Wakanda Forever’ Lead With 14 Nominations

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The Black Reel Awards has announced its nominations to their 23rd Annual Ceremony.

Gina Prince-Bythewood’s The Woman King, about the warrior women of the country of Dahomey, and Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverThere are 14 nominations for the movie “The Hero from Wakanda”, which features a superhero and a tribute to Chadwick Boseman.

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Two other films joined the ranks of double-digit nominations: MGM’s Till and A24’s The Inspection.

A24, an independent studio received 11 nominations across all categories. Amazon Studios received three nominations for Outstanding Independent Film, a record. Master, Nanny and Emergency. The perennial powerhouse of Disney Studios was nominated for the most nominations among studios with 15.

Viola Davis was nominated for the Outstanding Actress Award for her role in In The Woman KingThis made her the most famous Actress in Black Reel Award Bolts history. Elegance Bratton, the director of Black Reel Award (Bolts) history, received four Bolt nominations. Prince-Bythewood wins her fourth Outstanding Director nomination and is now the most well-known Black Reel Award woman director. Two of her earlier films are here. The Secret Life of Bees And Love and basketball These wins were achieved.

Grammy and fashion icon Rihanna scored two Bolt nominations in the Outstanding Original Song category for “Born Again” and “Lift Me Up”—both from the Wakanda Forever soundtrack. For the first-ever time, all nominees for Outstanding Original Song were performed or at least partially written by women.

Michael K. Williams was nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor for Breaking. Gloria Foster and Chadwick Boseman were the other two recipients of posthumous acting nominations at the Black Reel Awards.

Black Reel Awards ceremony presented in partnership by idobi radio, February 6, 2023

STUNNING FILM

Wakanda Forever: Black Panther Keith Beauchamp, Barbara Broccoli, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Reilly & Thomas Levin, producers | Kevin Feige & Nate Moore, producers
Devotion | Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Thad Luckinbill & Trent Luckinbill, producers
Nope | Jordan Peele & Ian Cooper, producers
Till | Keith Beauchamp, Barbara Broccoli, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Reilly & Thomas Levin, producers
The Woman King | Maria Bello, Viola Davis, Cathy Schulman & Julius Tennon, producers

Outstanding Actor

John Boyega | Breaking
Sterling K. Brown| Jesus, please humbly. Save Your Soul
Daniel Kaluuya | Nope
Jonathan Majors| Devotion
Jeremy Pope | The Inspection

AWESOME ACTRESS

Viola Davis| The Woman King
Danielle Deadwyler | Till
Anna Diop | Nanny
Regina Hall| Jesus is the one to whom you should humbly pray. Save Your Soul
| Wakanda Forever: Black Panther

OUTSTANDING Director
| The Inspection
Gina Prince Bythewood| The Woman King
Chinonye Chukwu | Till
Ryan Coogler | Wakanda Forever: Black Panther
Jordan Peele | Nope

Outstanding Supporting Advisor
Brian Tyree Henry| Causeway
Micheal Ward | Empire of Light
Michael K. Williams | Breaking
| The Inspection
Jeffrey Wright| The Batman

A WORLD-CLASS SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Angela Bassett | Wakanda Forever: Black Panther
Thuso Mbedu | The Woman King
Janelle Monae | Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Keke Palmer| Nope
Gabrielle Union | The Inspection

AWESOME SCREENPLAY

Wakanda Forever: Black Panther Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, writers | Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole, writers
The Inspection Elegance Bratton is a writer | Elegance Bratton, writer
NannyNikyatu Jusu is a writer | Nikyatu Jusu, writer
NopeJordan Peele, writer Michael Reilly and Keith Beaucham, writers | Jordan Peele, writer
Till | Michael Reilly, Keith Beaucham & Chinonye Chukwu, writers

A OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE

Wakanda Forever: Black Panther | Sarah Finn, casting director
Jesus, please humbly. Save Your SoulShannon Reis, casting director | Shannon Reis, casting director
The Inspection | Kim Coleman, casting director
Till | Kim Coleman, casting director
The Woman King | Aisha Coley, casting director

EXCEPTIONAL INTERNATIONAL FILMS

Neptune Frost (Rwanda) | Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman, directors
Our Father, The Devil Alice Diop director| Ellie Foumbi, director
Saint Omer (France) | Alice Diop, director

A OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

AftershockTonya Lewis Lee, director. Paula Eiselt. | Tonya Lewis Lee & Paula Eiselt, directors
Descendant | Margaret Brown, director
Is that Black Enough? Reginald Hudlin, director | Elvis Mitchell, director
Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues | Sacha Jenkins, director
Sidney | Reginald Hudlin, director

A PERFECT VOICE PERFORMANCE

Zazie Beetz | The Bad Guys
Idris Elba| Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Keke Palmer| Lightyear
Zoe Saldana | The Way of Water Avatar
Gabrielle Union | Strange World

A OUTSTANDING SCORECommon, composer
Alice | Common, composer
End of Road | Craig DeLeon, composer
Nanny | Tanerélle & Bartek Gliniak, composers
Nope | Michael Abels, composer
The Woman KingTerence Blanchard is a composer | Terence Blanchard, composer

STUNNING ORIGINAL SONGS
“Born Again” (Wakanda Forever: Black Panther) Rihanna, performer; Rihanna, The-Dream, Ludwig Goransson & James Fauntleroy, writers

“Keep Rising” (The Woman King) Jessy Wilson & Angelique Kidjo, performers; Jessy Wilson, Angelique Kidjo & Jeremy Lutito, writers

“Lift Me Up” (Wakanda Forever: Black Panther) Rihanna, performer; Rihanna, Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Goransson & Tems, writers

“Paper Airplanes” (A Jazzman’s Blues) Ruth B., performers; Ruth B. & Terence Blanchard, writers

“Stand Up” (Till) Jazmine Sullivan, performer; Jazmine Sullivan, D’Mile, writers

A UNIQUE SOUNDTRACK

Wakanda Forever: Black Panther
A Jazzman’s Blues
Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story
Till
The Woman King

STANDING INDEPENDENT FILMS

EmergenciesCarey Williams, director | Carey Williams, director
Jesus is the one to whom you should humbly pray. Save Your Soul | Adamma Ebo, director
The Inspection Elegance Bratton, director | Elegance Bratton, director
Master | Mariama Diallo, director
Nanny | Nikyatu Jusu, director

A VERY OUTSTANDING SHORT FILM

Angola Do You Hear Us? Voices from a Plantation Prison Cinque Northern director | Cinque Northern, director
Elegy: My two months in Harlem Christine Swanson, director | Andre Lambertson, director
Fannie | Christine Swanson, director
New Moon | Jeremie Balais, Raúl Domingo & Jeffig Lebars, directors
North Star | P.J. Palmer, director

OUTSTANDING EMERGING DOROR

| The Inspection
Adamma Ebo | Jesus, please, Honk. Save Your Soul
Nikyatu Jusu | Nanny
| Is that Black Enough?
Carey Williams| Emergencies

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS

Sheila Atim | The Woman King
Charmaine Bingwa | Emancipation
Anna Diop | Nanny
Thuso Mbedu | The Woman King
Dominque Thorne | Wakanda Forever: Black Panther

EXCEPTIONAL FIRST SCREENPLAY
Jesus, please acknowledge. Save Your Soul | Adamma Ebo, writer
The Inspection Elegance Bratton is a writer | Elegance Bratton, writer
MasterMariama Diallo is a writer | Mariama Diallo, writer
NannyNikyatu Jusu is a writer | Nikyatu Jusu, writer
On The Come Up | Kay Oyegun, writer

CINEMATOGRAPHY OF STUNNING VALUE

Wakanda Forever: Black PantherCinematographer Autumn Durald Arkapaw | Autumn Durald Arkapaw, cinematographer
Emancipation | Robert Richardson, cinematographer
NopeBobby Bukowsk is a cinematographer | Hoyte Van Hoytema, cinematographer
Till | Bobby Bukowsk, cinematographer
The Woman King | Polly Morgan, cinematographer

A UNIQUE COSTUME DESIGN

Wakanda Forever: Black Panther | Ruth E. Carter, costume designer
Jesus, please, Honk. Save Your Soul | Lorraine Coppin, costume designer
Nanny | Charlese Antoinette Jones, costume designer
Till | Marci Rodgers, costume designer
The Woman King | Gersha Phillips, costume designer

EXCEPTIONAL EDITING

Wakanda Forever: Black Panther | Michael P. Shawver, Kelley Dixon & Jennifer Lame, editors
Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody | Daysha Broadway, editor
Louis Armstrong’s Black & Blues | Jason Pollard & Alma Herrera Pazmino, editors
Thirteen Lives James D. Wilcox, editor | James D. Wilcox, editor
The Woman King | Terilyn A. Shropshire, editor

STUNNING PRODUCTION DESIGN

Wakanda Forever: Black Panther | Hannah Beachler, production designer
Devotion | Wynn Thomas, production designer
Nope | Ruth De Jong, production designer
Till | Curt Beech, production designer
The Woman King | Akin McKenzie, production designer

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