The 2012 edition of the African Movie Academy Awards was nothing short of a constellation of the crème de la crème the film industry in Africa had to offer and the glam associated with the annual event was further accentuated by the presence of seasoned movie veterans from Hollywood.
Dubbed ‘Africa Rising’, the 2012 AMAAs had a whopping 328 entries from film makers across different African countries with South Africa’s ‘Otelo Burning’ getting the highest nomination with 13 nods.
Among the bevy of African thespians in the diaspora that graced the red carpet of AMAA 2012 was Emmy award winner and Golden Globe nominee Lynn Whitfield ( The Josephine Baker Story and Without a Trace), Morris Chestnut(American Horror Story, Boys in the Hood), Rockmond Dunbar( Prison Break, Sons of Anarchy), Maya Gilbert (General Hospital, Days of Our Lives) and Heroes star Jimmy Jean-Louis who co-hosted the prestigious awards.
Lancelot Imasuen’s ‘Adesuwa’, ‘Othelo Burning’ and ‘How to Steal 2 million’ were the highest winning films on the night with three awards each in various categories.
After four years of consecutive nominations, Ghanaian star Majid Michael finally picked his first AMAA as he emerged ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ for his performance in ‘Somewhere in Africa’ while sultry Nigerian screen goddess, Rita Dominic picked the same award in the female category for her role in ‘Shattered’.
Performances from Yinka Davies, Senegal’s Vivian Ndour, Asa and 2Face Idibia swathed the Expo Centre of Eko Hotel and Suites with excitement and was the perfect icing on the cake for a night revered as the largest and most prestigious awards ceremony for the African film industry.
AMAA 2012 Winners List:
*Best Short Film-Braids on a Bald Head( Nigeria)
*Best Documentary- African Election(Nigeria/ Germany)
*Best Diaspora Feature- Toussaint Louventure(France)
*Best Documentary in Diaspora- The Education of Auma Obama(Germany)
*Best Diaspora (Short Film)- White Sugar in a Black pot(USA)
*Best Animation- The Legend of Ngog Hills(Kenya)
*Best Film by An African Living Abroad- Mystery of Birds
*Achievement in Production Design- Pat Nebo (Phone Swap, Nigeria)
*Achievement in Costume Design-Ogochukwu Okechi (Adesuwa, Nigeria)
*Achievement in Make Up- Sarah Wanjiru (Shattered, Kenya)
*Achievement in Soundtrack- Faze( Alero’s Symphony, Nigeria)
*Achievement in Visual Effects- Victor Ehi-Amedu(Adesuwa, Nigeria)
*Achievement in Sound- Jim Petrack( State of Violence, S.A)
*Achievement in Cinematography -Lance Gewer( Otelo Burning,S.A)
*Achievement in Editing- Mick Audsley ( How to Steal 2 Million,S.A)
*Achievement in Screenplay-Leila Djansi( Ties That Bind, Ghana)
*Best Nigerian Film- Adesuwa(Nigeria)
*Best Film in An Africa Language- State of Violence (South Africa)
*Best Child Actor- Tshepang Mohlomi( Otelo Burning, South Africa)
*Best Young/ Promising Actor-Ivie Okujaye ( Alero’s Symphony, Nigeria)
*Best Actor in a Supporting Role- Fano Mokoena ( Man on Ground, S.A)
*Best Actress in a Supporting Role- Terry Pheto (How to Steal 2 Million, S.A)
*Best Actor in a Leading Role- Majid Michael (Somewhere in Africa, Ghana)
*Best Actress in a Leading Role- Rita Dominic( Shattered, Nigeria)
*Best Director- Charlie Vundla( How to Steal 2 million)