Black Reels Embraces Diverse Group of Films

Posted: December 19, 2012 in Black Reel Awards
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Middle of Nowhere, Beasts of Southern Wild, Django Unchained Flying High

 The Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF) announced its nominees for the 13th Annual Black Reel Awards, Wednesday, catapulting a diverse group of films into the spotlight for Outstanding Motion Picture. The nominees for the top prize are Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Flight, The Intouchables and Middle of Nowhere, which earned a staggering nine nominations overall.

“This is one of the most eclectic groups of films we’ve seen in a very long time,” said Tim Gordon, president of the Black Reel Awards. “It was a really competitive year for Black films and our slate of nominees demonstrates that fact, from a mainstream studio pic in Flight to an edgy Tarantino Blaxploitation Western, to the tiny independent film that could in Beasts of the Southern Wild, the African-American vehicle Middle of Nowhere, and the French The Intouchables. It’s been a long time since a foreign film has cracked this list.”

The acting nominations largely reflected the popularity of the Outstanding Motion Picture category, with a few exceptions. Outstanding Actor nods went to Jamie Foxx for his portrayal of a vengeful slave in Django Unchained; Nate Parker for Red Tails, about the heroics of the all black Tuskegee Airmen; comedian Chris Rock for the romantic comedy 2 Days in New York; Omar Sy for the French comedy drama The Intouchables; and returning favorite Denzel Washington for his role as a pilot wrestling with addiction in Flight. Familiar face Halle Berry was nominated in the Outstanding Actress category for her multi-role portrayals in the mind-bending Cloud Atlas; Emayatzy Corinealdi for the journey of personal discovery, Middle of Nowhere; Viola Davis for the inspirational education drama Won’t Back Down; Rashida Jones for the divorce comedy Celeste and Jesse Forever; and Quvenzhane Wallis for her stunning turn as a young girl trying to take care of herself and her ailing father in the Louisiana bayou, in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Wallis joins Sy in also being nominated for Best Breakthrough Performance.

Outstanding Supporting Actor nominations include Mike Epps for the Jordan Sparks musical, Sparkle; Dwight Henry (Beasts of the Southern Wild); Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained); David Oyelowo (Middle of Nowhere); and Nate Parker for the economic thriller, Arbitrage. Outstanding Supporting Actress nominations went to Naomie Harris for the James Bond action fest, Skyfall; Lorraine Toussaint (Middle of Nowhere); Tamara Tunie (Flight); Kerry Washington (Django Unchained); and  Octavia Spencer for the comedy-drama, Smashed.

Outstanding Director nods went to Salim Akil for Sparkle, Ava DuVernay for Middle of Nowhere, Spike Lee for Red Hook Summer, Peter Ramsey for the animated Rise of the Guardians and Tim Story for Think Like a Man. Spike Lee was also nominated for Bad 25 in the Outstanding Feature Documentary category, which also included The Central Park Five, Marley, Searching for Sugar Man, and Brooklyn Castle, about inner city high school chess competitions.

The Black Reel Awards also pays tribute to the very best in African American television. The nominees for Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series went to A Beautiful Soul, Let it Shine, Raising Izzie (five nominations in all), Somebody’s Child and Steel Magnolias, the most lauded television series with seven nominations. Outstanding Actors and Actresses included Rockmond Dunbar, Cuba Gooding Jr., Trevor Jackson, Sean Patrick Thomas, Michael Jai White as well as Aunjanue Ellis, Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, Vanessa A. Williams and Lynn Whitfield.

The Black Reel Awards, comprised of more than 30 voters across the country, annually select and spotlight films and performances featuring African-Americans, as well as people of color throughout the African Diaspora. The 13th Annual Black Reel Awards winners will be announced on Blog Talk Radio, Thursday, February 7, 2013, in Washington, DC.

There are many more categories and nominees than could be listed above. The nominations for the 2013 Black Reel Awards:

Outstanding Motion Picture

Beasts of the Southern Wild | Michael Gottwald, John Penn & Dan Javey (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Django Unchained | Reginald Huldin, Pilar Savone & Stacey Sher (Columbia Pictures)/(The Weinstein Company)
Flight | Laurie McDonald, Walter F. Parkes, Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey & Robert Zemeckis (Paramount)
The Intouchables | Laurent Zeitoun, Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky & Yann Zenou (The Weinstein Company)
Middle of Nowhere | Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes & Howard Barish (AFFRM)


Outstanding Actor

Jamie Foxx | Django Unchained (Columbia Pictures)/(The Weinstein Company)
Nate Parker | Red Tails (20th Century Fox)/(LucasFilm)
Chris Rock | 2 Days in New York (Magnolia Pictures)
Omar Sy | The Intouchables (The Weinstein Company)
Denzel Washington | Flight (Paramount)


Outstanding Actress

Halle Berry | Cloud Atlas (Warner Brothers)
Emayatzy Corinealdi | Middle of Nowhere (AFFRM)
Viola Davis | Won’t Back Down (20th Century Fox)
Rashida Jones | Celeste and Jesse Forever (Sony Pictures Classics)
Quvenzhane Wallis | Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight)


Outstanding Supporting Actor

Mike Epps | Sparkle (Tristar Pictures)
Dwight Henry | Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight)
Samuel L. Jackson | Django Unchained (Columbia Pictures)/(The Weinstein Company)
David Oyelowo | Middle of Nowhere (AFFRM)
Nate Parker | Arbitrage (Lionsgate)


Outstanding Supporting Actress

Naomie Harris | Skyfall (MGM)/ (Columbia)
Octavia Spencer | Smashed (Sony Pictures Classics)
Lorraine Toussaint | Middle of Nowhere (AFFRM)
Tamara Tunie | Flight (Paramount)
Kerry Washington | Django Unchained (Columbia)/(The Weinstein Company)


Outstanding Director

Salim Akil | Sparkle (Tristar Pictures)
Ava DuVernay | Middle of Nowhere (AFFRM)
Spike Lee | Red Hook Summer (Variance Films)
Peter Ramsey | Rise of the Guardians (DreamWorks)
Tim Story | Think Like A Man (Screen Gems)


Outstanding Screenplay (Adapted or Original)

Mara Brock Akil | Sparkle (Tristar Pictures)
Ava DuVernay | Middle of Nowhere (AFFRM)
Rashida Jones & Will McCormack | Celeste and Jesse Forever (Sony Pictures Classics)
Spike Lee & James McBride | Red Hook Summer (Variance Films)
Aaron McGruder & John Ridley | Red Tails (20th Century Fox)/(LucasFilm)


Outstanding Feature Documentary

Bad 25 | Spike Lee
Brooklyn Castle | Katie Dallamaggiore (Producers Distribution Agency)
The Central Park Five | SarahBurns, Ken Burns & David McMahon (Sundance Select)
Marley | Kevin McDonald (Magnolia Pictures)
Searching for Sugar Man | Malik Bendjelloul (Sony Pictures Classics)


Outstanding Ensemble

Django Unchained | Casting Director: Victoria Thomas (Columbia)/(The Weinstein Company)
Flight | Casting Director: Victoria Burrows (Paramount)
Middle of Nowhere | Casting Director: Aisha Coley (AFFRM)
Sparkle | Casting Director: Twinkie Byrd (Tristar Pictures)
Think  Like A Man | Casting Director: Kim Hardin (Screen Gems)


Outstanding Foreign Film

Elza | Guadeloupe (Autonomous Entertainment)
The Intouchables | France (The Weinstein Company)
Ties That Bind | South Africa (Image Entertainment)
Toussaint Louverture| France
Wuthering Heights | United Kingdom (Laboratories)


Outstanding Score

Terence Blanchard | Red Tails (20th Century Fox)/(LucasFilm)
Kathryn Bostic | Middle of Nowhere (AFFRM)
Bruce Hornsby | Red Hook Summer (Variance Films)
Salaam Remi | Sparkle (Tristar Pictures)
Dan Romer & Behn Zeitilin | Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Studios)


Outstanding Original or Adapted Song

Carry It”  from The Man With the Iron Fists | Performed and Written by: Travis Barker, RZA, Tom Morrello & Raekwon (Universal)
Celebrate” from Sparkle | Performed by: Jordin Sparks & Whitney Houston; Written by: R. Kelly (Tristar Pictures)
No Church in the Wild” from Safe House | Performed by: Jay-Z, Kanye West & Frank Ocean; Written by: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, The-Dream, Chales Nipa, Joseph Roach, Gary Wright, James Brown, Michael Dean & Phil Manzanera (Universal)
Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” from Think Like a Man | Performed by: John Legend & Ludacris; Written: Allen Arthur, Keith Justice, Clayton Reilly, Miguel Pimental, John Legend & Ludacris (Screen Gems)
Who Did That to You” from Django Unchained | Performed by: John Legend; Written by: John Legend & Paul Epworth (Columbia Pictures)/(The Weinstein Company)


Outstanding Breakthrough Performance

Emayatzy Corinealdi | Middle of Nowhere (AFFRM)
Dwight Henry | Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Studios)
Amandla Stenberg | The Hunger Games (Lionsgate)
Omar Sy | The Intouchables (The Weinstein Company)
Quvenzhane Wallis | Beasts of the Southern Wild (Fox Searchlight Studios)


Outstanding Voice Performance

Tempestt Bledsoe | ParaNorman (Focus Features)
Dennis Haysbert | Wreck-it Ralph (Walt Disney)
Queen Latifah | Ice Age: Continental Drift (20th Century Fox)
Chris Rock | Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (Paramount)
Wanda Sykes | Ice Age: Continental Drift (20th Century Fox)


Outstanding Independent Film

Elza | Mariette Monpierre (Autonomous Entertainment)
Four | Joshua Sanchez
The Last Fall | Matthew A. Cherry (Image Entertainment)
LUV | Sheldon Candis (Indomina Releasing)
Yelling to the Sky | Victoria Mahoney (MPI Media Group)


Outstanding Independent Documentary

BMF: The Rise and Fall of Hip-Hop Drug Empire | D. Skiorski
Contradictions of Fair Hope | S. Epatha Merkerson & Rockell Metcalf
From Fatherless to Fatherhood | Kobie Brown
Justice for Sale | Femke & Isla van Velzen
Soul Food Junkies | Bryon Hurt


Outstanding Independent Short

The Bluest Note | Marques Green
Crossover | Tina Mabry
The Last/First Kiss | Andrea Ashton
Record/Play | Jesse Atlas
White Space | Maya Washington


Outstanding Television Documentary

The Announcement | Nelson George (ESPN)
Brooklyn Boheme | Nelson George and Diane Paragas (Showtime)
On the Shoulders of Giants | Deborah Morales (Showtime)
Slavery by Another Name | Samuel D. Pollard (PBS)
Uprising: Hip-Hop and the LA Riots | Mark Ford (VH1)


Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series

A Beautiful Soul | Noel Jones, Holly Davis Carter, Danny Green, Kimberly Ogletree & Dominique Telson (TVOne)
Let It Shine | Amy Gibbons & David Nelson (Disney Channel)
Raising Izzie | Angelique Bones & Valencia Y. Hawkins (The Gospel Music Channel)
Somebody’s Child | Keith Neal, David Eubanks & Eric Tomosunas (The Gospel Music Channel)
Steel Magnolias | David A. Rosemont (Lifetime)


Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-Series

Rockmond Dunbar | Raising Izzie (The Gospel Music Channel)
Cuba Gooding Jr. | Firelight (ABC)
Trevor Jackson | Let It Shine (Disney Channel)
Sean Patrick Thomas | Murder on the 13th Floor (Lifetime)
Michael Jai White | Somebody’s Child (The Gospel Music Channel)
Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie or Mini-Series

Aunjanue Ellis | Abducted: The Carlina White Story (Lifetime)
Queen Latifah | Steel Magnolias (Lifetime)
Keke Palmer | Abducted: The Carlina White Story (Lifetime)
Vanessa A. Williams | Raising Izzie (The Gospel Music Channel)
Lynn Whitfield | Somebody’s Child (Gospel Music Channel)


Outstanding Supporting Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-Series

Danny Glover | Hannah’s Law (Hallmark Channel)
Louis Gossett Jr. | Smitty (The Gospel Music Channel)
Boris Kodjoe | Killer Amongst Us (Lifetime)
Harry J. Lennix | A Beautiful Soul (TVOne)
Courtney B. Vance | Let It Shine (Disney Channel)


Outstanding Supporting Actress in a TV Movie or Mini-Series

Adepero Oduye | Steel Magnolias (Lifetime)
Phylicia Rashad | Steel Magnolias (Lifetime)
Gloria Reuben | Jesse Stone: Benefit of the Doubt (CBS)
Jill Scott | Steel Magnolias (Lifetime)
Alfre Woodard | Steel Magnolias (Lifetime)


Outstanding Director in a TV Movie or Mini-Series

Roger M. Bobb | Raising Izzie (The Gospel Music Channel)
Vondie Curtis-Hall | Abducted: The Carlina White Story (Lifetime)
Kenny Leon | Steel Magnolias (Lifetime)
Darnell Martin | Firelight (ABC)
Bille Woodruff | Rags (Nickelodeon)


Outstanding Writing in a TV Movie or Mini-Series

David Martyn Conley | Raising Izzie (The Gospel Music Channel)
Eric Daniel | Let It Shine (Disney Channel)
Elizabeth Hunter | Abducted: The Carlina White Story (Lifetime)
Siddeeqah Powell | Somebody’s Child (The Gospel Music Channel)
Cas Sigers | A Cross to Bear (The Gospel Music Channel)

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