Black Reel Award for Best Director

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This page lists the winners and nominees for the Black Reel Award for Best Director. Lee Daniels and Steve McQueen are the only directors nominated for Academy Awards. Daniels earned a nomination for Precious and McQueen for 12 Years a Slave.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.


Year Director Film Ref
Malcolm D. Lee The Best Man [1]
Rick Famuyiwa The Wood
Spike Lee Summer of Sam
Gina Prince-Bythewood Love & Basketball [2]
Kwyn Bader Loving Jezebel
Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes American Pimp
Spike Lee Bamboozled
John Singleton Shaft
Antoine Fuqua Training Day [3]
Thomas Carter Save the Last Dance
Gary Hardwick The Brothers
Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes From Hell
John Singleton Baby Boy
Denzel Washington Antwone Fisher [4]
Malcolm D. Lee Undercover Brother
Spike Lee 25th Hour
Charles Stone III Drumline
Tim Story Barbershop
F. Gary Gray The Italian Job [5]
Carl Franklin Out of Time
Antoine Fuqua Tears of the Sun
Gary Hardwick Deliver Us From Eva
John Singleton 2 Fast 2 Furious
Mario Van Peebles BAADASSSSS! [6]
Ernest Dickerson Never Die Alone
Antoine Fuqua Lighting in a Bottle
Spike Lee She Hate Me
Charles Stone III Mr. 3000
Thomas Carter Coach Carter [7]
Malcolm D. Lee Roll Bounce
John Singleton Four Brothers
Tim Story Fantastic Four
Spike Lee Inside Man [8]
Bryan Barber Idlewild
Sanaa Hamri Something New
Clark Johnson The Sentinel
Chris Robinson ATL
Gina Prince-Bythewood The Secret Life of Bees [9]
Malcolm D. Lee Soul Men
Spike Lee Miracle at St. Anna
Darnell Martin Cadillac Records
Gabriele Muccino Seven Pounds


Year Director Film Ref
Lee Daniels Precious [10]
Bill Duke Not Easily Broken
Spike Lee Passing Strange
Scott Sanders Black Dynamite
George Tillman, Jr. Notorious
Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes The Book of Eli [11]
Antoine Fuqua Brooklyn's Finest
Tanya Hamilton Night Catches Us
Sanaa Hamri Just Wright
Tyler Perry For Colored Girls
Steve McQueen Shame [12]
Salim Akil Jumping the Broom
Qasim Basir Mooz-lum
Ava DuVernay I Will Follow
Dee Rees Pariah
Ava DuVernay Middle of Nowhere [13]
Salim Akil Sparkle
Spike Lee Red Hook Summer
Peter Ramsey Rise of the Guardians
Tim Story Think Like a Man
Steve McQueen 12 Years a Slave [14]
Ryan Coogler Fruitvale Station
Lee Daniels The Butler
Malcolm D. Lee The Best Man Holiday
George Tillman, Jr. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
Ava DuVernay Selma [15]
Amma Asante Belle
Gina Prince-Bythewood Beyond the Lights
Chris Rock Top Five
Justin Simien Dear White People
Ryan Coogler Creed [16]
Rick Famuyiwa Dope
Antoine Fuqua Southpaw
F Gary Gray Straight Outta Compton
Spike Lee Chi-Raq

Multiple nominations and wins[edit]

Multiple wins[edit]

2 Wins

Multiple Nominees[edit]


  1. ^ 2000 Black Reel Awards
  2. ^ 2001 Black Reel Awards
  3. ^ 2002 Black Reel Awards
  4. ^ 2003 Black Reel Awards
  5. ^ 2004 Black Reel Awards
  6. ^ 2005 Black Reel Awards
  7. ^ 2006 Black Reel Awards
  8. ^ 2007 Black Reel Awards
  9. ^ 2008 Black Reel Awards
  10. ^ 2010 Black Reel Awards
  11. ^ 2011 Black Reel Awards
  12. ^ 2012 Black Reel Awards
  13. ^ "Critics Wild About Beasts". Black Reel Awards. February 8, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  14. ^ "2014 Black Reel Awards - Nominees". Black Reel Awards. December 11, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  15. ^ 2015 Black Reel Awards
  16. ^ 2016 Black Reel Awards