“Messiah is King”

Judas and the Black Messiah wins Outstanding Picture

Chadwick Boseman Becomes First Posthumous Winner

One Night in Miami Makes History

(Washington, DC – April 11, 2021) – The rousing story of a duplicitous FBI informer who played a huge role in the assassination of Illinois Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton won top honors at the 21st Annual Black Reel Awards.

In addition to winning Outstanding Picture, Judas and the Black Messiah also won top acting honors for Daniel Kaluuya (Outstanding Supporting Actor) and Dominique Fishback (Outstanding Supporting Actress). With the win, Kaluuya becomes the Black Reel Awards first “Triple Crown” winner, with previous wins for Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Breakthrough Actor in Get Out. In addition, producers Charles King, Ryan Coogler and Shaka King, becomes the first all-African American team to win Outstanding Picture.

In recognition of his passionate turn in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the late Chadwick Boseman was recognized as Outstanding Actor. Boseman’s win gives him the distinction of becoming the first posthumous winner in Black Reel Awards history.

It was also a special evening for One Night in Miami as the film took home five Black Reel Awards, including Outstanding Director for Regina King. She became the third woman to take home the top prize for directing, joining Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball and The Secret Life of Bees) and Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere and Selma). King also won Outstanding Emerging Director and the film also notched wins for Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Breakthrough Actor for Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Outstanding Song for Leslie Odom, Jr. (Speak Now). In the process, One Night in Miami became the first film since The Best Man to secure the most wins without taking home Outstanding Picture.

“What an unprecedented year it was for Black filmmakers and creatives and I’m delighted that this year’s winners reflected the historic nature of Black Cinema,” said Black Reel Awards founder Tim Gordon. “We are honored to have this year’s class of winners join the rich history of those acknowledged in the past as they stand on the shoulders of Black Cinematic giants who paved the way.”

Additional highlights included Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom joining Night Catches Us as the second film to take home both Outstanding Actor and Outstanding Actress for Boseman and Viola Davis. Davis’ second win tied her with Sanaa Lathan for most Outstanding Actress wins. Radha Blank won three awards, including Outstanding Screenplay, Outstanding Independent Film, as well as Outstanding First Screenplay. The Independent win is the first for Netflix in that category.

Among other firsts, Soul became the first animated film to win Outstanding Score. Two other films, Netflix’s Malcolm & Marie, and Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey became the first films to secure wins in the professional categories without receiving an Outstanding Picture nomination.

Black Reel Awards annually recognize the excellence of African Americans, as well as the cinematic achievements of the African diaspora, in the global film industry.

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Digital assets and artwork can be found HERE.

About the Black Reel Awards (BRAs)

The Black Reel Awards, or “BRAs”, is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Foundation for the Augmentation of African Americans in Film (FAAAF) to recognize the excellence of African Americans, as well as the cinematic achievements of the African diaspora, in the global film industry, as assessed by the Foundation’s voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially called the Black Reel Award. The awards, first presented in 2000 in Washington, DC, are overseen by FAAAF.

The awards ceremony was initially awarded online during its first two years before the first live show presentation in 2002. The awards have broadcast on radio since 2014. The Black Reel Awards is the oldest cinema-exclusive awards ceremony for African Americans.

Cordell Martin



Outstanding Actor
Chadwick Boseman | Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Outstanding Actress
Viola Davis | Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Daniel Kaluuya | Judas and the Black Messiah

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Dominique Fishback | Judas and the Black Messiah

Outstanding Director
Regina King | One Night in Miami

Outstanding Screenplay
Radha Blank | The 40-Year-Old Version

Outstanding Film
Judas and the Black Messiah
Charles D. King, Ryan Cooler & Shaka King, Producers

Outstanding Documentary
Time | Garrett Bradley

Outstanding Ensemble
One Night in Miami | Kimberly Hardin

Outstanding Foreign-Language Film
Night of the Kings | Philppe Lacote (Senegal)

Outstanding Score
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Jon Batiste | Soul

Outstanding Original Song
“Speak Now” | Leslie Odom, Jr. (One Night in Miami)

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male
Kingsley Ben-Adir | One Night in Miami

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female
Andra Day | The U.S. vs. Billie Holiday

Outstanding Voice Performance
Jamie Foxx | Soul


Outstanding Independent Film
The 40-Year-Old Version | Radha Blank

Outstanding Independent Documentary
Mr. Soul! | Melissa Haizlip

Outstanding Independent Short
Canvas | Frank E. Abney III

Outstanding Emerging Director
One Night in Miami | Regina King

Outstanding First Screenplay
The 40-Year-Old Version | Radha Blank

Outstanding Cinematography
Malcolm & Marie | Marcell Rev

Outstanding Costume Design
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey | Michael Wilkinson

Outstanding Production Design
Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey | Gavin Bocquet


One Night in Miami..

The 40-Year-Old Version
Judas and the Black Messiah

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Malcolm & Marie
Mr,. Soul!
Night of the Kings
The United States vs. Billie Holiday


WINS BY INDIVIDUAL (*=indicates first Black Reel Award Win)

Radha Blank*

Regina King

Frank Abney III*
Kingsley Ben-Adir*
Sam Ashworth*
Jon Batiste*
Gavin Bocquet*
Chadwick Boseman
Garrett Bradley*
Ryan Coogler
Viola Davis
Andra Day*
Dominque Fishback*
Jamie Foxx*
Daniel Kaluuya
Charles D. King*
Shaka King*
Melissa Haizlip*
Kimberly Hardin
Leslie Odom, Jr..*
Marcell Rev*
Trent Reznor*
Atticus Ross*
Michael Wilkinson*




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