Black Reel Award for Outstanding Screenplay, Adapted or Original

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Black Reel Award for Outstanding Screenplay
Awarded forOutstanding Screenplay
CountryUnited States
Presented byBlack Reel Awards (BRAs)
First awardedBlack Reel Awards of 2000
Most recent winnerRebecca Hall
Passing (Black Reel Awards of 2022)

This article lists the winners and nominees for the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Screenplay, Adapted or Original. Geoffrey Fletcher and John Ridley are the only Black Reel Award Screenwriting winners to win Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.


Year Writer Film Ref
Malcolm D. Lee The Best Man [1]
Todd Boyd and Rick Famuyiwa The Wood
Spike Lee Summer of Sam
Gregory Allen Howard Remember the Titans [2]
Kwyn Bader Loving Jezebel
Scott Marshall Smith Men of Honor
Spike Lee Bamboozled
Gina Prince-Bythewood Love & Basketball
Gregory Allen Howard Ali [3]
Mark Brown Two Can Play That Game
Peter Gaulke and Darryl Quarles Black Knight
Gary Hardwick The Brothers
John Singleton Baby Boy
Antwone Fisher Antwone Fisher [4]
Mark Brown and Don D. Scott Barbershop
Michael Elliot Brown Sugar
Michael Elliott and Jordan Moffet Like Mike
John Ridley Undercover Brother
B.E. Brauner, Gary Hardwick and James Iver Mattson Deliver Us from Eva [5]
Elizabeth Hunter and Saladin K. Patterson The Fighting Temptations
Ali LeRoi and Chris Rock Head of State
Mario Van Peebles BAADASSSSS! [6]
Michael Genet and Spike Lee She Hate Me
Shonda Rimes The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Don D. Scott Barbershop 2: Back in Business
James L. White Ray
Norman Vance Jr. Roll Bounce [7]
Rob Hardy The Gospel
Tyler Perry Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Kriss Turner Something New [8]
Bryan Barber Idlewild
Chris Cleveland and Bettina Gilois Glory Road
Tina Gordon Chism ATL
Tyler Perry Madea's Family Reunion
Gina Prince-Bythewood The Secret Life of Bees [9]
Darnell Martin Cadillac Records
James McBride Miracle at St. Anna
Tyler Perry The Family That Preys
Meet the Browns


Year Writer Film Ref
Geoffrey S. Fletcher Precious [10]
Brian Bird Not Easily Broken
Cheo Hodari Coker and Reggie Rock Bythewood Notorious
John Lee Hancock The Blind Side
Bryon Minms, Scott Sanders and Michael Jai White Black Dynamite
Tanya Hamilton Night Catches Us [11]
Peter Allen, Gabriel Casseus, John Luessenhop and Avery Duff Takers
Michael Elliot Just Wright
Michael C. Martin Brooklyn's Finest
Tyler Perry For Colored Girls
Steve McQueen and Abi Morgan Shame [12]
Qasim Basir Mooz-lum
Ava DuVernay I Will Follow
Arelene Gibbs and Elizabeth Hunter Jumping the Broom
Dee Rees Pariah
Ava DuVernay Middle of Nowhere [13]
Mara Brock Akil Sparkle
Rashida Jones and Will McCormack Celeste and Jesse Forever
Spike Lee and James McBride Red Hook Summer
Aaron McGruder and John Ridley Red Tails
John Ridley 12 Years a Slave [14]
Ryan Coogler Fruitvale Station
Malcolm D. Lee The Best Man Holiday
Kasi Lemmons Black Nativity
Michael Starburry The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
Chris Rock Top Five [15]
Gina Prince-Bythewood Beyond the Lights
John Ridley Jimi: All Is by My Side
Misan Sagay Belle
Justin Simien Dear White People
Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington Creed [16]
Rick Famuyiwa Dope
Spike Lee and Kevin Willmott Chi-Raq
Barry Jenkins Moonlight [17]
Don Cheadle and Steven Baigelman Miles Ahead
Nate Parker The Birth of a Nation
Jordan Peele and Alex Rubens Keanu
August Wilson Fences
Jordan Peele Get Out [18][19]
Christine T. Berg and Gerard McMurray Burning Sands
Tracy Oliver and Kenya Barris Girls Trip
Dee Rees and Virgil Williams Mudbound
Maggie Betts Novitiate
Boots Riley Sorry to Bother You [20]
Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole Black Panther
Spike Lee, Kevin Willmott, David Rabinowitz and Charlie Wachtel BlacKkKlansman
Barry Jenkins If Beale Street Could Talk
Steve McQueen & Gillian Flynn Widows


Year Writer Film Ref
Jordan Peele Us [21]
Chinonye Chukwu Clemency
Ladj Ly, Giordano Gederlini and Alexis Manenti Les Miserables
Lena Waithe Queen & Slim
Julius Onah and JC Lee Luce
Radha Blank The Forty-Year-Old Version [22]
Shaka King & Will Berson Judas and the Black Messiah
Ruben Santiago-Hudson Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Kemp Powers One Night in Miami...
Kemp Powers, Pete Docter, & Mike Jones Soul
Rebecca Hall Passing [23]
Jeymes Samuel & Boaz Yakin The Harder They Fall
Quiara Alegria Hudes In the Heights
Janicza Bravo & Jeremy O. Harris Zola
Nia DaCosta, Jordan Peele & Win Rosenfeld Candyman

Multiple nominations and wins[edit]

Multiple wins[edit]

2 Wins

Multiple nominations[edit]


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