SOUND OF MUSIC's Audra McDonald Among Nominees for 2014 Black Reel Awards
Five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Porgy & Bess, Ragtime, 110 in the Shade), who portrayed Mother Abbess in NBC's live broadcast of THE SOUND OF MUSIC has received a 2014 Black Reel Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress, TV Movie or Mini-Series.
Her stunning performance of 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain' stopped the show and even brought tears to the eyes of her co-star Carrie Underwood.
McDonald won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her role of 'Bess' in THE GERSWIN's PORGY AND BESS. She earned three Tony Awards by the age of 28 - for her performances in Carousel, Master Class, and Ragtime. She was nominated for another Tony Award for her performance in Marie Christine before she won her fourth in 2004 for her role in A Raisin in the Sun. She reprised her Raisin role for a 2008 television adaptation, earning her a second Emmy Award nomination.
Her first Emmy nod came in 2001 for her performance in HBOs Wit. Fans of the small screen also regognize McDonald from her work on ABC's Private Practice.
The full list of nominations for the 2014 Black Reel Awards follows:
Outstanding Actor, Motion Picture
Outstanding Actress, Motion Picture
Outstanding Supporting Actor, Motion Picture
Outstanding Supporting Actress, Motion Picture
Outstanding Director, Motion Picture
Outstanding Screenplay (Adapted or Original), Motion Picture
Fruitvale Station: Ryan Coogler
12 Years a Slave: John Ridley
Black Nativity: Kasi Lemmons
The Best Man Holiday: Malcolm D. Lee
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete: Michael Starrbury
Despicable Me 2: Pharrell Williams (Performer & Writer)
For the song "Happy"
Lee Daniels' The Butler: Fantasia Barrino (Performer & Writer)
For the song "In The Middle of the Night"
Lee Daniels' The Butler: Gladys Knight (Performer), Lenny Kravitz(Writer)
For the song "You and I Ain't No More"
12 Years a Slave: Alicia Keys (Performer & Writer)
For the song "Queen of the Field (Patsey's Song)"
20 Feet from Stardom: Judith Hill (Performer & Writer)
For the song "Desperation"
Outstanding Independent Documentary
Lenny Cooke: Ben Safdie (Director), Joshua Safdie (Director)
The New Black: Yoruba Richen (Director)
I Want My Name Back: Roger Paradiso (Director)
Lee Daniels' The Butler: Leah Daniels (Casting Director), Billy Hopkins (Casting Director)
Fruitvale Station: Nina Henninger (Casting Director)
12 Years a Slave: Francine Maisler (Casting Director)
The Best Man Holiday: Julie Hutchinson (Casting Director)
42: Victoria Thomas (Casting Director)
Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Female
12 Years a Slave: Lupita Nyong'o
Fruitvale Station: Melonie Diaz
Gimme the Loot: Tashiana Washington
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: Lindiwe Matshikiza
Mother of George: Danai Gurira
Outstanding Breakthrough Performance, Male
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete: Skylan Brooks
Captain Phillips: Barkhad Abdi
42: Chadwick Boseman
Blue Caprice: Tequan Richmond
Short Term 12: Keith Stanfield
Outstanding Voice Performance
Outstanding Actor, TV Movie or Mini-Series
Outstanding Actress, TV Movie or Mini-Series
Outstanding Supporting Actor, TV Movie or Mini-Series
Outstanding Supporting Actress, TV Movie or Mini-Series
Outstanding Director, TV Movie or Mini-Series