*Washington D.C. — Last year, Precious became only the fourth film in Black Reel Awards history to receive double digit nominations, 10 in all. In 2010, Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, an examination of the challenges facing women of color, shattered that record, garnering a staggering 14 nominations.

“Simply stunning,” said Tim Gordon, Executive Director and founder of the Black Reel Awards. “The combination of a beloved, award-winning play adapted for the big screen and an impressive array of solid performances produced a tsunami of nominations for Perry’s film. While critics can debate the merits of his work, For Colored Girls may be the film that elevates him from a niche filmmaker to a true industry player.”

The cop drama Brooklyn’s Finest seized eight nominations, while the restrained examination of a prodigal Black Panther, Night Catches Us, received seven. Sharing the Outstanding Film category with the aforementioned three films is the apocalyptic thriller The Book of Eli (four nominations) and the basketball romantic comedy Just Wright (five nominations).

All of the Outstanding Film nominees were equally honored with an Outstanding Director nomination: Antoine Fuqua for Brooklyn’s Finest, Sanaa Hamri for Just Wright, Tanya Hamilton for Night Catches Us, the Hughes Bros. for The Book of Eli, and Tyler Perry for For Colored Girls.

Critical and commercial darling Denzel Washington was nominated twice for Outstanding Actor (The Book of Eli, Unstoppable), joining perennial favorite Don Cheadle (Brooklyn’s Finest), Anthony Mackie (Night Catches Us) and relative newcomer Jaden Smith (The Karate Kid). For Colored Girls took three of the five Outstanding Actress nominations (Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose and Kimberly Elise). Queen Latifah (Just Wright) and Kerry Washington (Night Catches Us), who is also nominated for her supporting role in For Colored Girls, rounded out the category. Among those nominated in the Outstanding Support Actor and Actress categories was Sean Combs for Get Him to the Greek, Samuel L. Jackson for Mother and Child, Phylicia Rashad for For Colored Girls and Viola Davis for Eat Pray Love.

The Black Reel Awards is proud to recognize its 2010 nominees, and the countless hours of hard work and dedication that went into each and every category. Further 2010 Black Reel Awards nominees follow:

Outstanding Film
The Book of Eli
Brooklyn’s Finest
For Colored Girls
Night Catches Us
Just Wright

Outstanding Director
Antoine Fuqua – Brooklyn’s Finest
Sanaa Hamri – Just Wright
Tanya Hamilton – Night Catches Us
Allen and Albert Hughes – The Book of Eli
Tyler Perry – For Colored Girls

Outstanding Actor
Don Cheadle – Brooklyn’s Finest
Denzel Washington – The Book of Eli
Jaden Smith – The Karate Kid
Anthony Mackie – Night Catches Us
Denzel Washington – Unstoppable

Outstanding Actress
Thandie Newton – For Colored Girls
Queen Latifah – Just Wright
Kerry Washington – Night Catches Us
Anika Noni Rose – For Colored Girls
Kimberly Elise – For Colored Girls

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Wesley Snipes – Brooklyn’s Finest
Sean Combs – Get Him to the Greek
Samuel L. Jackson – Mother and Child
Brandon T. Jackson – Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Laurence Fishburne – Predators

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Phylicia Rashad – For Colored Girls
Kerry Washington – For Colored Girls
Viola Davis – Eat Pray Love
Janet Jackson – For Colored Girls
Shareeka Epps – Mother and Child

Outstanding Ensemble
For Colored Girls
Brooklyn’s Finest
Night Catches Us

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance
Omari Hardwick – For Colored Girls
Tessa Thompson – For Colored Girls
Amari Cheatom – Night Catches Us
Zoe Kravitz – It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Yaya DaCosta – The Kids Are All Right

Outstanding Screenplay, Original or Adapted
Tanya Hamilton – Night Catches Us
Michael C. Martin – Brooklyn’s Finest
Michael Elliott – Just Wright
Peter Allen, Gabriel Casseus, John Lussenhop and Avery Duff – Takers
Tyler Perry – For Colored Girls

Outstanding Feature Documentary
The Lottery
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy
Waiting on Superman
My Mic Sounds Nice

Outstanding Original Score
The Karate Kid
Brooklyn’s Finest
Night Catches Us
The Book of Eli
For Colored Girls

Outstanding Original Song
Shine (John Legend) | Waiting for Superman
Champion (Queen Latifah) | Just Wright
Run This Town (Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kayne West) | Brooklyn’s Finest
Never Say Never (Justin Bieber featuring Jaden Smith) | The Karate Kid
I Know Who I Am (Leona Lewis) | For Colored Girls

Outstanding Indie Feature Film
Preacher’s Kid
Kings of the Evening
Toe to Toe
Black Venus
Finding God in the City of Angels

Outstanding Indie Short Film
Stag and Dow
Katrina’s Son

Outstanding Indie Documentary Film
For the Best and For the Onion
One of These Mornings
Gefilte Fish

Outstanding Television Documentary
If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise
The Black List, Vol. 3
A Small Act

The voting members of the Black Reel Awards are comprised of 60 film critics from television, radio, print and the Internet. Voting was conducted from December 10 – 13, 2010. Winners will be announced on Friday, February 11, 2011.


Tim Gordon
Black reel Awards
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