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The 2016 Black Reel Awards, which annually recognize and celebrate the achievements of black people in feature, independent and television films, were announced on Thursday, February 18, 2016. Creed and Straight Outta Compton led all films with nine nominations apiece.[1]

16th Black Reel Awards
DateFebruary 18, 2016
LocationWashington, D.C.

Creed was the big winner of the night winning five awards including Outstanding Picture, Director (Ryan Coogler) and Actor (Michael B. Jordan). Bessie took home three awards followed by American Crime, Beasts of No Nation and Straight Outta Compton with two wins.

Dee Rees, Ryan Coogler, Regina King, Rihanna, Michael B. Jordan, Abraham Attah and Kiersey Clemons were some of the winners earning their first Black Reel Award.

Winners and nomineesEdit

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.

Best Film Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Breakthrough Performance, Male Best Breakthrough Performance, Female
Best Ensemble Best Screenplay, Adapted or Original
Best Feature Documentary Best Voice Performance
Best Independent Feature Best Independent Documentary
  • Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band – Carol Bush
    • Adina Howard 20: A Story of Sexual Liberation – Gezus Zaire
    • Be Known – Dwayne Johnson-Cochran
    • Cody High: A Life Remodeled Project – Walter V. Marshall
    • Romeo is Bleeding – Jason Zeldes
Best Independent Short Best Foreign Film
  • Addiction – Danny Dzhurayev
    • David's Reviere – Neil Creque Williams
    • Sacred Heart – Sol Aponte and Jennia Fredrique
Best Original or Adapted Song Outstanding Original Score
Best Television Miniseries or Movie Outstanding Director in a Television Miniseries or Movie
Best Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series Best Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie or Limited Series
Outstanding Screenplay in a TV Movie or Limited Series Best Television Documentary or Special
  • The Wiz Live! (NBC) – Kenny Leon
    • 3 ½ Minutes (HBO) – Marc Silver
    • Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church (BET) – Clay Cane
    • Kareem: Minority of One (HBO) – Clare Lewins
    • Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life: An All-Star Grammy Tribute (CBS) – Leon Knoles