After featuring a year with few major studio releases and tons of great documentaries and independent films, the nominations for the 2012 Black Reel Awards will take place Wednesday morning, December 14, 2011 at 8pm exclusively on BlogTalkRadio.
This year’s awards will be comprised of 20 categories spanning theatrical, television and independent film featuring African-Americans. Absent many of Black Hollywood heavyweights and past Black Reel Awards nominees such as Spike Lee, Will Smith, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Denzel Washington, this year’s show will usher in many new faces and could serve as a changing of the guard in Tinseltown.
Much of the buzz has been centered on several popular films such as the surprise hit, The Help, the wedding comedy, Jumping the Broom and the dark and intense sexually addition drama, Shame.
This year was a strong year for independent films which took a major step forward with Ava DuVernay’s AFFRM movement which produced both the tender drama, I Will Follow and Alrick Brown’s Kinyarwanda. Other notable indies included Dee Ree’s powerful lesbian coming of age tale, Pariah, the Muslim-American drama, Qasim Bashir’s Mooz-Lum, Russ Parr’s ensemble comedy, 35 and Ticking, the underground British alien film, Attack the Block and the Congolese crime drama, Viva Riva!
There are also many notable performances to look out for including favorites such as Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer from the Help, Laurence Fishburne’s dual performances in both Thurgood and Contagion, Evan Ross’ dynamic turn in Mooz-Lum, John Boyega’s heroic breakthrough in Attack the Block and the child-like innocence displayed by Pariah’s Adepero Oduye.
Some of the sleepers that could surprise voters this year include Salli Richardson-Whitfield in I Will Follow, Nia Long’s strong performance in Mooz-Lum, an almost unrecognizable sexy performance from Nicole Beharie in Shame and a wonderful dramatic turn from comedic actress Kim Wayans in Pariah.
The 12th Annual Black Reel Awards will be broadcast on Friday, February 10, 2012 once again on BlogTalkRadio beginning at 7:30pm.