Black Reel Awards

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Black Reel Awards
Awarded for Excellence in African-American film
Country United States
Presented by Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF)
First awarded 2000
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The Black Reel Awards began in 2000 and were designed to annually recognize and celebrate the achievements of black people in feature, independent and television films. Awards range from the art of character portrayals to the artistry displayed behind the camera.

The Black Reel Awards were founded by Tim Gordon and Sabrina McNeal in 2000.[1] The FAAAF/Black Reel Awards benefit The Foundation for the Advancement of African Americans in Film (FAAAF), a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide educational opportunities to future minority film executives. Through the FAAAF programs "Reel Kids," and "Producer's Institute," scholarships are awarded to minority junior high, high school and college graduate students pursuing careers in the movie and television industries. In 2015, the foundation changed its name to The Foundation for the Augmentation of African-Americans in Film.[2]


Motion picture categories[edit]

Retired film awards[edit]

  • Best Film Poster
  • Best Original Soundtrack
  • Best Actor (Independent Film)
  • Best Actress (Independent Film)

Television categories[edit]

Retired television awards[edit]

  • Best Original Television Program


Film nominations and wins[edit]

Below are the films and television films with multiple nominations and wins:

Most nominated performers[edit]

This is a list of multiple nominated performers, producers, writers & directors with 5 or more career nominations. Spike Lee holds the record with 24 nominations as a producer, director and writer.

Most Individual Wins[edit]

Here are the individuals with the most wins, as of the 2013 ceremony.

Rank Wins Artist
1 6 wins Denzel Washington
2 4 wins Jamie Foxx
Don Cheadle
Steve McQueen (artist)
Spike Lee
3 3 wins Angela Bassett
Jennifer Hudson
Gina Prince-Bythewood
Kimberly Elise
Anika Noni Rose
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Jeffrey Wright
4 2 wins Viola Davis
Taraji P. Henson
Malcolm D. Lee
Derek Luke
Anthony Mackie
Djimon Hounsou
Forest Whitaker
Reggie Rock Bythewood
Charles S. Dutton
Erykah Badu
Lee Daniels
Sharon Warren
Harvey Mason, Jr.
Damon Thomas
Dev Patel
Gabourey Sidibe
Gregory Allen Howard
Sanna Lathan
Halle Berry
Terrence Howard
Queen Latifah
Dennis Haysbert
John Legend
Quvenzhane Wallis
Ava DuVernay
Alfre Woodard
Naomie Harris
Vondie Curtis-Hall
Lupita Nyong'o
Barkhad Abdi
Octavia Spencer
Samuel L. Jackson

Performers with multiple acting nominations in a Single Year[edit]

Below is a list of performers who earned multiple acting nominations in a single year.


  • Sanaa Lathan- Outstanding Actress, Motion Picture | Love & Basketball & Outstanding Actress TV Movie or Mini-Series | Disappearing Acts
  • Alfre Woodard- Outstanding Actress, Motion Picture | What's Cooking? & Outstanding Actress TV Movie or Mini-Series | Holiday Heart
  • Jordan Walker-Pearlman


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kearney, Ryan (December 15, 2010). "'For Colored Girls' leads D.C.'s Black Reel Awards nominations". TBD Arts. 
  2. ^ "History". Black Reel Awards. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Terrence Howard gets three Black Reel nods". USA Today. January 4, 2006. 

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