Black Reel Award for Best Actress

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This is a list of actresses who have won and been nominated for the Black Reel Award for Best Actress.

As of the 2011 ceremony, Sanaa Lathan has won twice, the most in this category. Quvenzhane Wallis is currently the youngest winner in this category. Academy Award-nominated or winning performances also honored with nominations or wins at the Black Reel Awards include Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Viola Davis (The Help), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda), and Halle Berry (Monster's Ball).

Most nominations

Winners and nominees[edit]

Table key
Indicates the winner
† indicates an Academy Award–winning performance.
‡ indicates an Academy Award–nominated performance that same year.
Year Actress Film Ref.
1st Annual
Nia Long The Best Man [1]
Thandie Newton Besieged
Rosario Dawson Light It Up
Rosie Perez The 24 Hour Woman
Malinda Williams The Wood
2nd Annual
Sanaa Lathan Love and Basketball [2]
Jada Pinkett Smith Bamboozled
Angela Bassett Boesman and Lena
Michelle Rodriguez Girlfight
Alfre Woodard What's Cooking
3rd Annual
Halle Berry Monster's Ball [3]
Taraji P. Henson Baby Boy
Pam Grier Bones
Vivica A. Fox Two Can Play That Game
Regina King Down to Earth
4th Annual
Angela Bassett Sunshine State [4]
Sanaa Lathan Brown Sugar
Thandie Newton The Truth About Charlie
Aunjanue Ellis Undercover Brother
Kimberly Elise John Q
5th Annual
Sanaa Lathan Out of Time [5]
Halle Berry Gothika
Queen Latifah Bringing Down the House
Beyonce Knowles The Fighting Temptations
Gabrielle Union Deliver Us From Eva
6th Annual
Sophie Okonedo (Drama) ‡ Hotel Rwanda [6]
Regina King Ray
Kerry Washington Ray
6th Annual
Irma P. Hall (Musical/Comedy) The Ladykillers [7]
Gabrielle Union Breakin' All the Rules
Angela Bassett Mr. 3000
7th Annual
Kimberly Elise Diary of a Mad Black Woman [8]
Queen Latifah Last Holiday
Rosario Dawson Rent
Nona Gaye The Gospel
Zoe Saldana Guess Who
8th Annual
Keke Palmer Akeelah and the Bee [9]
Beyonce Knowles Dreamgirls
Sanaa Lathan Something New
9th Annual
Queen Latifah The Secret Life of Bees [10]
Jennifer Hudson The Secret Life of Bees
Alfre Woodard The Family That Preys
Sanaa Lathan The Family That Preys
Keke Palmer The Longshots
10th Annual
Gabourey Sidibe Precious [11]
Nicole Beharie American Violet
Sophie Okonedo Skin
Taraji P. Henson I Can Do Bad All By Myself
Maya Rudolph Away We Go
11th Annual
Kerry Washington Night Catches Us [12]
Kimberly Elise For Colored Girls
Anika Noni Rose For Colored Girls
Thandie Newton For Colored Girls
Queen Latifah Just Wright
12th Annual
Viola Davis The Help [13]
Zoe Saldana Colombiana
Naomie Harris The First Grader
Adepero Oduye Pariah
Nia Long Mooz-lum
13th Annual
Quvenzhane Wallis Beasts of the Southern Wild [14]
Emayatzy Corinealdi Middle of Nowhere
Rashida Jones Celeste and Jesse Forever
Viola Davis Won't Back Down
Halle Berry Cloud Atlas
14th Annual
Danai Gurira Mother of George [15]
Lisagay Hamilton Go for Sisters
Rosario Dawson Trance
Nia Long The Best Man Holiday
Halle Berry The Call
15th Annual
Gugu Mbatha-Raw Belle [16]
Quvenzhane Wallis Annie
Gugu Mbatha-Raw Beyond the Lights
Tessa Thompson Dear White People
Rosario Dawson Top Five