Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female

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This page lists the winners and nominees for the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female. The award was originally part of the category Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, but was divided in the 2014 ceremony. Lupita Nyong'o's performance in 12 Years a Slave is currently the only Academy Award-nominated or winning performance also honored with a nomination or win at the Black Reel Awards.

Winners and nominees

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.

† indicates an Academy Award–winning performance.
‡ indicates an Academy Award–nominated performance that same year.


Year Actress Film Ref
Lupita Nyong'o 12 Years a Slave [1]
Melonie Diaz Fruitvale Station
Danai Gurira Mother of George
Lindiwe Matshikiza Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tashiana Washington Gimme the Loot
Teyonah Parris Dear White People [2]
Jillian Estell Black or White
Patina Miller The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Amber Stevens 22 Jump Street
Kuoth Wiel The Good Lie
Kiersey Clemons Dope [3]
Chanel Iman Dope
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez Tangerine
Assa Sylla Girlhood
Mya Taylor Tangerine


  1. ^ "2014 Black Reel Awards - Nominees". Black Reel Awards. December 11, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  2. ^ 2015 Black Reel Awards
  3. ^ 2016 Black Reel Awards
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