HBO’s Watchmen and Insecure were the big winners of the 4th Black Reel Awards for Television, with five and three wins each, respectively. For Watchmen, it won every category it had a nominee in including Outstanding TV Movie/Limited Series, Outstanding Actress, TV Movie/Limited Series for Regina King and Outstanding Supporting Actor, TV Movie/Limited Series for Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Insecure picked up Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Actress for Issa Rae and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Yvonne Orji. The freshman season of High Fidelity, which was just canceled by Hulu, won Outstanding Writing, shared by star Zoe Kravitz and E.T. Feigenbaum.
Other multiple winners were NBC’s This Is Us, which won Outstanding Actor for Sterling K. Brown and Outstanding Writing and FX’s Pose, which won Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Directing for the episode “In My Heels” directed by Janet Mock.
The Black Reel Awards, or “BRAs”, is an annual American awards ceremony hosted by the Foundation for the Augmentation of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF) to recognize the excellence of African-Americans, as well as the cinematic achievements of the African diaspora, in the global film industry, as assessed by the Foundation’s voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, officially called the Black Reel Award. The awards, first presented in 2000 in Washington, DC, are overseen by FAAAF.
Here is the full list of winners.
- Outstanding Comedy Series: Insecure (HBO)
- Outstanding Actor, Comedy Series: Don Cheadle, Black Monday
- Outstanding Actress, Comedy Series: Issa Rae, Insecure
- Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
- Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Yvonne Orji, Insecure
- Outstanding Directing, Comedy Series: Dear White People – “Chapter V” (Cheryl Dunye)
- Outstanding Writing, Comedy Series: High Fidelity – “Uptown” (E.T. Feigenbaum & Zoe Kravitz)
- Outstanding Guest Actor, Comedy Series: Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live
- Outstanding Guest Actress, Comedy Series: Maya Rudolph, The Good Place
- Outstanding Drama Series: Pose (FX)
- Outstanding Actor, Drama Series: Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
- Outstanding Actress, Drama Series: Zendaya, Euphoria
- Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Giancarlo Esposito, Godfather of Harlem
- Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Thandie Newton, Westworld
- Outstanding Directing, Drama Series: Pose – “In My Heels” (Janet Mock)
- Outstanding Writing, Drama Series: This Is Us – “A Hell of a Week: Part One” (Jon Dorsey)
- Outstanding Guest Actor, Drama Series: Chad L. Coleman, All American
- Outstanding Guest Actress, Drama Series: Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder
TV Movie/Limited Series Categories
- Outstanding TV Movie/Limited Series: Watchmen (HBO)
- Outstanding Actor, TV Movie/Limited Series: Blair Underwood, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker
- Outstanding Actress, TV Movie/Limited Series: Regina King, Watchmen
- Outstanding Supporting Actor, TV Movie/Limited Series: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen
- Outstanding Supporting Actress, TV Movie/Limited Series: Lexi Underwood, Little Fires Everywhere
- Outstanding Directing, TV Movie/Limited Series: Watchmen – “This Extraordinary Being” (Stephen Williams)
- Outstanding Writing, TV Movie/Limited Series: Watchmen – “If You Don’t Like My Story, Write Your Own” (Damon Lindelof & Christal Henry)
TV Documentaries/Specials & Music Categories
- Outstanding TV Documentary or Special: The Last Dance (ESPN)
- Outstanding Music: The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel (Marianne Goode & Emma Rose Isley, music supervisors)