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Akeelah and the Bee

Rated PG for some language.

PG In Theaters 04/28/2006 , 107min.
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Plot & Details

A young girl learns to believe in herself and value her intelligence in this critically-acclaimed, family-friendly drama. Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) is an 11-year-old being raised by her mother, Tanya (Angela Bassett), who was left on her own after the death of her husband. While Akeelah is a very bright girl, she's hardly a star student and seems afraid of acting like a bookworm around her friends and classmates. However, Akeelah's teacher sees genuine potential in her student and encourages her to enter the school's spelling bee, convinced Akeelah has the brains and the talent to win. Akeelah applies herself and emerges victorious in the local competition, but discovers the going gets tougher when she goes to a statewide bee, studying for the regionals under the aegis of strict English teacher Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne), who consents to act as her coach A college professor who was a spelling-bee champ as a child, Larabee is a stubborn taskmaster who questions Akeelah's ability and commitment, but in time he develops a respect for his pupil and helps her prove her talent as she climbs the ladder to the National Spelling Bee. Meanwhile, Tanya feels intimidated when she finds the contests are dominated by children from wealthy families and privileged backgrounds, and argues that the competition may not be in Akeelah's best interest, believing instead that homework should be the one and only priority in Akeelah's life. It soon becomes apparent that if Akeelah has any intention of entering the national spelling bee championships in Washington, D.C., she will not do so with Tanya's permission or blessing. This marks the first onscreen reunion of Bassett and Fishburne since their Academy Award-nommed performances as Ike Turner and Tina Turner in Brian Gibson's 1993 biopic, What's Love Got to Do with It.

Black Reel Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress Angela Bassett Nominated
2006 Black Reel Awards Best Picture Nominated
2006 Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actor Laurence Fishburne Nominated
2006 Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Keke Palmer Nominated
2006 Black Reel Awards Best Original Score Aaron Zigman Nominated
2006 Black Reel Awards Best Actress Keke Palmer Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Live Action Family Film Nominated
2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Actress Keke Palmer Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Keke Palmer Nominated

Rome International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Rome International Film Festival In Competition Nominated

Tribeca Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Tribeca Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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