Second-year drama from executive producer Ava DuVernay scores 14 nominations
Atlanta paces the comedy categories with 10 nods; Donald Glover receives six nominations
(Washington, DC, June 14, 2018) One year after coming up short to the popular NBC drama, This Is Us, voters embraced the second season of the critically-acclaimed OWN drama, Queen Sugar to the tune of a record-breaking 14 Black Reel Awards for Television nominations.
The show which follows the Bordelon clan surged to record heights largely on the strength of several intriguing storylines that captivated viewers and weekly left them on the edge of their seats. In addition to scoring Outstanding Drama Series, for the second year in a row, Queen Sugar received multiple nominations for nearly its entire ensemble including Outstanding Actress, Drama nods for both Dawn Lyen-Gardner and last year’s winner Rutina Wesley, Outstanding Actor, Drama for Kofi Siriboe, Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama nods for Dondre Whitfield and Omar J. Dorsey, and Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama nomination for Bianca Lawson.
DuVernay’s all-female cast of directors and writers also were acknowledged for their groundbreaking work picking up nominations for Cheryl Dunye (Outstanding Directing, Drama Series) for her episode, “Fruit of the Flower;” Ava DuVernay and Monica Macer & Davita Scarlett for “Dream Variations” and “Heritage,” respectively. Queen Sugar also scored several nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor, Drama Series for Alimi Ballard and Roger Guenveur Smith, while Michael Michele secured a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress, Drama Series. The momentum even extended to the music as music supervisor, Liza Richardson took home the series final nod for Outstanding Music (Comedy, Drama, Limited Series.
Click HERE to read the rest of the nominees for the 2nd Annual Black Reel Awards for Television