Black Reel Award for Best Actress

This page lists the winners and nominees for the Black Reel Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture. Quvenzhané Wallis is currently the youngest winner in this category. Academy Award-nominated or winning performances also honored with nominations or wins at the Black Reel Awards include Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Viola Davis (The Help), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) and Halle Berry (Monster's Ball).

Winners and nominees

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.

† indicates an Academy Award–winning performance.
‡ indicates an Academy Award–nominated performance that same year.


Year Actress Film Ref
Nia Long The Best Man [1]
Rosario Dawson Light It Up
Thandie Newton Besieged
Rosie Perez The 24 Hour Woman
Malinda Williams The Wood
Sanaa Lathan Love and Basketball [2]
Angela Bassett Boesman and Lena
Jada Pinkett Smith Bamboozled
Michelle Rodriguez Girlfight
Alfre Woodard What's Cooking
Halle Berry Monster's Ball [3]
Vivica A. Fox Two Can Play That Game
Pam Grier Bones
Taraji P. Henson Baby Boy
Regina King Down to Earth
Angela Bassett Sunshine State [4]
Kimberly Elise John Q
Aunjanue Ellis Undercover Brother
Sanaa Lathan Brown Sugar
Thandie Newton The Truth About Charlie
Sanaa Lathan Out of Time [5]
Halle Berry Gothika
Beyoncé The Fighting Temptations
Queen Latifah Bringing Down the House
Gabrielle Union Deliver Us from Eva
2005 Drama
Sophie Okonedo Hotel Rwanda [6]
Regina King Ray
Kerry Washington Ray
Comedy / Musical
Irma P. Hall The Ladykillers
Angela Bassett Mr. 3000
Gabrielle Union Breakin' All the Rules
Kimberly Elise Diary of a Mad Black Woman [7]
Rosario Dawson Rent
Nona Gaye The Gospel
Queen Latifah Last Holiday
Zoe Saldana Guess Who
Keke Palmer Akeelah and the Bee [8]
Beyoncé Dreamgirls
Sanaa Lathan Something New
Queen Latifah The Secret Life of Bees [9]
Jennifer Hudson The Secret Life of Bees
Sanaa Lathan The Family That Preys
Keke Palmer The Longshots
Alfre Woodard The Family That Preys


Year Actress Film Ref
Gabourey Sidibe Precious [10]
Nicole Beharie American Violet
Taraji P. Henson I Can Do Bad All By Myself
Sophie Okonedo Skin
Maya Rudolph Away We Go
Kerry Washington Night Catches Us [11]
Kimberly Elise For Colored Girls
Queen Latifah Just Wright
Thandie Newton For Colored Girls
Anika Noni Rose For Colored Girls
Viola Davis The Help [12]
Naomie Harris The First Grader
Nia Long Mooz-lum
Adepero Oduye Pariah
Zoe Saldana Colombiana
Quvenzhané Wallis Beasts of the Southern Wild [13]
Halle Berry Cloud Atlas
Emayatzy Corinealdi Middle of Nowhere
Viola Davis Won't Back Down
Rashida Jones Celeste and Jesse Forever
Danai Gurira Mother of George [14]
Halle Berry The Call
Rosario Dawson Trance
Lisagay Hamilton Go for Sisters
Nia Long The Best Man Holiday
Gugu Mbatha-Raw Belle [15]
Rosario Dawson Top Five
Gugu Mbatha-Raw Beyond the Lights
Tessa Thompson Dear White People
Quvenzhané Wallis Annie
Teyonah Parris Chi-Raq [16]
Viola Davis Lila & Eve
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez Tangerine
Zoe Saldana Infinitely Polar Bear
Karidja Touré Girlhood
'Ruth Negga Loving [17]
Taraji P. Henson Hidden Figures
Royalty Hightower The Fits
Sasha Lane American Honey
Madina Nwalanga Queen of Katwe
2017 style="background:#B0C4DE" 'Ruth Negga Loving [18]
Taraji P. Henson Hidden Figures
Royalty Hightower The Fits
Sasha Lane American Honey
Madina Nwalanga Queen of Katwe
2018 style="background:#B0C4DE" Natalie Paul Crown Heights [19]
Simone Baker Gook
Carmen Ejogo It Comes at Night
Amandla Stenberg Everything, Everything
Jessica Williams The Incredible Jessica James
2019 style="background:#B0C4DE" Kiki Layne If Beale Street Could Talk [20]
Viola Davis Widows
Zoe Renee Jinn
Amandla Stenberg The Hate U Give
Regina Hall Support the Girls

Multiple nominations and wins

Multiple wins

2 Wins

Multiple nominations


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