AMAA 2012 Winners list : Rita Dominic beats Nse IKpe Etim to emerge as Best Actress in a leading role!

After series of PR gymnastics, the 2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards ceremony finally took place at the prestigious Expo Hall of the Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos. Jimmy Jean-Louis and O.C. Ukeje were the hosts, with musical performance by TU Face, Asa and Yinka Davies. We’ve never been thrilled by numerous nominations a filmmaker or the film bags during the build up to the main event, as precedents have shown the opposite.Many tend to walk away with a laughable number of awards in contra-distinction to the numerous nominations envisaging a major carting away of awards.

Last night was really no different with “How To Steal 2 Million” bagging awards for (Best Film, Best Director, Supporting Actress,and Editing. Lancelot Oduwa Imaseun’s “Adesuwa” got three awards (Best Costume Design, Visual Effects and Nigerian Film) out of ten nominations.

Otelo Burning by Sara Bletcher merely had a disappointing two awards (Cinematography and Best Child Actor (Tsepang Mohlomi) having led the list with 13 nominations. Rita Dominic, out of the blues many would opine, won the Best actress in a leading role, while Ghanian sensation, Majid Michael won the Best Actor in a leading role.

Anyway here’s the full list of AMAA 2012 Nominees and Winners:

Best Short Film category.
Nominees:
Jamaa – Uganda,
Look Again, Kenya,
Maffe Tiga – Guinea,
Braids on a Bald Head – Nigeria (winner)
Hidden Life – South Africa
Mwansa the Great – Zambia
Chumo – Tanzania
Young Smoker –

Best Documentary category
Nominees:
African Election – Nigeria/Germany (winner)
Beyond the Deadly Pit – Rwanda
Awa Ogbe: An African Adventure – Algeria
Dear Mandel -South Africa
White & Black,Crime & Colour -Tanzania
The Niger Delta Struggle – Ghana
There’s nothing wrong with my uncle -Nigeria

Best Diaspora Feature
Nominees:
Toussaint Loventure – France (winner)
Ghetta Life – Jamaica
High Chicago – Canada
Elza – Guadaloupe
Better Must Come – Jamaica
Kinyanrwanda – USA

Best Diaspora Documentary
Nominees:
The Education of Auma Obama – Nig/Germany (winner)
White Wash – USA
Almendron mi Corazon – Guadaloupe
The Life and Times of Winfred Hubert

Best Short Film in Diaspora
Nominees:
John Doe – USA
White Sugar in a Black Pot – USA (winner)
The Lost One – USA

Best Animation
Nominees:
The Legend of Ngog Hills – Kenya (winner)
Oba – Nigeria
Climate Change is Real – Kenya
Egu – Ghana
Nauliza Why – Kenya

Best Film by An African Living Abroad.
Nominees:
Mystery of Birds – US/Nigeria (Winner)
Housemates – UK/Nigeria
Ben Kross – Italy/Nigeria
Paparazzi Eye in the Dark – USA/Nigeria/Ghana

Best Achievement in Production Design
Nominees:
Somewhere in Africa – Ghana
Phone Swap – Nigeria (winner)
Otelo Burning -South Africa
Adesuwa – Nigeria
How to Steal 2 Million – Africa

Achievement in Costume Design
Nominees:
The Captain of Nakara
Adesuwa – (winner)
Rugged Priest
Somewhere in Africa
Queens Desire

Achievement in Makeup
Nominees:
Rugged Priest – Kenya
State Research Bureau – Uganda
Adesuwa – Nigeria
Somewhere in Africa – Ghana
Shattered – Kenya (winner)

Best Achievement in Soundtrack.
Nominees:
Otelo Burning – South Africa
Alero’s Symphony – Nigeria (winner)
Adesuwa – Nigeria
How to Steal 2M – South Africa
Somewhere in Africa – Ghana

Prize for Achievement in Visual Effects
Nominees:
Behind the Mask – Ghana
Somewhere in Africa – Ghana
Adesuwa -Nigeria (winner)
State Research Bureau – Uganda

Best Achievement in Sound
Nominees:
State Of Violence – South Africa (winner)
Otelo Burning – South Africa
How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa
Man On Ground – South Africa
Algiers Murder – South Africa

Achievement in Cinematography
Nominees:
How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa
Othello Burning – South Africa (winner)
Rugged Priest – Kenya
Masquerades – Ghana
Man On Ground – South Africa/Nigeria

Achievement in Editing
Nominees:
Algiers Murder – South Africa
Man On Ground – South Africa/Nigeria
Unwanted Guest – Nigeria
How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa (winner)
Otelo Burning – South Africa
Alero’s Symphony – Nigeria

Best Child Actor
Nominees:
Rahman Junior Bande (Greg) – Behind The Mask
Tsepang Mohlomi (Ntwe) – Otelo Burning (winner)
Reginna Danies (Jenny) – Bank Job
Benjamin Abemigisha & Racheal Nduhukire (Derick And Margaret) – JAMAA
Ayinla O. Abdulaheem – Zr-7

Achievement In Screenplay
Nominees:
Ties That Bind – Ghana (winner)
Mr & Mrs – Nigeria
How To Steal 2 Million – South Africa
Otelo Burning – South Africa
Unwanted Guest – Nigeria
Two Brides And A Baby – Nigeria

Best Actress In A Supporting Role
Nominees:
Terry Phetto –How To Steal 2 Million (winner)
Ebbe Bassey –Ties That Bind
Empress Njamah –Bank Job
Ngozi Ezeonu –Adesuwa
Thelma Okoduwa –Mr & Mrs
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde – Ties That Bind

Best Actor In A Supporting Role
Nominees:
Rapuldna Seiphemo (Twala) – How to Steal 2 Million
Fano Mokoena – Man on Ground (winner)
Hafiz Oyetoro – Phone Swap
Okechukwu Uzoesi – Two Brides and a Baby
Godfrey Theobejane – 48
Lwanda Jawar –Rugged Priest

Best Film
Nominees:
State Of Violence (South Africa)
Adesuwa (Nigeria)
Otelo Burning (South Africa)
Rugged Priest (Kenya)
How to Steal 2 Million (South Africa) (winner)
Ties That Bind (Ghana)
Man on Ground (South Africa/Nigeria)

Best Nigerian Film
Nominees:
Unwanted Guest
Family On Fire
Alero’s Symphony
Adesuwa (winner)
Phone Swap

Best Promising Actor
Nominees:
Neo Ntatleno (Oj) – State Of Violence
Ivie Okujaye (Alero) – Alero’s Symphony (winner)
Iyobosa Olaye (Adesuwa) – Adesuwa
Martha Ankomah – Somewhere In Africa
Thomas Gumede& Sihle Xaba – Otelo Burning

Best Film In An African Language
Nominees:
Chumo (Tanzania)
State Of Violence (South Africa) (winner)
Family On Fire (Nigeria)
Otelo Burning (South Africa)
Asoni (Cameroun)

Best Actress In A Leading Role
Nominees:
Nse Ikpe Etim – Mr & Mrs
Yvonne Okoro – Single Six
Ama K. Abebrese – Ties That Bind
Rita Dominic – Shattered (winner)
Uche Jombo – Damage
Millicent Makheido – 48
Kudzai Sevenzo-Nyarai – Playing Warriors

Best Actor In A Leading Role
Nominees:
Menzi Ngubane – How to Steal 2 Million
Majid Micheal – Somewhere In Africa (winner)
Chet Anekwe – Unwanted Guest
Jafta Mamabolo – Otelo Burning
Karabo Lance – 48
Wale Ojo – Phone Swap
Hakeem Kae-Kazim – Man on Ground

Best Director
Nominees:
Adesuwa – Lancelot Oduwa Imaseun
Ties That Bind – Leila Djansi
Rugged Priest – Bob Nyanja
How to Steal 2 Million – Charlie Vundla (winner)
State Of Violence – Khalo Matabane
Man on Ground – Akin Omotoso
Otelo Burning – Sara Bletcher

Special jury Award : Akin Omotosho

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