Meet the Nominees | Outstanding Actor

Meet the Nominees | Outstanding Actor

Previous winners in this category include Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Denzel Washington (Flight), Jamie Foxx (Ray) and David Oyelowo (Selma).

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Abraham Attah | Beasts of No Nation

Black Reel Award History
Including his nomination for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male this is the second nomination for Abraham Attah.

Reel Fact: Attah is the youngest actor to be nominated in this category. The record was previously held by Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid).

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Chiwetel Ejiofor | Z for Zachariah

Black Reel Award History
Including his nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Motion Picture for The Martian this is the tenth nomination for Chiwetel Ejiofor. He was previously nominated for:
12 Years a Slave (2013) — Winner, Outstanding Actor (Motion Picture)
Dancing on the Edge (2013) — Winner, Outstanding Actor (TV Movie)
2012 (2009) — Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor (Motion Picture)
Redbelt (2008) — Nominee, Outstanding Actor (Motion Picture)
Kinky Boots (2006) — Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor (Motion Picture)
Children of Men (2006) — Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor (Motion Picture)
Serenity (2005) — Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor (Motion Picture)
Dirty Pretty Things (2003) — Winner, Outstanding Actor (Motion Picture)

Reel Fact: Ejiofor is one of two actors to win in this category multiple times. Ejiofor previously won in this category for 12 Years a Slave and Dirty Pretty Things.

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Samuel L. Jackson | The Hateful Eight

Black Reel Award History
This is the ninth nomination for Samuel L. Jackson. He was previously nominated for:
Turbo (2014) — Winner, Outstanding Voice Performance
Django Unchained (2013) — Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actor (Motion Picture)
The Sunset Limited (2011) — Nominee, Outstanding Actor (TV Movie)
Mother & Child (2010) — Nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor (Motion Picture)
Coach Carter (2005) — Nominee, Outstanding Actor (Motion Picture)
Changing Lanes (2002) — Nominee, Outstanding Actor (Motion Picture)
The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) — Nominee, Outstanding Actor (Motion Picture)
Shaft (2000) — Nominee, Outstanding Actor (Motion Picture)

Reel Fact: The is Jackson’s second Black Reel Award-nominated performance from a Quentin Tarantino film. Jackson was previously nominated and won the Outstanding Supporting Actor, Motion Picture award for Django Unchained.

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Michael B. Jordan | Creed

Black Reel Award History
This is the second nomination for Michael B. Jordan. He was previously nominated for:
Fruitvale Station (2013) — Nominee, Outstanding Actor (Motion Picture)

Reel Fact: Jordan is the fourth actor to earn an Outstanding Actor performance for portraying a boxer. Denzel Washington in The Hurricane, Will Smith in Ali and Wesley Snipes in Undisputed were previously nominated.

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Will Smith | Concussion

Black Reel Award History
This is the eighth nomination for Will Smith. He was previously nominated for:
Seven Pounds (2008) — Nominee, Outstanding Motion Picture
The Secret Life of Bees (2008) — Nominee, Outstanding Motion Picture
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) — Nominee, Outstanding Motion Picture
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) — Nominee, Outstanding Actor (Motion Picture)
Hitch (2005) — Nominee, Outstanding Motion Picture
Hitch (2005) — Nominee, Outstanding Actor (Motion Picture)
Ali (2001) — Nominee, Outstanding Actor (Motion Picture)

Reel Fact: Smith is tied with Samuel L. Jackson as the most nominated actors to not win in the Outstanding Actor category.

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