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Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance

This page lists the winners and nominees for the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance. Academy Award-nominated or winning performances also honored with nominations or wins at the Black Reel Awards include Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Octavia Spencer (The Help), Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious).

During the 2014 ceremony, the category was divided into gender specific categories (Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male and Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female).


Winners and nomineesEdit

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.

† indicates an Academy Award–winning performance.
‡ indicates an Academy Award–nominated performance that same year.


Year Actor / Actress Film Ref
Derek Luke Antwone Fisher [1]
Beyoncé Austin Powers in Goldmember
Nick Cannon Drumline
Raven Goodwin Lovely & Amazing
Lil' Bow Wow Like Mike
Naomie Harris 28 Days Later [2]
Romeo Miller Honey
Wentworth Miller The Human Stain
Sharon Warren Ray [3]
Anthony Mackie She Hate Me
C.J. Sanders Ray
Brandon T. Jackson Roll Bounce [4]
Ashanti Coach Carter
Tyler Perry Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls [5]
Shareeka Epps Half Nelson
Keke Palmer Akeelah and the Bee
Paula Patton Déjà Vu
Jaden Smith The Pursuit of Happyness
Dev Patel Slumdog Millionaire [6]
Omar Benson Miller Miracle at St. Anna
Columbus Short Cadillac Records
Saïd Taghmaoui Traitor
Tristan Wilds The Secret Life of Bees


Year Actor / Actress Film Ref
Gabourey Sidibe Precious [7]
Quinton Aaron The Blind Side
Nicole Beharie American Violet
Souléymane Sy Savané Goodbye Solo
Jamal Woolard Notorious
Tessa Thompson For Colored Girls [8]
Amari Cheatom Night Catches Us
Yaya DaCosta The Kids Are All Right
Omari Hardwick For Colored Girls
Zoë Kravitz It's Kind of a Funny Story
Adepero Oduye Pariah [9]
John Boyega Attack the Block
Gugu Mbatha-Raw Larry Crowne
Octavia Spencer The Help
Kim Wayans Pariah
Quvenzhané Wallis Beasts of the Southern Wild [10]
Emayatzy Corinealdi Middle of Nowhere
Dwight Henry Beasts of the Southern Wild
Amandla Stenberg The Hunger Games
Omar Sy The Intouchables


  1. ^ 2003 Black Reel Awards
  2. ^ 2004 Black Reel Awards
  3. ^ 2005 Black Reel Awards
  4. ^ 2006 Black Reel Awards
  5. ^ 2007 Black Reel Awards
  6. ^ 2008 Black Reel Awards
  7. ^ 2010 Black Reel Awards
  8. ^ 2011 Black Reel Awards
  9. ^ 2012 Black Reel Awards
  10. ^ "Critics Wild About Beasts". Black Reel Awards. February 8, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2016.