Judas and the Black Messiah Continues to Make History

The 21st Annual Black Reel Awards recognized the cinematic excellence of African-American and African filmmakers last Sunday in Washington D.C. . Judas and the Balck Messiah took home the award of the night for Outstanding Film. The groundbreaking film told the story of the powerful life and assassination of Chairman Fred Hampton of the Illinois Black Panther Party and the man who betrayed him.

 The producers of the film, Charles King, Ryan Coogler, and Shaka King, also took home the Outstanding Picture award and became the first all-African American team to win this award. In addition to the filmmakers, the actors of this film took home awards too. Daniel Kaluuya and Dominique Fishback won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor and Outstanding Supporting Actress award. 

Judas and the Black Messiah Continues to Make History
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Judas and the Black Messiah Continues to Make History
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The founder Tim Gordan made a statement saying, “What an unprecedented year it was for Black filmmakers and creatives, and I’m delighted that this year’s winners reflected the historic nature of Black Cinema.” “We are honored to have this year’s class of winners join the rich history of those acknowledged in the past as they stand on the shoulders of Black Cinematic giants who paved the way.”

See the full list of winners below

Outstanding Film Judas and the Black Messiah | Charles D. King, Ryan Cooler, and Shaka King

Outstanding Actor Chadwick Boseman | Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Outstanding Actress Viola Davis | Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Outstanding Supporting Actor Daniel Kaluuya | Judas and the Black Messiah

Outstanding Supporting Actress Dominique Fishback | Judas and the Black Messiah

Outstanding Director Regina King | One Night in Miami

Outstanding Screenplay Radha Blank | The 40-Year-Old Version

Outstanding Documentary Time | Garrett Bradley

Outstanding Ensemble One Night in Miami | Kimberly Hardin

Outstanding Foreign-Language Film Night of the Kings | Philippe Lacote (Senegal)

Outstanding Score Soul | Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Jon Batiste

Outstanding Original Song Speak Now (One Night in Miami) | Leslie Odom, Jr.

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male Kingsley Ben-Adir | One Night in Miami

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female Andra Day | The U.S. vs. Billie Holiday

Outstanding Voice Performance Jamie Foxx | Soul

Outstanding Independent Film The 40-Year-Old Version | Radha Blank

Outstanding Independent Documentary Mr. Soul! | Melissa Haizlip

Outstanding Independent Short Canvas | Frank E. Abney III

Outstanding Emerging Director One Night in Miami | Regina King

Outstanding First Screenplay The 40-Year-Old Version | Radha Blank

Outstanding Cinematography Malcolm & Marie | Marcell Rev

Outstanding Costume Design Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey | Michael Wilkinson

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