Black Reel Awards of 2013

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13th Black Reel Awards
DateFebruary 7, 2013
LocationWashington, D.C.

The 2013 Black Reel Awards, which annually recognize and celebrate the achievements of black people in feature, independent and television films, took place in Harlem, New York on February 7, 2013. Middle of Nowhere lead the pack with 9 nominations and Steel Magnolias lead the television nominees with 7. Over 25 categories were announced this year. Previously retired categories that returned included: Outstanding Voice Performance, Outstanding Supporting Actor & Actress in a TV Movie, Outstanding Directing & Writing in a TV Movie/Mini-Series. Whitney Houston earned a posthumous nomination in the Outstanding Song category for her duet with Jordin Sparks in the film Sparkle.

Beasts of the Southern Wild was the big winner in the motion picture category taking home four awards including Outstanding Picture and Actress (Quvenzhane Wallis). Django Unchained came a close second with three wins including one for Outstanding Supporting Actor (Samuel L. Jackson). Abducted: The Carlina White Story was the biggest winner in the television category with four wins. In a surprise win, TV One's A Beautiful Soul pulled in upset win for Outstanding Television Movie over heavily nominated TV movies Steel Magnolias and Raising Izzie.

Quvenzhane Wallis and Ava DuVernay were multiple winners each winning two awards.

Winners and nominees[edit]

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 Best Ensemble (Awarded to Casting Directors)
Best Original or Adapted Song
Outstanding Original Score Best Voice Performance
Best Screenplay, Adapted or Original Best Independent Short
  • The Bluest Note – Maruqes Green
    • CrossoverTina Mabry
    • Last/First Kiss – Andrea Ashton
    • Record/Play – Jesse Atlas
    • White Space – Maya Washington
Best Feature Documentary Best Independent Documentary
  • Soul Food JunkiesByron Hurt
    • BMF: The Rise and Fall of Hip-Hop Drug Empire – Dan Sikorski
    • Contradictions of Fair HopeS. Epatha Merkerson and Rockell Metcalf
    • From Fatherless to Fatherhood – Kobie Brown
    • Justice for Sale – Femeke and Isla van Velzen
Best Independent Feature Best Foreign Film
Best Television Documentary or Special Best 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 Director in a Television Miniseries or Movie Outstanding Screenplay in a TV Movie or Limited Series