Black Reel Award for Outstanding Film

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This page lists the winners and nominees for the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Film. This award is presented to the producers of the film. For Colored Girls holds the record with the most nominations with 14, while 12 Years a Slave has the most wins in a single year with 8.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.


Year Film Distributor Producer(s) Ref
The Hurricane Universal Studios Norman Jewison, John Ketchem and Armyan Bernstein [1]
The Best Man Universal Pictures Bill Carraro, Sam Kitt and Spike Lee
Life Universal Pictures Eddie Murphy and Brian Grazer
The Wood Paramount Pictures David Gale, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa
Love & Basketball New Line Cinema Spike Lee and Sam Kitt [2]
Bamboozled New Line Cinema John Kilik and Spike Lee
Girlfight Screen Gems Maggie Renzi, Martha Griffin and Sarah Green
Men of Honor 20th Century Fox Bill Badalato and Robert Teitel
Remember the Titans Walt Disney Pictures Chad Oman and Jerry Bruckheimer
Training Day Warner Bros. Pictures Bruce Berman and Davis Guggenheim [3]
Ali Columbia Pictures Michael Mann, Jon Peters and James Lassiter
Baby Boy Columbia Pictures John Singleton
The Brothers Screen Gems Doug McHenry and Paddy Cullen
From Hell 20th Century Fox Don Murphy, Amy Robinson and Jane Hamsher
Antwone Fisher Fox Searchlight Pictures Denzel Washington, Randa Haines and Todd Black [4]
25th Hour Touchstone Pictures John Kilik, Spike Lee and Julia Chasman
Barbershop Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer George Tillman Jr., Mark Brown and Robert Teitel
Drumline 20th Century Fox Timothy M. Bourne, Wendy Finerman and Jody Gerson
Standing in the Shadows of Motown Artisan Entertainment Paul Justman and Alan Slutsky
Out of Time Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Neal H. Moritz, Damien Saccani and Jesse Beaton [5]
The Fighting Temptations Paramount Pictures Loretha C. Jones, Benny Medina and Jeff Pollack
The Italian Job Paramount Pictures Donald De Line
S.W.A.T. Columbia Pictures Neal H. Moritz, Chris Lee and Dan Halsted
Tupac: Resurrection Paramount Pictures Preston Holmes, Karoyln Ali and Lauren Lazin
2005 Drama
Ray Universal Pictures Howard Baldwin, Taylor Hackford and Bob Yari [6]
BAADASSSSS! Sony Pictures Classics Mario Van Peebles
I, Robot 20th Century Fox Topher Dow, Laurence Mark and Wyck Godfrey
Comedy / Musical
Lightning in a Bottle Sony Pictures Alex Gibney, Margaret Bodde and Jack Gulick
Barbershop 2: Back in Business Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer George Tillman Jr., Robert Teitel and Alex Gartner
Fade to Black Paramount Vantage Bob Ezrin, Rich Kleiman and Justin Wilkes
Crash Lionsgate Paul Haggis, Cathy Schulman and Bob Yari [7]
Coach Carter Touchstone Pictures David Gale, Brian Robbins and Michael Tollin
Four Brothers Columbia Pictures Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Hitch Columbia Pictures James Lassiter, Will Smith and Teddy Zee
Hustle & Flow Paramount Classics John Singleton and Stephanie Allain
Dreamgirls DreamWorks Laurence Mark [8]
Akeelah and the Bee Warner Bros. Sid Ganis, Laurence Fishburne and Michael Romersa
Inside Man Universal Pictures Brian Grazer and Jonathan Filley
The Pursuit of Happyness Columbia Pictures James Lassiter, Todd Black and Steve Tisch
Something New Focus Features Stephanie Allain
Cadillac Records TriStar Pictures Andrew Lack and Sofia Sondervan [9]
Miracle at St. Anna Touchstone Pictures Spike Lee, Luigi Musini and Roberto Cicutto
The Secret Life of Bees Fox Searchlight Pictures James Lassiter, Will Smith and Lauren Shuler Donner
Seven Pounds Columbia Pictures James Lassiter, Will Smith and Steve Tisch
Traitor Overture Films Don Cheadle, David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman


Year Film Distributor Producer(s) Ref
Precious Lionsgate Lee Daniels, Gary Magness and Sarah Siegel-Magness [10]
American Violet Samuel Goldwyn Films Bill Haney
The Blind Side Warner Bros. Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove and Gil Netter
Invictus Warner Bros. Clint Eastwood, Mace Neufeld and Robert Lorenz
The Princess and the Frog Walt Disney Pictures Peter Del Vecho
Night Catches Us Magnolia Pictures Jason Orans, Ron Simons and Sean Costello [11]
The Book of Eli Warner Bros. Pictures Denzel Washington, Joel Silver and Andrew Kosove
Brooklyn's Finest Overture Films John Thompson, John Langley and Elle Cohn
For Colored Girls Lionsgate Tyler Perry, Roger M. Bobb and Paul Hall
Just Wright Fox Searchlight Pictures Debra Martin Chase, Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere
The Help DreamWorks Chris Columbus, Brunson Green and Michael Baranthan [12]
Attack the Block Screen Gems Nira Park and James Wilson
Jumping the Broom TriStar Pictures Elizabeth Hunter, Tracy Edmonds and T.D. Jakes
Pariah Focus Features Nekisha Cooper
Shame Fox Searchlight Pictures Emile Sherman and Iain Canning
Beasts of the Southern Wild Fox Searchlight Pictures Josh Penn, Dan Javey and Michael Gottwald [13][14]
Django Unchained The Weinstein Company Reginald Hudlin, Stacey Shear and Pilar Savone
Flight Paramount Pictures Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey and Laurie MacDonald
The Intouchables The Weinstein Company Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun
Middle of Nowhere AAFRM Paul Garnes, Ava DuVernay and Howard Barish
12 Years a Slave Fox Searchlight Pictures Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner [15][16]
42 Warner Bros. Pictures Thomas Tull
The Butler The Weinstein Company Pamela Oas Williams, Laura Ziskin and Lee Daniels
Fruitvale Station The Weinstein Company Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 20th Century Fox David M. Thompson and Anant Singh
Selma Paramount Pictures Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey and Dede Gardner [17]
Belle Fox Searchlight Pictures Damian Jones
Beyond the Lights Relativity Media Stephanie Allain, Reggie Rock Bythewood and Ryan Kavanaugh
Dear White People Lionsgate Effie Brown, Ann Le and Julia Lebedev
Top Five Paramount Pictures Scott Rudin and Eli Bush
Creed Warner Bros. Pictures Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff and Charles Winkler [18]
Beasts of No Nation Bleecker Street Amy Kaufman, Cary Joji Fukunaga and Daniela Taplin Lundberg
Chi-Raq Roadside Attractions Spike Lee
Concussion Columbia Pictures Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio and David Woltroff
Straight Outta Compton Universal Pictures Ice Cube, Tomica Woods-Wright and Matt Alvarez
Moonlight A24 Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Adele Romanski [19]
13th Netflix Spencer Averick, Howard Barish and Ava DuVernay
Fences Paramount Pictures Todd Black, Scott Rudin and Denzel Washington
Loving Focus Features Nancy Buirski, Ged Doherty, Colin Firth, Sarah Green, Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub
Manchester by the Sea Roadside Attractions Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward and Kevin J. Walsh
Get Out Universal Pictures Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Jordan Peele [20][21]
Detroit Annapurna Pictures Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Matthew Budman, Megan Ellison and Colin Wilson
Girls Trip Universal Pictures Malcolm D. Lee and Will Packer
Marshall Open Road Films Reginald Hudlin, Jonathan Sanger and Paula Wagner
Mudbound Netflix Carl Effenson, Sally Jo Effenson, Cassian Elwes, Charles King, Christopher Lemole, Kim Roth and Tim Zajaros