December 17, 2014 at 8:51 am #169724
15th Annual Black Reel Awards Nominate a Spate of Familiar Faces
This morning, the Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF) announced its nominees for the 15th Annual Black Reel Awards, selecting Belle, Beyond the Lights, Dear White People, Selma and Top Five as its nominees for Outstanding Motion Picture. All of the nominees for Outstanding Motion Picture also garnered numerous other nominations, with Dear White People and Selma leading with ten nominations apiece — a sweep would break the current record for wins set just last year by 12 Years a Slave, with eight.
Outstanding Actor nods went to Chadwick Boseman for his portrayal of musician James Brown in Get on Up; David Oyelowo for his depiction of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma; comedian Chris Rock for Top Five, about a comedian striving to be taken seriously; Nate Parker as a police officer in love with a superstar singer in Beyond the Lights; and Denzel Washington for his role as a man taking the law into his own hands in The Equalizer.
Rosario Dawson was nominated in the Outstanding Actress category for Top Five; Tessa Thompson for the Ivy League comedy Dear White People; Quvenzhané Wallis for her lead role in the remake of Annie; and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, nominated twice in the same category, for Beyond the Lights and Belle, about a mixed race woman making her way in 18th century England. Mbatha-Raw is the first actress to earn two acting nominations in the same category; Washington is the only actor to achieve this feat.
Outstanding Supporting Actor nominations include David Oyelowo for the 80s period piece, A Most Violent Year; Wendell Pierce for Selma; Michael K. Williams for The Gambler; Nelsan Ellis for Get on Up; and Tyler Perry for Gone Girl. This is Perry’s ninth nomination; he is currently the most nominated performer without a win. Oyelowo joins Washington, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Howard, and Nate Parker as the fifth actor to earn nominations in both Lead and Supporting Actor categories.
Outstanding Supporting Actress nominations went to Carmen Ejogo for Selma; Teyonah Parris (who is also nominated for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female) for Dear White People; Zoe Saldana for the Marvel blockbusterGuardians of the Galaxy; Viola Davis for the relationship drama, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby; and Octavia Spencer for the lauded sci-fi drama, Snowpiercer. Octavia Spencer holds the record for the most consecutive nominations in this category (The Help in 2011, Smashed in 2012, and Frutivale Station in 2013). Saldana becomes the first woman to earn four nominations in a single year; she is also nominated in Voice Performance (The Book of Life), Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie (Rosemary’s Baby), and as producer for Outstanding TV Movie (Rosemary’s Baby).
Outstanding Director nods went to Amma Asante for Belle, Gina Prince-Bythewood for Beyond the Lights, Ava DuVernay for Selma, Chris Rock for Top Five, and Justin Simien for Dear White People. Prince-Bythewood, Rock and Simien are also nominated for Outstanding Screenplay. This marks the first time that three female directors (Gina Prince-Bythewood, Amma Astante and Ava DuVernay) have been nominated in the Best Director category.
The Black Reel Awards also pay tribute to the very best in African American television. The nominees for Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series went to A Day Late and a Dollar Short (eight nominations in all), Gun Hill (five nominations in all), Seasons of Love, The Trip to Bountiful (each with four nominations), and Rosemary’s Baby (two nominations).
Outstanding Actors and Actresses included Charles S. Dutton (Comeback Dad), David Alan Grier (An En Vogue Christmas), Ving Rhames (A Day Late and a Dollar Short), Keith Robinson (Lyfe’s Journey), Larenz Tate (Gun Hill), as well as Whoopi Goldberg (A Day Late and a Dollar Short), Imani Hakim (The Gabby Douglas Story), Letoya Luckett (Seasons of Love), Zoe Saldana (Rosemary’s Baby), and Cicely Tyson (The Trip to Bountiful).
The Black Reel Awards, comprised of more than 60 voters across the country, annually select and spotlight films and performances featuring African-Americans, as well as people of color throughout the African Diaspora. The 15th Annual Black Reel Awards winners will be announced on Thursday, February 22, 2015.
The full nominations for the 2015 Black Reel Awards are as follows: