Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance

Here are the list of nominees and winners of the Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance.

Jennifer Hudson, Lupita Nyong'o & Octavia Spencer are the only Black Reel Award winners to win an Academy Award for their breakthrough performances. Quvenzhané Wallis, Barkhad Abdi & Gabourey Sidibe earn Academy Award nominations.

2014 marked the first time that the category was split by gender.

Winners and nominees


Year Winner Nominees Source
2016 Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation) (Breakthrough Actor) [1]
Kiersey Clemons (Dope) (Breakthrough Actress)
2015 Tyler James Williams (Dear White People) (Breakthrough Actor) [2]
Teyonah Parris (Dear White People) (Breakthrough Actress)
2014 Barkhad Abdi(Captain Phillips) (Breakthrough Actor) [3]
Lupita Nyong'o(12 Years a Slave) (Breakthrough Actress)
2013 Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) [4]
2012 Adepero Oduye (Pariah) [5]
2011 Tessa Thompson (For Colored Girls) [6]
2010 Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) [7]
2008 Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) [8]
2007 Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) [9]
2006 Brandon T. Jackson (Roll Bounce) [10]
2005 Sharon Warren (Ray) [11]
2004 Naomie Harris (28 Days Later) [12]
2003 Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher) [13]


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