Black Reel Awards of 2020

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Black Reel Awards of 2020
DateFebruary 6, 2020 (Films)
August 6, 2020 (Television)
LocationWashington, D.C.
Most awardsDolemite Is My Name (8)
Most nominationsQueen & Slim (14)
4th Annual Black Reel Awards for Television
DateAugust 6, 2020
LocationWashington, D.C.
Most awardsWatchmen (10)
Most nominationsWatchmen (5)

The 20th Annual Black Reel Awards ceremony, presented by the Foundation for the Augmentation of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF) and honoring the best films of 2019, took place on February 6, 2020. During the ceremony, FAAAF presented the Black Reel Awards in 23 categories. The nominations were announced on December 11, 2019.[1]

Queen & Slim earned a leading fourteen nominations, followed by Us and Dolemite Is My Name with eleven and ten nominations, respectively.[2]

The 4th Annual Black Reel Awards for Television was presented on August 6, 2020.[3] The nominations were announced on June 18, 2020.[4] HBO's Watchmen & Insecure lead the nominees with 10 each. Watchmen became the biggest winner, earning 5 BRATs including Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series and Outstanding Actress, TV Movie/Limited Series for Regina King. Insecure took home the top Comedy prize for Outstanding Comedy Series for a second consecutive year while Pose won the award for Outstanding Drama Series for its second season.

Film winners and nominees

Outstanding Film Outstanding Director
Outstanding Actor Outstanding Actress
Outstanding Supporting Actor Outstanding Supporting Actress
Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female
Outstanding Ensemble Outstanding Screenplay, Adapted or Original
Outstanding Documentary Outstanding Independent Film
Outstanding Independent Short Film Outstanding Independent Documentary
Outstanding Foreign Film Outstanding Voice Performance
Outstanding Emerging Director Outstanding First Screenplay
Outstanding Original Song Outstanding Original Score
Outstanding Cinematography Outstanding Costume Design
Outstanding Production Design

Films with multiple nominations and wins

Film Wins Nominations Outstanding Film Nominee/Winner
Queen & Slim 4 14 Nominee
Us 4 11 Nominee
Dolemite Is My Name 8 10 Winner
Waves 1 9 Nominee
The Last Black Man in San Francisco 1 8
Clemency 0 7
Harriet 0 6
Luce 0 6
Atlantics 1 5
The Lion King 1 5
Just Mercy 0 3 Nominee
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind 0 2
Burning Cane 0 2
Les Misérables 0 2
Toy Story 4 0 2

Television winners and nominees


Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Actor, Comedy Series Outstanding Actress, Comedy Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy Series Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
Outstanding Guest Actor, Comedy Series Outstanding Guest Actress, Comedy Series
Outstanding Directing, Comedy Series Outstanding Writing, Comedy Series
  • High Fidelity (Episode: "Uptown"), Written by E.T. Feigenbaum and Zoë Kravitz (Hulu)
    • #blackAF (Episode: "hard to believe, but still because of slavery"), Written by Allison McDonald (Netflix)
    • Black-ish (Episode: "Hair Day"), Written by Marquita J. Robinson (ABC)
    • Insecure (Episode: "Lowkey Happy"), Written by Natasha Rothwell (HBO)
    • Insecure (Episode: "Lowkey Movin' On"), Written by Syreeta Singleton (HBO)


Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Actor, Drama Series Outstanding Actress, Drama Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama Series
Outstanding Guest Actor, Drama Series Outstanding Guest Actress, Drama Series
Outstanding Directing, Drama Series Outstanding Writing, Drama Series
  • This Is Us (Episode: "A Hell of a Week: Part One"), Written by Jon Dorsey (NBC)
    • Black Lightning (Episode: "The Book of Markovia: Chapter Four: Grab the Strap"), Written by Charles D. Holland and Asheleigh O. Conley (The CW)
    • Hunters (Episode: "(Ruth 1:16)"), Written by Zakiyyah Alexander (Prime Video)
    • Pose (Episode: "Love Like This Before"), Written by Janet Mock and Ryan Murphy (FX)
    • Queen Sugar (Episode: "Where My Body Stops or Begins"), Written by Mike Flynn (OWN)

Television Movies/Limited Series

Outstanding Television Movie or Limited Series
Outstanding Actor, TV Movie/Limited Series Outstanding Actress, TV Movie/Limited Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor, TV Movie/Limited Series Outstanding Supporting Actress, TV Movie/Limited Series
Outstanding Directing, TV Movie/Limited Series Outstanding Writing, TV Movie/Limited Series

Programs with multiple nominations and wins

Program Wins Nominations
Watchmen 5 10
Insecure 3 10
This Is Us 2 7
Pose 2 4
Saturday Night Live 2 2
Dear White People 1 6
Little Fires Everywhere 1 5
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ Walker 1 5
Godfather of Harlem 1 4
High Fidelity 1 3
Black Monday 1 2
How to Get Away with Murder 1 2
Westworld 1 2
Black-ish 0 7
Queen Sugar 0 6
The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel 1 5
#blackAF 0 4
All Rise 0 3
Ballers 0 3
A Black Lady Sketch Show 0 2
Black Lightning 0 2
For Life 0 2
Hollywood 0 3
Hunters 0 2
The Last O.G. 0 2
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family"/"Good Times" 0 2
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 0 2
Mrs. America 0 2
Wu-Tang: An American Saga 0 2


  1. ^ Morales, Wilson (December 11, 2019). "20th Annual Black Reel Awards - Nominees Announced". Black Film. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  2. ^ ""Queen" Is King!". Black Reel Awards. December 11, 2019. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  3. ^ Anderson, Erik (August 6, 2020). "'Watchmen,' 'Insecure' top Black Reel Awards for Television winners". Awards Watch. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  4. ^ "Watchmen & Insecure Pace the Black Reel Awards for TV Nominations". Black Reel Awards. June 18, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2021.