Nominations Announced for 22nd Black Reel Awards

The 22nd annual Black Reel Awards announced its nominees on Thursday.

The action-packed Netflix western “The Harder They Fall” leads with a record 20 nominations, including Outstanding Film, Director (Jeymes Samuel), Actor (Jonathan Majors) and Actress (Zazie Beetz), breaking the record of 17 held by “Black Panther.”

“What a truly transformative year for Black Cinema,” founder Tim Gordon said. “It is a pleasure to witness the continuing evolution and growth of Black Film over our two decades in celebration of these accomplishments. As our growth continues, The Black Reels have exciting news coming soon and we can’t wait to see how it will add to the texture of this rich cinematic fabric.”

Another Netflix film earned the second most nods as the masterful “Passing” received 13 nominations, including Outstanding Film, Director (Rebecca Hall), Actress (Tessa Thompson) and Supporting Actress (Ruth Negga), who plays a Black woman passing as white in the 1920s.

“Zola” received a total of nine nominations, the most for any independent film.

The awards were first presented in 2000 in D.C.

This year’s winners will be announced on Feb. 27, 2022.

22nd Annual Nominees

Outstanding Motion Picture 

The Harder They Fall
Lawrence Bender, Shawn Carter, James Lassiter & Jeymes Samuel, producers 

King Richard
Will Smith, Tim White & Trevor White, producers 

Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Rebecca Hall & Margot Hand, producers 

The Tragedy of Macbeth
Joel Coen, Robert Graf & Frances McDormand, producers 

West Side Story
Steven Spielberg, Kristie Macosko Krieger & Kevin McCollum, producers

Outstanding Director  

Halle Berry | Bruised 
Nia DaCosta | Candyman
Reinaldo Marcus Green | King Richard
Rebecca Hall | Passing 
Jeymes Samuel | The Harder They Fall

Outstanding Actor 

Mahershala Ali | Swan Song
Winston Duke | Nine Days
Jonathan Majors | The Harder They Fall
Will Smith | King Richard
Denzel Washington | The Tragedy of Macbeth 

Outstanding Actress 

Zazie Beetz | The Harder They Fall
Halle Berry | Bruised 
Jennifer Hudson | Respect 
Taylour Paige | Zola 
Tessa Thompson | Passing 

Outstanding Supporting Actor  

Colman Domingo | Zola 
Idris Elba | The Harder They Fall
Andre Holland | Passing 
LaKeith Stanfield | The Harder They Fall
Jeffrey Wright | The French Dispatch 

Outstanding Supporting Actress  

Ariana DeBose | West Side Story
Aunjanue Ellis | King Richard
Regina King | The Harder They Fall
Rita Moreno | West Side Story 
Ruth Negga | Passing 

Outstanding Screenplay 

Nia DaCosta, Jordan Peele & Win Rosenfeld

The Harder They Fall
Jeymes Samuel & Boaz Yakin

In the Heights
Quiara Alegria Hudes 

Rebecca Hall 

Janicza Bravo & Jeremy O. Harris 

Outstanding Documentary 

Jamila Wignot, director 

Citizen Ashe
Rex Miller & Sam Pollard, directors 

My Name is Pauli Murray
Julie Cohen & Betsy West, directors 

Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It
Mariem Pérez Riera, director 

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, director 

Outstanding Foreign-Language Film

African America (South Africa)
Muzi Mthembu, director 

Bitter Sugar (Tunisia)
Malik Isasis, director 

Faya Dayi (Ethiopia)
Jessica Beshir, director 

Outstanding Ensemble 

The Harder They Fall
Victoria Thomas, casting director 

In the Heights
Tiffany Little Canfield & Bernard Telsey, casting directors 

King Richard
Rich Delia & Avy Kaufman, casting directors 

Kim Ostroy & Laura Rosenthal, casting directors 

Kim Coleman, casting director 

Outstanding Voice Performance 

Eric Andre | The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Marsai Martin | Spirit Untamed
Maya Rudolph | Luca 
Maya Rudolph | The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Zoe Saldana | Vivo 

Outstanding Score 

Robert Aiki Aubrey, composer 

The Harder They Fall
Jeymes Samuel, composer

In the Heights
Alex Lacamoire, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Bill Sherman, composers 

Devonte Hynes, composer 

Kris Bowers, composer 

Outstanding Original Song 

“Automatic Woman” (Bruised)
H.E.R., performer; Van Hunt, H.E.R. & Brittany Hazzard, writers  

“Be Alive” (King Richard)
Beyonce, performer; Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & DIXSON, writers

“Guns Go Bang” (The Harder They Fall)
Jay-Z & Kid Cudi, performers; Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Kid Cudi & Jeymes Samuel, writers 

“The Harder They Fall” (The Harder They Fall)
Koffee, performer; Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter & Jeymes Samuel, writers 

“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” (Respect)
Jennifer Hudson, performer; Carole King, Jennifer Hudson & Jamie Hartman, writers 

Outstanding Independent Film

Concrete Cowboy
Ricky Staub, director 

Nine Days
Edson Oda, director 

Test Pattern
Shatara Michelle Ford, director 

The Water Man
David Oyelowo, director 

Janicza Bravo, director 

Outstanding Short Film

54 Years Late
Michele Wise Wright, director 

Jordan Pitt, director 

The Door of Return
Kokutekeleza Musebeni & Anna Zhukovets, directors 

Jehnovah Carlisle, director 

The Snakes
Michelle Beck, director 

Outstanding Independent Documentary

100 Years from Mississippi
Tarabu Betserai Kirkland, director 

Big Chief, Black Hawk
Jonathan Isaac Jackson, director 

I Still Breathe
Alfred George Bailey, director 

Little Satchmo
John Alexander, director 

Unzipped: An Autopsy of American Inequality
Colin K. Gray, director 

Outstanding Emerging Director  

Halle Berry | Bruised 
Janicza Bravo | Zola
Rebecca Hall | Passing 
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson | Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Jeymes Samuel | The Harder They Fall 

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male 

Deon Cole | The Harder They Fall
Edi Gathegi | The Harder They Fall
Joshua Henry | tick, tick…Boom!
Caleb McLaughlin | Concrete Cowboy
Anthony Ramos | In the Heights 

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female 

Danielle Deadwyler | The Harder They Fall
Ariana DeBose | West Side Story
Taylour Paige | Zola 
Saniyya Sidney | King Richard
Demi Singleton | King Richard 

Outstanding First Screenplay 

In The Heights
Quiara Alegria Hudes 

Rebecca Hall

Janicza Bravo & Jeremy O. Harris 


The Harder They Fall
Mihai Malaimare Jr., cinematographer 

In the Heights
Myron Kerstein, cinematographer 

Edu Grau, cinematographer 

The Tragedy of Macbeth
Bruno Delbonnel, cinematographer 

West Side Story 
Janusz Kaminski, cinematographer 

Outstanding Costume Design 

Coming 2 America
Ruth E. Carter, costume designer 

The Harder They Fall
Antoinette Messam, costume designer 

Marci Rodgers, costume designer 

The Tragedy of Macbeth
Mary Zophres, costume designer 

West Side Story
Paul Tazewell, costume designer 

Outstanding Editing 

Jacob Craycroft & Terilyn A. Shropshire, editors 

The Harder They Fall
Tom Eagles, editor 

King Richard
Pamela Martin, editor 

Avril Beukes, editor 

Joi McMillion, editor 

Outstanding Production Design

The Harder They Fall
Martin Whist, production designer 

In the Heights
Nelson Coates, production designer 

Nora Mendis, production designer 

The Tragedy of Macbeth
Stefan Dechant, production designer 

West Side Story
Adam Stockhausen, production designer 

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SOURCE: WTOP, Jason Fraley

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