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The 2010 African Movie Academy Awards: Winners, Re-Cap, Dresses!

By toksala
April 12, 2010

The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) may be the biggest awards fest on a huge continent, heralding a coming golden age in African cinema. But in only their sixth year they’re still a big, crazy party — without the usual filter of press fluff and PR sheen.

While festival organizers promised that this year (unlike last) the awards would be “hitch free” — in fact, 30 celebs of the Ghanaian delegation were stranded in Bayelsa Nigeria, where the fest took place on April 10th, because their return flights had never been booked.

Perhaps they should have asked Silvia Tapiwa Gwaza, the Malawian actress who snagged “Best Performance in a Leading Role” to help out. After all, Gwaza was a crew member for Air Malawi for 13 years before she resigned and then ended up starring in Malawi’s Seasons of a Life.

But these grounded celebs seemed like the only “hitch” this year, when 24-awards were doled out with no other bloopers. The Figurine, which we’ll review this week here at MTV Iggy, snagged the Best Picture as was expected from the film that took 3-months to produce (much longer than the average African production). AMAA director of operations Tony Anih said the fest is meant to honor such films, “It’s the quality and not quantity that is most important” — quality that can be lost in the hundreds of Nollywood features that come out yearly.

The Awards fest is organized by the African Film Academy to improve the quality of local cinema, even flying in experts to counsel local filmmakers. (It recently brought out four international creative designers to work with Nigerian production crews.) They’ve also sponsored winning films to go to the Berlin, Cannes, and Toronto film fests.

“Beyond the glamour of the award, it is expected that the talents discovered would be used to correct the wrong impression about the African continent,” said Governor Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa at yesterday’s Awards Ceremony. “I hope they would be used to switch the paradigm from the negative to the positive story of the African people and culture.”

Check out the full list of winners and nominees below!

Film insiders gathered earlier this year to hear the nominees being read. Photo Credit: AMAA

BEST PICTURE
1. Seasons of a life (Malawi)
2. The Tenant (Nigeria)
3. The Perfect Picture (Ghana)
4. The Figurine (Nigeria)
5. I sing of a well (Ghana)

BEST DIRECTOR
1. Shemu Joyah- Seasons of a life
2. Shirley Frimpong-Manso- The Perfect Picture
3. Kunle Afolayan – Figurine
4. Leila Jewel Djansi – I sing of a well
5. Jude Idada and Lucky Ejim – The Tenant

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
1. Bimbo Akintola- Freedom in Chains
2. Jackie Apia – The Perfect Picture
3. Stephanie Okereke- Nnenda
4. Flora Suya – Seasons of a life
5. Akofa Edjeani Asiedu – I sing of a well

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
1. Lucky Ejim – The Tenant
2. Majid Michael – Sin of a soul
3. Ramsey Nouah – Figurine
4. Odera Ozoka – Soul Diaspora
5. John Osie Tutu Agyeman – I Sing of a well

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1. Godwin Kotey- I sing of a well
2. Francis Duru – Nnenda
3. Yemi Blaq – High Blood Pressure
4. Adjatey Anang – The Perfect Picture

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1. Doris Sakitey – A sting in a Tale
2. Funlola Aoifeyebi-Raimi – Figurine
3. Tapiwa Gwaza – Seasons of a life
4. Yvonne Nelson – Heart of Men

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CHILD ACTOR
1. Teddy Onyago and Bill Oloo- Togetherness Supreme
2. Tobi Oboli – The Figurine
3. Feyisola Ewulomi – Champions of our Time
4. Treasure Obasi – Champions of our Time
5. Mfanafuthi Magudulela – Game of my life

MOST PROMISING ACTRESS
1. Martha Kisaka – Togetherness Supreme
2. Chelsea Eze – Silent Scandal
3. Martha Ankomah – Sins of the Soul
4. Ashionye Michelle Ugboh- Jungle Ride
5. Rahema Nanfuka – Imani

MOST PROMISING ACTOR
1. Wilson Maina – Togetherness Supreme (Kenya)
2. Wale Ojo – The Child (Nigeria)
3. John Dumelo – Heart of men (Ghana)
4. Pethro Tumba Mbole – A game of my life (South Africa)
5. Sunny Chikezie – Lilies of the Ghetto (Nigeria)

BEST FILM IN AFRICAN LANGUAGE
1. Omo Iya Kan – (Nigeria)
2. Aldeweden – (Ethiopia)
3. Togetherness Supreme – (Kenya)
4. Imani – (Uganda)
5. Game of my life – (South Africa)

HEART OF AFRICA AWARD (FOR BEST NIGERIAN FILM)
1. Nnenda by Izu Ojukwu
2. Freedom in Chain by Bond Emeruwa and Fred Amata
3. The Child by Izu Ojukwu
4. Figurine by Kunle Afolayan
5. High Blood Pressure by Teco Benson

BEST DOCUMENTARY

1. Wanba Ngoma (Tanzania)
2. Peace Wanted Alive (Kenya)
3. Bariga Boys(Nigeria)
4. En quette d’identite (Burkina Faso)
5. Innovating for Africa (Nigeria)

BEST SHORT FILM
1. Mahala – (Mozambique)
2. The Abbys Boys –(South Africa)
3. The Painter – (Uganda)
4. Suara La – (Nigeria)
5. The Camera (Nigeria)

BEST ANIMATION
1. Hanayns Shoe (Egypt)
2. Adventure of Alayo (Nigeria)
3. Zoodo – (Burkina Faso)
4. Lyrics – (Algeria)
5. One Step of Love (Algeria)

BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN FILMMAKER IN DIASPORA
1. Soul Diaspora
2. Okra Principle
3. China Wahala
4. Crunch

AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
1. The Tenant
2. Seasons of a life
3. Perfect Picture
4. I sing of a well
5. Soul Diaspora

AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
1. Seasons of a life
2. The Child
3. Perfect Picture
4. Heart of Men
5. Lilies of the Ghetto

AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION
1. I sing of a well
2. Fulani
3. The Child
4. Figurine
5. Imani

AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP
1. Heart of Men
2. The Child
3. The King is Mine
4. I sing of a well
5. Fulani

AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME
1. Perfect Picture
2. Prince’s bride
3. The Child
4. I sing of a well
5. Lilies of the Ghetto

AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECT
1. The Child
2. Figurine
3. A sting in a tale
4. Fulani
5. Heart of Men

Best ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
1. Seasons of a life
2. Imani
3. A sting in a tale
4. The Child
5. Figurine

BEST SCREENPLAY
1. Seasons of a life
2. The Tenant
3. Freedom In chains
4. Guilty Pleasure
5. I sing of a well

AMAA ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
1. The Perfect Picture
2. Figurine
3. I sing of a well
4. The Child
5. The Tenant

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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