The Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film (FAAAF) announced its nominees for the 15th Annual Black Reel Awards Wednesday morning. Justin Simien's "Dear White People" and Ava DuVernay's "Selma" led the way with 10 nominations each. They were joined by "Belle," "Beyond the Lights" and "Top Five" in the organization's best picture category.

Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced on Feb. 22, 2015. And learn more about what's going on this season at The Circuit.


Outstanding Motion Picture
"Beyond the Lights"
"Dear White People"
"Top Five"

Outstanding Actor
Chadwick Boseman, "Get on Up"
David Oyelowo, "Selma"
Nate Parker, "Beyond the Lights"
Chris Rock, "Top Five"
Denzel Washington, "The Equalizer"

Outstanding Actress
Rosario Dawson, "Top Five"
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, "Belle"
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, "Beyond the Lights"
Tessa Thompson, "Dear White People"
Quvenzhané Wallis, "Annie"

Outstanding Supporting Actor
Nelsan Ellis, "Get On Up"
David Oyelowo, "A Most Violent Year"
Tyler Perry, "Gone Girl"
Wendell Pierce, "Selma"
Michael K. Williams, "The Gambler"

Outstanding Supporting Actress
Viola Davis, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby"
Carmen Ejogo, "Selma"
Teyonah Parris, "Dear White People"
Zoe Saldana, "Guardians of the Galaxy"
Octavia Spencer, "Snowpiercer"

Outstanding Director
Amma Asante, "Belle"
Gina Prince-Bythewood, "Beyond the Lights"
Ava DuVernay, "Selma"
Chris Rock, "Top Five"
Justin Simien, "Dear White People"

Outstanding Screenplay (Original or Adapted)
Gina Prince-Bythewood, "Beyond the Lights"
John Ridley, "Jimi: All is by My Side"
Chris Rock, "Top Five"
Misan Sagay, "Belle"
Justin Simien, "Dear White People"

Outstanding Documentary
"Anita: Speaking Truth to the Power"
"I Am Ali"
"Keep on Keepin’ On"
"Time is Illmatic"

Outstanding Ensemble (Awarded to Casting Directors)
"Dear White People"
"Get On Up"
"Top Five"

Outstanding Foreign Film
"Difret" (Ethiopia)
"The Double!" (U.K.)
"Fishing Without Nets" (Kenya)
"Freedom Road" (South Africa)
"Half of a Yellow Sun" (Nigeria)

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male
Brandon Bell, "Dear White People"
David Gyasi, "Interstellar"
Andre Holland, "Selma"
Stephan James, "Selma"
Tyler James Williams, "Dear White People"

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female
Jillian Estell, "Black or White"
Patina Miller, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1"
Teyonah Parris, "Dear White People"
Amber Stevens, "22 Jump Street"
Kuoth Wiel, "The Good Lie"

Outstanding Voice Performance
Vin Diesel, "Guardians of the Galaxy"
Morgan Freeman, "The LEGO Movie"
Maya Rudolph, "Big Hero 6"
Zoe Saldana, "The Book of Life"
Damon Wayans Jr., "Big Hero 6"

Outstanding Score
"Black or White"
"Dear White People"
"Jimi: All is by My Side"
"Beyond the Lights"

Outstanding Original Song
"It Ain’t Easy" from "Top Five"
"It’s On Again" from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"
"Glory" from "Selma"
"Grateful" from "Beyond the Lights,"
"What is Love" from "Rio 2"

Outstanding Independent Feature
"Christmas Wedding Baby"
"The Retrieval"
"Una Vida: A Fable of Music and the Mind"

Outstanding Independent Documentary
"25 to Life"
"Evolution of a Criminal"
"Let the Fire Burn"
"Oscar Micheaux: The Czar of Black Hollywood"
"Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People"

Outstanding Independent Short
"The Voodoo"

(Check out the TV nominees on the next page.)

Kristopher Tapley has covered the film awards landscape for over a decade. He founded In Contention in 2005. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London and Variety. He begs you not to take any of this too seriously.