Music (Never Nominated)
  • Nate Parker | American Skin (8 nominations, 1 win)
  • Ashton Sanders | All Day and a Night (2 nominations, 0 wins)
  • Forest Whitaker | Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (7 nominations, 1 win)

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