Black Reel Award for Best Actor

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This page lists the winners and nominees for the Black Reel Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture. As of 2016, Denzel Washington has the most wins with 4 and nominations with 10. Chiwetel Ejiofor is also a multiple winner in this category with 2 wins. Both Bernie Mac and Jamie Foxx were the only recipients of the Outstanding Actor awards in Musical/Comedy and Drama.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.

† indicates an Academy Award–winning performance.
‡ indicates an Academy Award–nominated performance that same year.


Year Actor Film Ref
Denzel Washington The Hurricane [1]
Taye Diggs The Best Man
Laurence Fishburne The Matrix
Eddie Murphy Bowfinger
Sean Nelson The Wood
Denzel Washington Remember the Titans [2]
Omar Epps Love and Basketball
Morgan Freeman Nurse Betty
Cuba Gooding Jr. Men of Honor
Samuel L. Jackson Shaft
Denzel Washington Training Day [3]
Vin Diesel The Fast and the Furious
Tyrese Gibson Baby Boy
Samuel L. Jackson The Caveman's Valentine
Will Smith Ali
Derek Luke Antwone Fisher [4]
Ice Cube Barbershop
Samuel L. Jackson Changing Lanes
Wesley Snipes Undisputed
Denzel Washington John Q
Chiwetel Ejiofor Dirty Pretty Things [5]
Cuba Gooding Jr. Radio
LL Cool J Deliver Us from Eva
Wentworth Miller The Human Stain
Denzel Washington Out of Time
2005 Drama
Jamie Foxx Ray [6]
Don Cheadle Hotel Rwanda
Mario Van Peebles BAADASSSSS!
Comedy / Musical
Bernie Mac Mr. 3000
Jamie Foxx Breakin' All the Rules
Ice Cube Barbershop 2: Back in Business
Terrence Howard Hustle & Flow [7]
Don Cheadle Crash
Idris Elba The Gospel
Samuel L. Jackson Coach Carter
Will Smith Hitch
Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland [8]
Jamie Foxx Dreamgirls
Derek Luke Catch a Fire
Will Smith The Pursuit of Happyness
Denzel Washington Inside Man
Dev Patel Slumdog Millionaire [9]
Don Cheadle Traitor
Mos Def Be Kind Rewind
Chiwetel Ejiofor Redbelt
Derek Luke Miracle at St. Anna


Year Actor Film Ref
Morgan Freeman Invictus [10]
Quinton Aaron The Blind Side
Jamie Foxx The Soloist
Souléymane Sy Savané Goodbye Solo
Denzel Washington The Taking of Pelham 123
Anthony Mackie Night Catches Us [11]
Don Cheadle Brooklyn's Finest
Jaden Smith The Karate Kid
Denzel Washington The Book of Eli
Denzel Washington Unstoppable
John Boyega Attack the Block [12]
Laz Alonso Jumping the Broom
Demián Bichir A Better Life
Oliver Litundo The First Grader
Evan Ross Mooz-lum
Denzel Washington Flight [13]
Jamie Foxx Django Unchained
Nate Parker Red Tails
Chris Rock 2 Days in New York
Omar Sy The Intouchables
Chiwetel Ejiofor 12 Years a Slave [14]
Idris Elba Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Michael B. Jordan Fruitvale Station
Isaiah Washington Blue Caprice
Forest Whitaker The Butler
David Oyelowo Selma [15]
Chadwick Boseman Get on Up
Nate Parker Beyond the Lights
Chris Rock Top Five
Denzel Washington The Equalizer
Michael B. Jordan Creed [16]
Abraham Attah Beasts of No Nation
Chiwetel Ejiofor Z for Zachariah
Samuel L. Jackson The Hateful Eight
Will Smith Concussion