2021 Black Reel Awards for Television Winners

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This year’s celebration was the manifestation of Ladies First. Two other shows, Robin Thede’s A Black Lady Sketch Show and I May Destroy You from Michaela Coel each took home three awards. The first season of Thede’s clever and insightful comedic take on the culture won Outstanding Comedy, Outstanding Actress for Thede as well as accolades for Gabrielle Dennis (Outstanding Supporting Actress). Meanwhile, Coel’s series spotlighting a woman reassessing her life after a sexual assault, won Outstanding TV Movie/Limited Series, Outstanding Actress for Coel, and co-star Weruche Opia took home Outstanding Supporting Actress.

“We salute all of this year’s winners, but the fact that each of this year’s winning shows were led by showrunners is to be commended,” said Black Reel Awards CEO and Founder, Tim Gordon. “It is refreshing to see them assert their art and considerable sensibilities to a bevy of stories that continue to enhance the power of cinema.”

Additional highlights the emergence of the freshman comedy, Woke. the story of a Black cartoonist on the verge of mainstream success who must navigate an unexpected event changes won two awards, including Outstanding Directing (Maurice Marable) and Outstanding Writing for Rochee Jeffrey.

Other dual show winners included Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series, which honored John Boyega for Outstanding Supporting Actor, TV Movie/Limited Series for Red, White and Blue, and McQueen for Outstanding Directing, TV Movie/Limited Series for Lover’s Rock. Kenan Thompson (Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy) and Dave Chappelle (Outstanding Guest Actor, Comedy) also won for Saturday Night Live.

With 13 wins, HBO dominated this year’s field of winners. NBC came in a distant second with four wins and the rest of the winners were divided among a slew of other networks and streaming services.

Black Reel Awards annually recognize the excellence of African Americans, as well as the cinematic achievements of the African diaspora, in the global film industry.

Black Reel Awards for Television Winners

DRAMA

Outstanding Drama
Lovecraft Country | HBO

Outstanding Actor
Jonathan Majors | Lovecraft Country

Outstanding Actress
Jurnee Smollett | Lovecraft Country

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Michael K. Williams | Lovecraft Country

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Adjoa Andoh | Bridgerton

Outstanding Directing
“Jig-a-Bobo” (Lovecraft Country) | Misha Green

Outstanding Writing
“Birth Mother” (This Is Us) | Written by: Kay Oyegun & Eboni Freeman

Outstanding Guest Actor
Courtney B. Vance | Lovecraft Country

Outstanding Guest Actress
Phylicia Rashad | This Is Us

COMEDY

Outstanding Comedy
A Black Lady Sketch Show | HBO

Outstanding Actor
Anthony Anderson | black*ish

Outstanding Actress
Robin Thede | A Black Lady Sketch Show

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Kenan Thompson | Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Gabrielle Dennis | A Black Lady Sketch Show

Outstanding Directing
“Black People for Rent” (Woke) | Director: Maurice Marable

Outstanding Writing
“Black People for Rent” (Woke) | Written by: Rochee Jeffrey

Outstanding Guest Actor
Dave Chappelle | Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Guest Actress
Erika Alexander | Run the World

TV MOVIE/LIMITED SERIES

Outstanding TV Movie/Limited Series
I May Destroy You | HBO

Outstanding Actor
Leslie Odom, Jr. | Hamilton

Outstanding Actress
Michaela Coel | I May Destroy You

Outstanding Supporting Actor
John Boyega | “Red, White and Blue” (Small Axe)

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Weruche Opia | I May Destroy You

Outstanding Directing
“Lovers Rock” (Small Axe) | Director: Steve McQueen

Outstanding Writing
Sylvie’s Love | Written by: Eugene Ashe

TV DOCUMENTARY/MUSIC

Outstanding TV Documentary/Special
Tina | Directors: Daniel Lindsay & T.J. Martin

Outstanding Music (Comedy, Drama, Limited Series)
Hamilton

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