Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress
The 2022 recipient: Aunjanue Ellis
Awarded forOutstanding Supporting Actress
CountryUnited States
Presented byBlack Reel Awards (BRAs)
First awardedBlack Reel Awards of 2000
Most recent winnerAunjanue Ellis
King Richard (Black Reel Awards of 2022)

The Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress is an award presented annually by the Black Reel Awards (BRAs). It is given to honor an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role while working within the film industry.

Erykah Badu was the first winner of The Cider House Rules at the 1st Annual Black Reel Awards in 2000. Since its inception, the award has been given out to 21 actresses. Viola Davis is the current record holder with most wins in this category with two while, Octavia Spencer holds the record for most nominations in this category with six. Angela Bassett currently has the most nominations in this category without a win. Janelle Monae is the only actress to earn multiple nominations in the same year for Moonlight and Hidden Figures at the 17th Annual Black Reel Awards.

Gloria Foster became the first posthumous acting nominee in Black Reel Awards history when she earned a nomination for The Matrix Reloaded at the 4th Annual Black Reel Awards. Eartha Kitt is the first and only actress to earn a nomination in this category for an animated performance prior to the introduction of the Outstanding Voice Performance category in 2009.

At age 25, Jennifer Hudson became the youngest winner in this category for Dreamgirls and at age 62, Phylicia Rashad became the oldest winner in this category for For Colored Girls.

Winners and nominees

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.


Year Actress Film Ref
Erykah Badu The Cider House Rules [1]
Angela Bassett Music of the Heart
Lisa Gay Hamilton True Crime
Rebekah Johnson Liberty Heights
Queen Latifah The Bone Collector
Gabrielle Union Bring It On [2]
Lisa Bonet High Fidelity
Eartha Kitt The Emperor's New Groove
Nia Long Boiler Room
Sheryl Lee Ralph Deterrence
Nona Gaye Ali [3]
Marla Gibbs The Visit
Adrienne-Joi Johnson Baby Boy
Gabrielle Union The Brothers
Kerry Washington Save the Last Dance
Queen Latifah Chicago [4]
Halle Berry Die Another Day
Joy Bryant Antwone Fisher
Viola Davis Solaris
Rosario Dawson 25th Hour
Anna Deavere Smith The Human Stain [5]
Mary Alice The Matrix Revolutions
Gloria Foster (posthumous) The Matrix Reloaded
Vivica A. Fox Kill Bill: Volume 1
Michael Michele Dark Blue
Sharon Warren Ray [6]
Kimberly Elise The Manchurian Candidate
Nia Long Alfie
Jada Pinkett Smith Collateral
Taraji P. Henson Hustle & Flow [7]
Rosario Dawson Sin City
Thandie Newton Crash
Wanda Sykes Monster-in-Law
Tracie Thoms Rent
Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls [8]
Clare-Hope Ashitey Children of Men
Angela Bassett Akeelah and the Bee
Shareeka Epps Half Nelson
Kerry Washington The Last King of Scotland
Viola Davis Doubt [9]
Alice Braga Blindness
Penélope Cruz Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Taraji P. Henson The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Sophie Okonedo The Secret Life of Bees


Year Actress Film Ref
Mo'Nique Precious [10]
Mariah Carey Precious
Paula Patton
Zoe Saldana Avatar
Alfre Woodard American Violet
Phylicia Rashad For Colored Girls [11]
Viola Davis Eat Pray Love
Shareeka Epps Mother and Child
Janet Jackson For Colored Girls
Kerry Washington
Octavia Spencer The Help [12]
Angela Bassett Jumping the Broom
Maya Rudolph Bridesmaids
Pernell Walker Pariah
Kim Wayans
Naomie Harris Skyfall [13]
Octavia Spencer Smashed
Lorraine Toussaint Middle of Nowhere
Tamara Tunie Flight
Kerry Washington Django Unchained
Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a Slave [14]
Melonie Diaz Fruitvale Station
Naomie Harris Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Octavia Spencer Fruitvale Station
Oprah Winfrey The Butler
Carmen Ejogo Selma [15]
Viola Davis The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
Teyonah Parris Dear White People
Zoe Saldana Guardians of the Galaxy
Octavia Spencer Snowpiercer
Tessa Thompson Creed [16]
Angela Bassett Chi-Raq
Zoë Kravitz Dope
Gugu Mbatha-Raw Concussion
Mya Taylor Tangerine
Viola Davis Fences [17]
Naomie Harris Moonlight
Janelle Monáe Hidden Figures
Lupita Nyong'o Queen of Katwe
Tiffany Haddish Girls Trip [18][19]
Betty Gabriel Get Out
Mary J. Blige Mudbound
Octavia Spencer The Shape of Water
Tessa Thompson Thor: Ragnarok
Regina King If Beale Street Could Talk [20]
Letitia Wright Black Panther
Danai Gurira
Lupita Nyong'o
Simone Missick Jinn


Year Actress Film Ref
Da’Vine Joy Randolph Dolemite Is My Name [21]
Janelle Monae Harriet
Shahadi Wright Joseph Us
Octavia Spencer Luce
Taylor Russell Waves
Dominique Fishback Judas and the Black Messiah [22]
Alexis Chikaeze Miss Juneteenth
KiKi Layne The Old Guard
Tracee Ellis Ross The High Note
Gabourey Sidibe Antebellum
Ariana DeBose West Side Story [23]
Aunjanue Ellis King Richard
Regina King The Harder They Fall
Rita Moreno West Side Story
Ruth Negga Passing

Multiple nominations and wins

Multiple wins

2 Wins

Multiple nominations

Multiple nominations from the same film

Age superlatives

Record Actress Film Age (in years)
Oldest winner Phylicia Rashad For Colored Girls 62
Oldest nominee Rita Moreno West Side Story 90
Youngest winner Jennifer Hudson Dreamgirls 25
Youngest nominee Shahadi Wright Joseph Us 14


  1. ^ 2000 Black Reel Awards
  2. ^ 2001 Black Reel Awards
  3. ^ 2002 Black Reel Awards
  4. ^ 2003 Black Reel Awards
  5. ^ 2004 Black Reel Awards
  6. ^ 2005 Black Reel Awards
  7. ^ 2006 Black Reel Awards
  8. ^ 2007 Black Reel Awards
  9. ^ 2008 Black Reel Awards
  10. ^ 2010 Black Reel Awards
  11. ^ 2011 Black Reel Awards
  12. ^ 2012 Black Reel Awards
  13. ^ "Critics Wild About Beasts". Black Reel Awards. February 8, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  14. ^ "2014 Black Reel Awards - Nominees". Black Reel Awards. December 11, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  15. ^ 2015 Black Reel Awards
  16. ^ 2016 Black Reel Awards
  17. ^ 2017 Black Reel Awards
  18. ^ Get Out Dominates the Black Reel Awards Archived December 19, 2017, at the Wayback Machine Black Reel Awards. 13 December 2017.
  19. ^ Get Out “Sinks” the Competition at The Black Reel Awards Archived February 28, 2018, at the Wayback Machine Black Reel Awards. 23 February 2018.
  20. ^ 2019 Black Reel Awards
  21. ^ "Black Reel Awards (2020)". IMDb.
  22. ^ "A Special "Night in Miami!" – the Black Reel Awards". Archived from the original on February 22, 2021. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  23. ^ "'The Harder They Fall' Sets Record with 20 Nominations from the Black Reel Awards". Black Girl Nerds. BGN Staff. Retrieved January 2, 2022.