Sunday, April 11, 2010

Thoughts on the 2010 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) winners

The 2010 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) winners have been announced. I got to know about the winners through the AMAA's Facebook page while discussing it with another friend. How cute? Social networking all the way! Ghanaian movies did quite well but I think the Nigerian movie, Figurine, stole the show. Someone please get me that movie. You know I'll write a good review :-)
Ghanaian movies did well. Perfect Picture picked up a bunch of awards as well as I Sing Of a Well (ISOAW) which took home two. "A Sting In a Tale" (ASIAT) also won one.

Here is the full list of winners; and in bold is who I predicted would/should win since I haven't seen all the movies.

BEST DOCUMENTARY - 3. Bariga Boys(Nigeria)
Not sure what this is about but it's a must see.

BEST SHORT FILM - 2. The Abbys Boys -(South Africa)
I guess this makes up for the few South African nominations. Lekker.

BEST ANIMATION - 1. Hanayns Shoe (Egypt)
It's nice to see an Egyptian movie win something. Just saying. Bravo.

BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN FILMMAKER IN DIASPORA - 1. Soul Diaspora
I picked this movie to win. Because it had Diaspora in the name. Easy

BEST FILM IN AFRICAN LANGUAGE - 4. Imani (Uganda)
I saw the trailer for this movie and it looks like it will be goood. Can't you just hear th Idi-Amin voice saying Uganda oye? Uganda oye!

HEART OF AFRICA AWARD FOR BEST FILM FROM NIGERIA - 4. Figurine by Kunle Afolayan
Easiest choice. Congrats Kunle. Figurine ends up being the big winner at the AMAAs. Have you been able to see this movie online? No, what does that tell you?

AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND - 4. I sing of a well
ISOAW picks up this one though I thought PP might have won. Congrats to the ISOAW crew. The movie is just so well-done. Period.

AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING - 2. The Child
Haven't seen it but congrats to them.

AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION - 2. Fulani
Hmm, art direction and the word Fulani just seem to go.

AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP - 2. The Child
Haven't seen it but congrats to them 2.0

AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME - 4. I sing of a well
Guessed this right too. ISOAW is a classic. I can't wait till the day it will premiere on GTV. Yes, GTV, because they can be found everywhere in the nation, unlike AfricaMagic. Congrats Leila and crew.

AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECT - 2. Figurine
Well, from the trailer, this also makes sense how they'd win. Have to show the spirit in a good visual way. You know Africans are defensive about spirits/ghosts/angels/devils in their movies.

Best ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK - 3. A sting in a tale
I completely agree here. Shirley has done a remarkable job with the soundtrack for all her movies and it was nice to see ASIAT win here. Strange thing is I feel the Perfect Picture soundtrack was better, but it actually didn't get nominated.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CHILD ACTOR - 1. Teddy Onyago and Bill Oloo- Togetherness Supreme
This Kenyan movie eh! Somebody please. Tafadhali! How do you say please in Luo?

MOST PROMISING ACTRESS - 2. Chelsea Eze - Silent Scandal & 5. Rahema Nanfuka - Imani
Chelsea is foine! I wanna meet her. I predicted correctly, she was awesome in her role. Funny thing is we were wondering why folks like Genevieve and Ini Edo weren't nominated. Genevieve played Chelsea's mother in Silent Scandal.

MOST PROMISING ACTOR - 1. Wilson Maina - Togetherness Supreme (Kenya)
I will be counting on my Kenyan friends to buy this movie. Yes, I want to buy it. It's winning awards, it deserves my money. Kenya makes movies my people, at least they haven't come up with some redonkulous name like Kollywood. If you hear Kollywood somewhere, don't blame me.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - 4. Adjetey Anang - The Perfect Picture
Exciting huh! I think Adjetey Anang, popularly called Pusher from his 'Things We do for love' days is one of the best actors in Ghana. He is grand in PP.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - 3. Tapiwa Gwaza - Seasons of a life
Malawi in the house! I need to see this movie too. Malawi is not all about William Kamkwamba. Kudos!

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE - Jackie Appiah, Lydia Forson and Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku - The Perfect Picture
So one of three leading ladies from PP won this. I thought they were all nominated together. Congrats Jackie. You shined in Perfect Picture. So Akofa didn't win. Nsem pii.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE - 3. Ramsey Noah - The Figurine.
So we've all known Ramsey for ages and he's still going strong. When he, Genevieve, Omotola, and Nkem Owoh were banned from Nollywood around 2004 and the other three went to make music, he stuck to his acting roots. Yes, it's paid off. I really wanna see Figurine.

BEST SCREENPLAY -
hasn't been announced yet but I hope 5. I sing of a well wins.

AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY - 2. Figurine
Actually, one of you has to know Kunle's facebook profile. Own it up and let's go.

BEST PICTURE - 4. The Figurine (Nigeria)
Now that you have it, post a comment with the link.

BEST DIRECTOR - 2. Shirley Frimpong-Manso - The Perfect Picture
I believed Shirley would win and she did. Congrats Madam. Easily one of the best Ghanaian movies ever. How can you not love this movie? It walks over all African home movies. Kind of. It birthed the soft-porn trailers for Ghanaian movies except they did it well and other movies didn't get the script. Congrats Shirley and all those involved in this production. I heard Checkmate is awesome and I hope you bring us another movie before the year ends. I can't wait to see Checkmate. Check.
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