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
Barry Jenkins Moonlight
Don Cheadle Miles Ahead
Antoine Fuqua The Magnificent Seven
Nate Parker The Birth of a Nation
Denzel Washington Fences
Jordan Peele Get Out
Maggie Betts Novitiate
Reginald Hudlin Marshall
Malcolm D. Lee Girls Trip
Dee Rees Mudbound
Ryan Coogler Black Panther
Spike Lee BlacKkKlansman
Barry Jenkins If Beale Street Could Talk
Boots Riley Sorry to Bother You
Steve McQueen Widows

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