The most competitive year in Black film did not disappoint as a record three film shared top honors as the nominations for the 14th Annual Black Reel Awards were unveiled this morning.
12 Years A Slave, Fruitvale Station and Lee Daniels’ The Butler all received nine nominations each with all three films also being nominated for Outstanding Picture. Also vying for top picture honors are Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and 42. One of the more interesting anomalies this year is the fact that all five of the Outstanding Picture nominees are based on real individuals, baseball pioneer, Jackie Robinson, slain Bay-area resident, Oscar Grant, recently deceased political icon, Nelson Mandela, former-slave-turned-author, Solomon Northup and long-time White House butler, Eugene Allen.
Other films receiving multiple nominations included the crowd-pleasing favorite The Best Man Holiday, which received five nominations and 42, Blue Caprice and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom which all received four nominations each. Voters were just as conflicted on the television side with three films leading the pack, Being Mary Jane, Pastor Brown and The Watsons Go to Birmingham all nabbing six nominations. Close on their heels were Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story and Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, which both received four nominations each.
With three high-profile releases, The Weinstein Company received a record-breaking 24 nominations with the closest studio, Fox Searchlight nabbing ten. On the television side, Lifetime was at the head of the class with ten nominations with their nearest competitors being BET, the Hallmark Channel and HBO taking home six each.
In a year that saw a record 17 actors receive multiple nominations, the most impressive feat is the affinity and consistency that voters have with Spike Lee. The most nominated person in Black Reel Awards history received his 24th nomination, more than any individual, for Outstanding Television Director for HBO documentary, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth.
For a complete list of the Black Reel Award Nominees, see the list below:( Read more...Collapse )