Black Reel Award for Outstanding Screenplay, TV Movie or Limited Series

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This page lists the winners and nominees for the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Screenplay of a Television Movie or Limited Series. As of the 2016 ceremony, Reggie Rock Bythewood is the only writer to win the award twice and David Simon is the only other person to have achieved a second nomination.

Winners and nominees

Winners are listed first and highlighted in bold.


Year Writer Film Network Ref
Ernest J. Gaines A Lesson Before Dying HBO [1]
Annie Elizabeth Delany and Sarah Louise Delany Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years CBS
Amy Schor Ferris, Ron Stacker Thompson and Ashley Tyler Funny Valentines HBO
Charles Fuller Love Songs Showtime
David Simon and David Mills The Corner HBO [2]
Tina Andrews Sally Hemings: American Scandal PBS
Lisa Jones and Terry McMillan Disappearing Acts HBO
Stewart St. John Seventeen Again Showtime
Cheryl West Holiday Heart Showtime
Reggie Rock Bythewood Dancing in September HBO [3]
Catherine Crouch and Cheryl Dunye Stranger Inside HBO
Lee Davis 3 A.M. Showtime
Shauneille Perry The Old Settler PBS
Roger Guenveur Smith A Huey P. Newton Story Starz
Paris Qualles The Rosa Parks Story CBS [4]
David Isay, LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman Our America Showtime
Art Washington Keep the Faith, Baby Showtime
Frank Military and Richard Wesley Deacons for Defense Showtime [5]
Bill Cain Sounder ABC
Trey Ellis Good Fences Showtime
J.T. Allen Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story FX [6]
Lisa Gay Hamilton Beah: A Black Woman Speaks HBO
Jim McKay Everyday People HBO
Ruben Santiago-Hudson Lackawanna Blues HBO [7]
Kevin Arkadie, Stephen Langford and Dawn Urbont Miracle's Boys TeenNick
Suzan-Lori Parks, Misan Sagay and Bobby Smith Jr. Their Eyes Were Watching God ABC
Raoul Peck Sometimes in April HBO
Alex Tse Sucker Free City Showtime
Ernie Contreras, Marcus DeLeon and Timothy J. Sexton Walkout HBO [8]
2008 N/A


Year Writer Film Network Ref
2010–12 N/A
Elizabeth Hunter Abducted: The Carlina White Story Lifetime [9]
Eric Daniel Let It Shine Disney Channel
David Martyn Conley Raising Izzie UP
Siddeeqah Powell Somebody's Child UP
Cas Sigers A Cross to Bear UP
Mara Brock Akil Being Mary Jane BET [10]
Rhonda Baraka Pastor Brown Lifetime
Caliope Brattlestreet, Stephen Glantz and Tonya Lewis Lee The Watsons Go to Birmingham Hallmark
Kate Lanier CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story VH1
Kiki Tyson Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth HBO
Reggie Rock Bythewood Gun Hill BET [11]
Stan Foster My Other Mother UP
Princess Monique Seasons of Love Lifetime
Russ Parr and R.L. Scott The Fright Night Files TVOne
Ryan Richmond Lyfe's Journey UP
John Ridley American Crime ABC [12]
Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois and Dee Rees Bessie HBO
Stacy A. Littlejohn American Crime ABC
David Simon and William F. Zorzi Show Me a Hero HBO
Clement Virgo The Book of Negroes BET
Joe Robert Cole The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story FX [13]
John Ridley American Crime ABC
Stella Meghie American Crime TV One
Christine Swanson and Rhonda Baraka Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story TV One
Joe Robert Cole The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story FX


  1. ^ 2000 Black Reel Awards
  2. ^ 2001 Black Reel Awards
  3. ^ 2002 Black Reel Awards
  4. ^ 2003 Black Reel Awards
  5. ^ 2004 Black Reel Awards
  6. ^ 2005 Black Reel Awards
  7. ^ 2006 Black Reel Awards
  8. ^ 2007 Black Reel Awards
  9. ^ "Critics Wild About Beasts". Black Reel Awards. February 8, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  10. ^ "2014 Black Reel Awards - Nominees". Black Reel Awards. December 11, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  11. ^ 2015 Black Reel Awards
  12. ^ 2016 Black Reel Awards
  13. ^ 2017 Black Reel Awards
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