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
- "†" indicates an Academy Award–winning performance.
- "‡" indicates an Academy Award–nominated performance that same year.
|2016||Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation) (Breakthrough Actor)|
|Kiersey Clemons (Dope) (Breakthrough Actress)|
|2015||Tyler James Williams (Dear White People) (Breakthrough Actor)|
|Teyonah Parris (Dear White People) (Breakthrough Actress)|
|2014||Barkhad Abdi(Captain Phillips) (Breakthrough Actor)‡|
|Lupita Nyong'o(12 Years a Slave) (Breakthrough Actress)†|
|2013||Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)‡|
|2012||Adepero Oduye (Pariah)|
|2011||Tessa Thompson (For Colored Girls)|
|2010||Gabourey Sidibe (Precious) ‡|
|2008||Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire)|
|2007||Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) †|
|2006||Brandon T. Jackson (Roll Bounce)|
|2005||Sharon Warren (Ray)|
|2004||Naomie Harris (28 Days Later)|
|2003||Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher)|