Nominations for Tressie Awards Now Open!

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San Francisco, CA, January 31, 2009 –The Tressie Souders Awards honors and recognizes the achievements of Black women in film, television and media. Individuals in the film, television and media industries are nominated by peers and the general public.

Black women have excelled in the film, television and media industries, but rarely are their achievements noted. The Tressies recognizes those women who have used their craft to combat negative stereotyping of Black women.

Hollywood has its awards like the SAG, Golden Globes and Academy Awards, but Black women barely break the ranks to be nominated, or even to win. The Tressies gives these women the opportunity to show their craft, network, and be honored by their peers and fans!

Join us in nominating such luminaries as Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Sophie Okonedo, Thandie Newton, and many others!

Nominations end on March 31, 2009 at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be picked by April 30, 2009.

The deadline for choosing a winner will coincide with the award host’s call for films deadline.

The Tressie Souders Awards are hosted by the International Black Women’s Film Festival.



Nominations – Best Movie (2007-2008)

Things We Lost in the Fire – Halle Berry
The Secret Life of Bees – Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Sophie Okonedo, & Jennifer Hudson
Grindhouse – Rosario Dawson
Seven Pounds – Rosario Dawson
Vantage Point – Zoe Saldana
W – Thandie Newton
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End – Naomie Harris
Cadillac Records – Beyonce Knowles
Perfect Stranger – Halle Berry
Hairspray – Queen Latifah
Meet the Browns – Angela Bassett
Run, Fat Boy, Run – Thandie Newton
Balls of Fury – Aisha Tyler
How She Move – Rutina Wesley
The Great Debaters – Jurnee Smollett

Nominations – Best Director for a Movie

Julie Dash – Daughters of the Dust
Maya Angelou – Down in the Delta
Ayoka Chenzira – Alma’s Rainbow
Gina Prince-Bythewood – Secret Life of Bees
Hanelle Culpepper – Within
Cheryl Dunye – Watermelon Woman
Sanaa Hamri – Something New
Leslie Harris – Just Another Girl on the I.R.T.
Kasi Lemmons – Eve’s Bayou
Shelia Norman – Reunion

Nominations – Best Movie Actress

Angela Bassett
Alicia Keys
Queen Latifah
Halle Berry
Sophie Okonedo
Beyonce Knowles
Jennifer Hudson
Rosario Dawson
Taraji P. Henson
Joy Bryant
Kerri Washington
Meagan Goode
Jurnee Smollett
Thandie Newton

Nominations – Best Supporting Actress in a Movie

Sophie Okonedo – Martian Child
Meagan Good – The Unborn
Taraji P. Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Meagan Goode – Saw V
Beyonce Knowles – Cadillac Records
Jennifer Hudson – Sex and the City
Angela Bassett – Notorious
Rosario Dawson – Seven Pounds
Jada Pinkett Smith – The Women
Jurnee Smollett – The Great Debaters

Nominations – Best Comedy (Movie)

Mad Money – Queen Latifah
Meet the Browns – Angela Bassett
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins – Mo’Nique
Madagascar 2 – Jada Pinkett Smith
Balls of Fury – Aisha Tyler
Run, Fat Boy, Run – Thandie Newton
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins – Joy Bryant
Talk to Me – Taraji P. Henson
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins – Mo’Nique

Nominations – Best Online Magazine

Clutch Magazine –
Lady Caprice Magazine –
Africana Pop –
Trace Magazine –

Nominations – Best Actress in a Cable Series

Salli Richardson – Eureka (SciFi)
Sonja Sohn – The Wire (HBO)
CCH Pounder – The Shield (F/X)
Freema Agyeman – Doctor Who (BBC)
Lauren Velez – Dexter (HBO)
Rutina Wesley – True Blood (HBO)
Adina Porter – True Blood (HBO)

Nominations – Favorite Cable Reality Series Featuring a Black Woman

“Project Runway” – BRAVO
“America’s Next Top Model” – UPN
“I Love New York” – VH1
“I Want to Work for Diddy” – VH1
“The Way It Is” – BET

Nominations – Best Documentary on Public Television Featuring a Black Woman

“Jubilee Singers: Sacrifice and Glory”
“Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun”
“Ida B. Wells: A Passion for Justice”
“Shirley Chisholm: Unbought & Unbossed”

Nominations – Best Actress in a Comedy on Television
“Ugly Betty” (ABC) – Vanessa Williams
“New Adventures of Old Christine” (CBS) – Wanda Sykes
“The Game” (CW) – Tia Mowry
“Everybody Hates Chris” (CW) – Tichina Arnold
“The Office” (NBC) – Mindy Kaling
“The Office” (NBC) – Rashida Jones
“30 Rock” (NBC) – Sherri Shepard

Most Nominated
Most Nominated Overall

Angela Bassett
The Great Debaters

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BBC America
Black Entertainment Television