Primetime Emmy Awards

Primetime Emmy [Nominee] (2000)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
For playing: "Will Walker".

Freedom Song (2000)

Primetime Emmy [Nominee] (1996)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

For episode "Red Wind". For playing "Phillip ... More

For episode "Red Wind". For playing "Phillip Marlowe".


Fallen Angels (1993)

Primetime Emmy [Nominee] (1989)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
For playing "Joshua Deets".

Lonesome Dove (1989)

Primetime Emmy [Nominee] (1988)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
For playing "Nelson Mandela".

Mandela (1987)

Acapulco Black Film Festival

Black Film Award [Nominee] (1999)

Best Actor

Beloved (1998)

American Television Awards

American Television Award [Nominee] (1993)

Best Actor in a Miniseries

Queen (1993)

Ariel Awards, Mexico

Silver Ariel [Nominee] (2017)

Best Actor (Mejor Actuación Masculina)

Sr. Pig (2016)

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Asia Pacific Screen Award [Winner] (2015)

Best Film

Rak ti Khon Kaen (2015)

Awards Circuit Community Awards

ACCA [Nominee] (2001)

Best Cast Ensemble

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

BET Awards

BET Award [Winner] (2004)

Humanitarian Award

Black Reel Awards

Black Reel [Nominee] (2014)

Outstanding Supporting Actor, TV Movie or Mini-Series

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013)

Black Reel [Nominee] (2013)

Network/Cable - Best Supporting Actor

Hannah's Law (2012)

Black Reel [Nominee] (2004)

Television: Best Actor

Good Fences (2003)

Black Reel [Nominee] (2004)

Outstanding Television or Mini-Series Film

Good Fences (2003)

Black Reel [Nominee] (2002)

Network/Cable - Best Actor

3 A.M. (2001)

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

Blockbuster Entertainment Award [Nominee] (1999)

Favorite Duo - Action/Adventure

Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

Critics Choice Award [Nominee] (2007)

Best Acting Ensemble

Dreamgirls (2006)

CableACE Awards

CableACE [Winner] (1996)

Dramatic or Theatrical Special
For "America's Dream: Long Black Song".

America's Dream (1996)

CableACE [Winner] (1996)

Actor in a Dramatic Special or Series

America's Dream (1996)

CableACE [Nominee] (1996)

Dramatic or Theatrical Special

For "America's Dream: The Boy Who Painted Christ ... More

For "America's Dream: The Boy Who Painted Christ Black".


America's Dream (1996)

CableACE [Nominee] (1996)

Dramatic or Theatrical Special
For "America's Dream: The Reunion".

America's Dream (1996)

ACE [Winner] (1989)

Actor in a Movie or Miniseries

Mandela (1987)

ACE [Nominee] (1988)

Actor in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special
For episode "John Henry"

Tall Tales & Legends (1985)

Christopher Awards

Christopher Award [Winner] (2001)

Television & Cable

Freedom Song (2000)

Daytime Emmy Awards

Daytime Emmy [Nominee] (2003)

Outstanding Directing in a Children's Special

Just a Dream (2002)

Dubai International Film Festival

Lifetime Achievement Award [Winner] (2007)


Film Independent Spirit Awards

Independent Spirit Award [Winner] (1991)

Best Male Lead

To Sleep with Anger (1990)

FilmOut San Diego, US

FilmOut Festival Award [Winner] (2017)

Best Supporting Actor

Pushing Dead (2016)

Genie Awards

Genie [Nominee] (2008)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Poor Boy's Game (2007)

Gold Derby Awards

Gold Derby TV Award [Nominee] (2008)

Drama Guest Actor

Brothers & Sisters (2006)

Gold Derby Award [Nominee] (2007)

Ensemble Cast

Dreamgirls (2006)

Image Awards (NAACP)

President's Award [Winner] (2018)


Image Award [Nominee] (2015)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Beyond the Lights (2014)

Image Award [Nominee] (2014)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013)

Image Award [Nominee] (2010)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

2012 (2009)

Image Award [Nominee] (2007)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Dreamgirls (2006)

Image Award [Nominee] (2004)

Outstanding Actor in a TV Movie, Mini-Series, or Dramatic Special

Good Fences (2003)

Chairman's Award [Winner] (2003)


Image Award [Winner] (2001)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special

Freedom Song (2000)

Image Award [Winner] (1999)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture

Beloved (1998)

Image Award [Nominee] (1998)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

The Rainmaker (1997)

Image Award [Nominee] (1998)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series

Buffalo Soldiers (1997)

Image Award [Winner] (1997)

Outstanding Television Movie or Mini-Series

Image Award [Nominee] (1996)

Outstanding Performance in an Animated/Live-Action/Dramatic Youth or Children's Series/Special
For episode "The Frog Prince".

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)

Image Award [Winner] (1995)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Mini-Series

Queen (1993)

Image Award [Nominee] (1995)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Bopha! (1993)

Image Award [Winner] (1990)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie

Mandela (1987)

Image Award [Winner] (1989)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Motion Picture

Lethal Weapon (1987)

Image Award [Winner] (1987)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

Lethal Weapon (1987)

International Documentary Association

Video Source Award [Nominee] (2009)


Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009)

Music Documentary Award [Nominee] (2009)


Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009)

Pare Lorentz Award [Nominee] (2009)


Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009)

Jamerican International Film Festival

Lifetime Achievement Award [Winner] (2002)


Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Festival President's Award [Winner] (2008)


Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival

Lifetime Achievement Award [Winner] (2003)


Monaco International Film Festival

Angel Film Award [Winner] (2005)

Best Actor

Missing in America (2005)

MTV Movie + TV Awards

MTV Movie Award [Nominee] (1999)

Best Action Sequence

For the Gibson/Glover car chase on freeway and ... More

For the Gibson/Glover car chase on freeway and through building.


Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)

MTV Movie Award [Winner] (1993)

Best On-Screen Duo

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA

NSFC Award [Nominee] (1991)

Best Actor

To Sleep with Anger (1990)

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

NYFCC Award [Nominee] (1990)

Best Actor

To Sleep with Anger (1990)

News & Documentary Emmy Awards

Emmy [Nominee] (2010)

Outstanding Informational Programming - Long Form

Trouble the Water (2008)

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

PFCS Award [Nominee] (2002)

Best Acting Ensemble

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

San Francisco International Film Festival

Piper-Heidsieck Award [Winner] (1993)


Screen Actors Guild Awards

Actor [Nominee] (2007)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Dreamgirls (2006)

Actor [Nominee] (2001)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Freedom Song (2000)

Vancouver Film Critics Circle

VFCC Award [Nominee] (2008)

Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film

Poor Boy's Game (2007)

VIFF Vienna Independent Film Festival

Golden Statuette [Winner] (2018)

Best Actor

Buckout Road (2017)

Women in Film Crystal Awards

Humanitarian Award [Winner] (1994)


World Music and Independent Film Festival

Festival Award [Winner] (2018)

Best Supporting Actor in Feature Film

Buckout Road (2017)