Get Out “Sinks” the Competition at The Black Reel Awards

Peele’s story dominates the awards coming one win shy of tying the record most wins in a year!

(Washington, DC, February 22, 2018) The satirical tale of one man’s encounter to meet his girlfriend’s family captured the imagination of filmgoers having the identical effect on voters as Jordan Peele’s horror film, Get Out, towered over the competition garnering seven awards, including Outstanding Picture at the 18th Annual Black Reel Awards tonight. 

One of the most debated and discussed films from last year, Get Out was the evening’s big winner taking home dual awards for Daniel Kaluuya (Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male) and four awards for writer/director Peele (Outstanding Director, Outstanding Screenplay, Original or Adapted, Outstanding Emerging Filmmaker, and this year’s Entertainer of the Year, The Vanguard) . Composer Michael Abels also was recognized for Outstanding Score, as well.

Dee Rees’ adaptation of Hilary Jordan’s popular novel, Mudbound, took home three awards, including Outstanding Supporting Actor for Jason Mitchell, Outstanding Original Song, Mighty River, for nine-time Grammy Award winner, Mary J. Blige, and the talented cast was recognized with an Outstanding Ensemble win. Rising star Tiffany Haddish also won dual honors this year, winning both Outstanding Supporting Actress and Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female for the summer’s breakout comedy, Girls Trip.

Also, several legendary filmmakers and artists were honored with Special Achievement Awards including the inaugural Sidney Poitier Life Achievement Award for Excellence in Acting, which went to Cicely Tyson; the inaugural Ruby Dee Life Achievement for Humanitarian Work to Oprah Winfrey; and the inaugural Oscar Micheaux Life Achievement for Excellence in Directing to 30-time Black Reel Award nominee and five-time winner, Spike Lee. The third recipient of the Vanguard Award for Entertainment of the Year (Jamie Foxx and Terrence Howard, were previous recipients) was awarded to Peele for his culture-changing discussion that was initiated for Get Out.

Other winners including the Sundance Film Fest favorite, Crown Heights, which secured two awards, Outstanding Actress (Natalie Paul) and Outstanding Independent Film for director Matt Ruskin. Documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson also won Outstanding Independent Documentary for the film, Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities. Congratulations to Amanda Lipitiz for winning Outstanding Documentary for another Sundance Film Fest award-winner, Step. International honors went to two films, one from South Africa, Outstanding World Cinema winner, The Wound and Amma Asante’s historical drama, A United Kingdom.

The first Black Reel Award that solely focused on African-American motion picture achievement after combining both television and film for the organization’s first 17 years. The 2nd Annual Black Reel Awards for Television nominees will be announced later this summer.

The Black Reel Awards were voted by a panel of 100 film critics and executives, television professionals, and music industry executives. Voting took place between December 7 – 21, 2017.

Check out the entire list of winners, below:


Outstanding Actor
Daniel Kaluuya | Get Out

Outstanding Actress
Natalie Paul | Crown Heights

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Jason Mitchell | Mudbound

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Tiffany Haddish | Girls Trip

Outstanding Director
Jordan Peele | Get Out

Outstanding Screenplay
Jordan Peele | Get Out

Outstanding Film
Get Out
Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm, Jr. & Jordan Peele

Outstanding Documentary
Step | Amanda Lipitz

Outstanding Ensemble
Mudboumd | Billy Hopkins & Ashley Ingram

Outstanding Foreign-Language Film
The Wound | John Trengove (South Africa)

Outstanding Score
Michael Abels | Get Out

Outstanding Original Song
“Mighty River” | Mary J. Blige (Mudbound)

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male
Daniel Kaluuyan | Get Out

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female
Tiffany Haddish | Girls Trip

Outstanding Voice Performance
Vin Diesel | Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2



Outstanding Independent Film
Crown Heights | Matt Ruskin

Outstanding World Cinema Film
A United Kingdom | Amma Asante (United Kingdom)

Outstanding Independent Documentary
Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities | Stanley Nelson

Outstanding Independent Short
Oscar Micheaux | JD Walker

Outstanding Emerging Filmmaker
Get Out | Jordan Peele

Outstanding First Screenplay
Novitiate | Margaret Betts



Sidney Poitier Life Achievement Award (Excellence in Acting)
Cicely Tyson

Oscar Micheaux Life Achievement Award (Excellence in Directing)
Spike Lee

Ruby Dee Life Achievement Award (Excellence in Humanitarian)
Oprah Winfrey

Vanguard Award (Entertainer of the Year)
Jordan Peele

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