Sunday, October 2, 2022

The 2021 Black Reel Awards (BRAs) Nominations

By Matt Neglia 

The Black Reel Awards (BRAs) have announced their nominations representing the best in film for 2021. The winners will be announced on February 27th 2022.

Click below to see the nominations.

​Outstanding Motion Picture
The Harder They Fall
King Richard 
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

Outstanding Director
Halle Berry – Bruised 
Nia DaCosta – Candyman
Reinaldo Marcus Green – King Richard 
Rebecca Hall – Passing 
Jeymes Samuel – The Harder They Fall

Outstanding Actor
Mahershala Ali – Swan Song
Winston Duke – Nine Days
Jonathan Majors – The Harder They Fall
Will Smith – King Richard 
Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth

Outstanding Actress
Zazie Beetz – The Harder They Fall
Halle Berry – Bruised 
Jennifer Hudson – Respect 
Taylour Paige – Zola 
Tessa Thompson – Passing

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Colman Domingo – Zola 
Idris Elba – The Harder They Fall
Andre Holland – Passing 
LaKeith Stanfield – The Harder They Fall
Jeffrey Wright – The French Dispatch
Outstanding Supporting Actress
Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard 
Regina King – The Harder They Fall
Rita Moreno – West Side Story
Ruth Negga – Passing 

Outstanding Screenplay
Candyman – Nia DaCosta, Jordan Peele & Win Rosenfeld
The Harder They Fall – Jeymes Samuel & Boaz Yakin
In the Heights – Quiara Alegria Hudes 
Passing – Rebecca Hall 
Zola – Janicza Bravo & Jeremy O. Harris

Outstanding Documentary
Citizen Ashe
My Name is Pauli Murray
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It 
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Outstanding Foreign-Language Film
African America (South Africa) 
Bitter Sugar (Tunisia) 
Faya Dayi (Ethiopia)

Outstanding Ensemble
The Harder They Fall
In the Heights
King Richard 

Outstanding Voice Performance
Eric Andre – The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Marsai Martin – Spirit Untamed
Maya Rudolph – Luca
Maya Rudolph – The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Zoe Saldana – Vivo

Outstanding Score
The Harder They Fall
In the Heights

Outstanding Original Song
“Automatic Woman” (Bruised) – H.E.R., performer; Van Hunt, H.E.R. & Brittany Hazzard, writers  
“Be Alive” (King Richard ) – Beyonce, performer; Beyoncé Knowles-Carter & DIXSON, writers
“Guns Go Bang” (The Harder They Fall) – Jay-Z & Kid Cudi, performers; Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Kid Cudi & Jeymes Samuel, writers 
“The Harder They Fall” (The Harder They Fall) – Koffee, performer; Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter & Jeymes Samuel, writers 
“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” (Respect) – Jennifer Hudson, performer; Carole King, Jennifer Hudson & Jamie Hartman, writers 

Outstanding Independent Film
Concrete Cowboy
Nine Days
Test Pattern
The Water Man 

Outstanding Short Film
54 Years Late 
The Door of Return 
The Snakes 

Outstanding Independent Documentary
100 Years from Mississippi 
Big Chief, Black Hawk 
I Still Breathe 
Little Satchmo 
Unzipped: An Autopsy of American Inequality 

Outstanding Emerging Director
Halle Berry – Bruised 
Janicza Bravo – Zola
Rebecca Hall – Passing 
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson – Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Jeymes Samuel – The Harder They Fall

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male
Deon Cole – The Harder They Fall
Edi Gathegi – The Harder They Fall
Joshua Henry – tick, tick…Boom!
Caleb McLaughlin – Concrete Cowboy
Anthony Ramos – In the Heights

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female
Danielle Deadwyler – The Harder They Fall
Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
Taylour Paige – Zola 
Saniyya Sidney – King Richard 
Demi Singleton – King Richard 

Outstanding First Screenplay
In the Heights

The Harder They Fall
In the Heights
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

Outstanding Costume Design
Coming 2 America 
The Harder They Fall
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

Outstanding Editing
The Harder They Fall
King Richard 

Outstanding Production Design
The Harder They Fall
In the Heights 
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

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Matt Neglia
Matt Neglia
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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