Black Panther “Roars!”

Ryan Coogler’s comic cultural touchstone paces the field with 17 nominations
If Beale Street Could Talk and BlackkKlansman also secured double-digit noms

The largest grossing domestic film of the year, Marvel’s Black Panther continued it’s historic run as it shattered the record for most nominations in a single year. Director Ryan Coogler’s cultural touchstone secured 17 nominations to top Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls’ previous record of 14.

Coogler’s film proved to be as enticing for voters as it was for throngs of filmgoers garnering nominations across the board for its talented ensemble cast, including nods for Outstanding Picture, Outstanding Director (Coogler), and Outstanding Screenplay (Coogler and Robert Joe Cole). Various cast members also received nominations including Chadwick Boseman (Outstanding Actor), Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Leticia Wright (Outstanding Supporting Actress) and Michael B. Jordan (Outstanding Supporting Actor). Also, veteran Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter received her first Black Reel Awards nomination for creating the fashions and look of Wakanda.

While “Panther” flexed its muscles among voters, it was just one of three films to receive double-digit nominations. Director Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of celebrated author James Baldwin’s novel received 14 nominations which also include nods for both Stephan James and newcomer Kiki Layne (Oustanding Actor and Outstanding Actress), Regina King and Brian Tyree Henry (Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actor). The film also received nods for Outstanding Director (Jenkins), Outstanding Screenplay, Outstanding Ensemble as well.

The most-nominated person in Black Reel Awards history, Spike Lee is back in the race with his drama, BlackkKlansman which received 11 nominations. Lee’s story spotlighting an African-American detective who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan received nods for Outstanding Picture, Outstanding Director for Lee, Outstanding Actor (John David Washington), Outstanding Screenplay, Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Score.

“This year has been a revelation as so many talented auteurs and performers have simultaneously emerged expanding the path of many who have come before,” said Black Reel Awards founder Tim Gordon. “It is our hope that the amazing work created by these talented filmmakers and performers serve as both inspiration and imagination for future generations who aspire for excellence.”

Other highlights include both Widows and Sorry to Bother You each receiving seven nominations. In addition to both films rounding out the Outstanding Picture category, their respective directors Steve McQueen and Boots Riley were also nominated for Outstanding Director. Green Book’s Mahershala Ali continues his hot streak receiving another nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor.

The 19th Annual Black Reel Awards winners will be announced on Thursday, February 7, 2019.

 

19th Annual Black Reel Awards Nominees

Outstanding Motion Picture
Black Panther
BlacKkkKlansman
Green Book
If Beale Street Could Talk
Widows

Outstanding Actor
Chadwick Boseman | Black Panther
Stephan James | If Beale Street Could Talk
Michael B. Jordan | Creed II
LaKeith Stanfield | Sorry to Bother You
John David Washington | BlacKkKlansman

Outstanding Actress
Viola Davis | Widows
Regina Hall | Support the Girls
Kiki Layne | If Beale Street Could Talk
Zoe Renee | Jinn
Amandla Stenberg | The Hate You Give

Outstanding Director
Ryan Coogler | Black Panther
Barry Jenkins | If Beale Street Could Talk
Spike Lee | BlacKkKlansman
Steve McQueen | Widows
Boots Riley | Sorry to Bother You

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali | Green Book
Brian Tyree Henry | If Beale Street Could Talk
Russell Hornsby | The Hate U Give
Michael B. Jordan | Black Panther
Daniel Kaluuya | Widows

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Danai Gurira | Black Panther
Regina King | If Beale Street Could Talk
Simone Missick | Jinn
Lupita Nyong’o | Black Panther
Letitia Wright | Black Panther

Outstanding Screenplay
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
If Beale Street Could Talk
Sorry to Bother You
Widows

Outstanding Ensemble
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
If Beale Street Could Talk
Sorry to Bother You
Widows

Outstanding Documentary
Amazing Grace
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
Minding the Gap
Quincy
Whitney

Outstanding Foreign Language/ World Cinema Motion Picture
Green Days by the River (Trinidad & Tobago)
Lionheart (Nigeria)
Rafiki (Kenya)
Vaya (South Africa)
Where Hands Touch (UK)

Outstanding Voice Performance
Mahershala Ali | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Taraji P. Henson | Ralph Breaks the Internet
Brian Tyree Henry | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Samuel L. Jackson | The Incredibles 2
Shamiek Moore | Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Outstanding Score
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Creed II
The Hate U Give
If Beale Street Could Talk

Outstanding Original Song
“All the Stars” (Black Panther) | Kendrick Lamar & SZA
“I’ll Fight” (RBG) | Jennifer Hudson
“Love Lies” (Love, Simon) | Khalid & Normani
“Pray For Me” (Black Panther) | The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar
“We Won’t Move” (The Hate U Give) | Arlissa

Outstanding Independent Feature
A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.
Jinn
Monsters and Men
Roxanne Roxanne
Yardie

Outstanding Independent Documentary
Basquiat: Rage to Riches
Lorainne Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/ Feeling
Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

Outstanding Short
Funk Force | Desmond Levi Jackson
Hair Wolf | Mariama Diallo
Jump | Kofi Siriboe, director
The Tale of Four | Gabourey Sidibe, director
WTFIMH: What the F*ck Is Mental Health | Kofi Siriboe, director

Outstanding Emerging Director
Idris Elba | Yardie
Reinald Marcus Green | Monsters and Men
Rashida Jones | Quincy
Nijla Mu’min | Jinn
Boots Riley | Sorry to Bother You

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male
Daveed Diggs | Blindspotting
Winston Duke | Black Panther
Donald Glover | Solo: A Star Wars Story
Brian Tyree Henry | If Beale Street Could Talk
John David Washington | BlacKkKlansman

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female
Cynthia Erivo | Bad Times at the El Royale
Laura Harrier | BlacKkKlansman
Kiki Layne | If Beale Street Could Talk
Zoe Renee | Jinn
Letitia Wright | Black Panther

Outstanding First Screenplay
Blindspotting
Jinn
Monsters and Men
Roxanne Roxanne
Sorry to Bother You

Outstanding Cinematography
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
If Beale Street Could Talk
Widows
A Wrinkle In Time

Outstanding Costume Design
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
If Beale Street Could Talk
Sorry to Bother You
A Wrinkle In Time

Outstanding Production Design
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Green Book
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Wrinkle In Time

Nomination Tally

Black Panther | 17 nominations
If Beale Street Could Talk | 14 Nominations
BlacKkKlansman | 11 Nominations
Sorry to Bother You | 7 Nominations
Widows | 7 Nominations
Jinn | 5 Nominations
The Hate U Give | 4 Nominations
Green Book | 3 Nominations
Monsters and Men | 3 Nominations
A Wrinkle In Time | 3 Nominations
Blindspotting | 2 Nominations
Creed II | 2 Nominations
Quincy | 2 Nominations
Roxanne Roxanne | 2 Nominations
Yardie | 2 Nominations

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