Black Reel Award for Best Director

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Here are the winners and nominees for the Black Reel Award for Best Director.

Lee Daniels & Steve McQueen (director) are the only directors nominated for Academy Awards. Daniels earned a nomination for Precious and McQueen for 12 Years a Slave.

Peter Ramsey became the first Black Director to earn a Black Reel Nomination for an animated film.

Gina Prince-Bythewood & Steve McQueen (artist) are tied with the most wins in this category with two a piece.

Multiple Nominees:


Year Winner Nominees Source
2015 [1]
2014 Steve McQueen (director)(12 Years a Slave)
  • Lee Daniels (Lee Daniels' the Butler)
  • George Tillman Jr. (The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete)
  • Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man Holiday)
  • Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station)
2013 Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere) [3]
2012 Steve McQueen (artist) (Shame)
  • Ava DuVernay (I Will Follow)
  • Salim Akil (Jumping the Broom)
  • Dee Rees (Pariah)
  • Qasim Basir (Mooz-lum)
2011 Hughes Brothers (The Book of Eli) [5]
2010 Lee Daniels (Precious) [6]
2008 Gina Prince-Bythewood (The Secret Life of Bees) [7]
2007 Spike Lee (Inside Man) [8]
2006 Thomas Carter (Coach Carter) [9]
2005 Mario Van Peebles (BAADASSSSS!) [10]
2004 F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) [11]
2003 Denzel Washington (Antwone Fisher) [12]
2002 Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) [13]
2001 Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball) [14]
2000 Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man) [15]