’76, Others Win Big At AMAA 2017



Nigerian historical drama, ’76 has won three awards out of eight nominations it received at the 2017 African Movie Academy Awards, held on Saturday at EKO Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. The Izu Ojukwu-directed flick won best production design, achievement in production and Lagos state award for best Nigerian film.

Felicite, a French drama film won six awards, the most of all the contenders.  A movie about a nightclub singer who grapples to pay for her son’s treatment after a road accident, snagged up awards in three of the five major categories.

It won best film, best actress in a leading role, and best supporting actor.

Vaya, the most nominated (ten) movie picked up three awards, which include best director for Akin Omotoso and best screenplay while Queen of Katwe won two out of its eight nominations.

In total, Nigeria won nine awards, inclusive of the special recognition honour given to veteran comic-actor Nkem Owoh.

Some of the celebrities that attended the event  include  Olu Jacobs, Bimbo Akintola, Ramsey Nouah, among others.

Also, Shina Peters performed at the award ceremony.


Here is the full list of winners.


Best short film

A Place For Myself (Rwanda) & A Place In the Plane (Senegal)

Best animation

Got Flowers (Nigeria)

Best documentary

Mama Colonel (DRC)

Best film in an African language

Felicite (Senegal)

Best film by an African living abroad

While We Live (Burkina Faso/Sweden)

Best diaspora short

90 Days (US) & Kbela (Brazil)

Achievement in production design

’76 (Nigeria)

Achievement in costume

Queen of Katwe (Uganda)

Achievement in makeup

Oloibiri (Nigeria)

Best production

’76 (Nigeria)

Best soundtrack

Felicitè (Senegal)

Achievement in sound

Vaya (South Africa)

Achievement in cinematography

The Last Of Us (Tunisia)

Achievement in editing

Felicitè ( Senegal)

Achievement in screenplay

Vaya (South Africa)

Lagos state award for best Nigerian film

’76 (Nigeria)

Best young/promising actor

Medina Molanga (Queen of Katwe)

Tony Elumelu award for best comedy

3 Wise Men (Nigeria)

Best actress in a supporting role

Angelique Kidjo (CEO: Nigeria)

Best actor in a supporting role

Papi Mpaka (Felicitè: Senegal)

AMAA lifetime achievement award

Nkem Owoh (Nigeria)

Best actress in a leading role

Vero Tshanda (Felicitè: Senegal)

Best actor in a leading role

Jahwar Soudani (The Last of Us: Tunisia)

Best first feature film by a director

Daouda Coulibaly (Wulu: Mali)

Best director

Akin Omotosho (Vaya: South Africa)

Best film

Felicitè (Senegal)

Special recognition award

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