…….Cos you are kinda our favourites!
The 2017 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) Nominees were announced last week and the reactions have poured in; both good and bad.
You see, I love the AMVCA and though it’s a viewer’s choice awards (where popularity has the chance to skew results, I think it’s probably the most organized awards platform on the continent; and
While I’ve not really commented on the AMVCA in prior years, I believe the time is ripe for me to air my grievances about this year’s nomination list.
Combination of nominees from TV Shows, Short Films and Feature Films in the same Category.
I really don’t know why the AMVCA does this, but, apart from the Best Movie, Best TV Show, Best Short Film and a few other technical categories, nominees are usually a combination from TV/Features/Shorts.
It may be due to a lack of sufficient nominees to fill individual categories where there is a split, or a bid to control the number of categories, or an opportunity to ensure short films/TV shows get nominations where they may otherwise get none. Whatever the case, this is not a fault to the AMVCA but it’s one of the aspects I really don’t enjoy.
I do not think there’s any harm in separating the TV category altogether and including online series which have become a phenomenon, while leaving the features and shorts together (there’s bound to be more nominees from features anyways). What implementing a split does, is give room to appreciate more stuff while not boxing the voting public in.
All the nominated films that haven’t been released yet.
No.3 of the AMVCA terms and conditions states that eligible films, made for television movies or television series should have been produced ‘AND‘ broadcast or publicly exhibited between the period …..
First let’s talk about the ‘AND‘ highlighted. It connotes that not only should the film have been made in the period stipulated, it should have been broadcast or publicly exhibited within the same period.
Second.. and I know this is probably where the AMVCAs may seek refuge.. what does broadcast or publicly exhibited mean? For a viewers choice awards show, I would presume that this means that the viewers who would vote for these films should have seen the films within the period stipulated. But it appears that it means that the Feature/TV Show/Short could have been publicly screened/broadcast for a select audience (e.g. the press), or at a film festival, or something other than a proper release into cinemas, or online release, DVD release, or shown on TV? Whatever the case, some of the nominations are very questionable in light of this.
I mean why would I want to vote for something I haven’t been given an opportunity to see…. and if a film/nominee wins for a Feature/TV Show/Short that is not publicly available or hasn’t been seen by the mass public does it not just confirm that ‘popularity’ and not necessarily ‘quality’ is the key to victory at a viewers’ choice awards?
Excuse me….. the Arbitration?
See, out of all the snubs that I observed this year, the Arbitration hit me the hardest… I’m not even gonna mince my words here. You people messed up. You messed up big time with this one. Let’s get this straight.. the AMVCAs are free to nominate who they want (they did, didn’t they). My problem is that they decided to limit the film categories to Five (5) nominees, while allowing upto Seven (7) in others; even the Oscars sometimes have up to nine nominees for Best Picture. So dear AMVCA Jury, out of all the films that came out this year, you decided to first, limit your nominations to 5, then choose A Trip to Jamaica over Arbitration… SHAME!
No Best Director nomination for Niyi Akinmolayan? SHAME!
Best Writer…. A Trip Again? Someone will say I’m a hater but again I say, SHAME!!!
See… it’s a Viewers Choice Award and a lot of your categories are voted by the Public… why begin the process with already skewed nominees? If your heart was doing you wai wai because A Trip To Jamaica is the current highest grossing film in Nigeria, you could have just increased the number of nominations and allowed the voting public do whatever skewing necessary. Again I say… SHAME!
So dear AMVCAs, please let’s end this nonsense and not let it repeat next year, remember… you have a good reputation but it has been hit big by the disparities in this set of nominations.
Without further Ado though, below is the full list of nominations… for some of the categories, we have highlighted who our favorites are to win:
Best Supporting Actress
Ivie Okujaye – Something Wicked (Haven’t seen this…)
Somkele Idhalama – 93 Days
Adunni Ade – It’s Her Day
Ebele Okaro – Four One Love
Kehinde Bankole – 8 Bars and a Clef (We loved her in this though)
Khanyi Mbau – Happiness is a Four Letter Word
Namonde Mbusi – Vaya (And her too)
Best Supporting Actor In A Drama (Movie/TV series)
Gideon Okeke – 93 Days
Warren Masemole – Vaya
Kofi Adjorlolo – Ghana Must Go
Mpho Sebeng – The Jakes Are Missing
Rotimi Salami – Just Not Married
Nkem Owoh – Ghana Must Go
Elsaphan Njora – Kati Kati
Best Art Director
76 – Pat Nebo
93 Days – Bola Bello
Oloibiri – Chima Adighije
Happiness is a Four Letter Word – Gary Smith
Ghana Must Go – Godwin Ashong
Best Soundtrack/ Original Score
Oloibiri – Rex Ricketts
93 Days – George Kallis, Tunde Jegede and Banky W
No Good Turn – Brymo
The Encounter – Michael ‘The Truth’ Ogunlade
76 – Hyacinth Ogbu, Daps Agwom, Ukachi Nnachi (this was really good as well)
Mrs Right Guy – Adze Ugah
93 Days – Yinka Edward
Happiness is a Four Letter Word – Lance Gewer
Oloibiri – Curtis Graham
76 – Yinka Edward
Best Actress in a Drama (Movies/TV Series)
Bimbo Akintola – 93 Days (It seems like its her award right?)
Ivie Okujaye – Slow Country (Was Slow Country Publicly Exhibited/Broadcast in the period under review and will it even hit cinemas before voting closes?)
Rita Dominic – 76 (Oh we loved Riri in this)
Adesua Etomi – The Arbitration
Zimkhita Nyoka – Vaya (Oh, she was amazing but who’s gonna vote for her considering Vaya may not even hit cinemas anywhere before the AMVCA awards show!)
Meg Ottamwa – Derailed
Hannah Ojo – Love is A Prank
Best Actor in a Drama
RMD – Oloibiri
Ramsey Nouah – 76
Sambasa Nzeribe – Slow Country (my sentiments remain on this)
Gregory Ojefua – The Encounter (I really liked this but does he stand a chance against the heavyweights in the features…. well maybe)
Olu Jacobs – Oloibiri
Femi Jacobs – Femi Jacobs (I guess he’s nominated for everything he did during the period and just being Femi Jacobs)
Best Actress in a Comedy
Tina Mba – Meet the In-Laws (Ehnn… sorry o, but we haven’t met the in-laws yet)
Uche Jombo – Wives on Strike
Dineo Moeketsi – Mrs Right Guy
Chioma Akpotha – Wives on Strike
Funke Akindele – Jenifa’s Diary (Kudos to all the other nominees but Funke keeps slaying with this one)
Funke Akindele – A Trip to Jamaica
Omoni Oboli – Wives on Strike
Best Actor in a Comedy
Imeh Umoh Bishop – The Boss is Mine
Ayo Makun – A Trip to Jamaica
Bovi Ugboma – It’s Her Day
Blossom Chukwujekwu – Ghana Must Go
Mike Ezuruonye – Brother Jekwu
Okey Uzoeshi – The Life of a Nigerian Couple (But we know that AY has a better chance of winning this)
Amechi Munagor – Meet the In-Laws
76 – Emmanuel Okomaiyi (Awesome but Vaya!!!)
The CEO – Tunde Babalola (I have my issues with this one)
A Trip to Jamaica – AY Makun (Edakun, what are you looking for in this category?)
Oloibiri – Samantha Iwowo
Ghana Must Go – Tunde Babalola
Vaya – Akin Omotoso
Best Movie West Africa
76 (As they refused to nominate my Fave but even with that, you still got this)
A Trip to Jamaica
Best Movie South Africa
Mrs Right Guy
Happiness is a Four Letter Word
Vaya (Just because you’re the only one we have seen…. we still question why you’re nominated though)
The Jakes are Missing
All About Love
Best Movie East Africa
Best Overall Movie
Mrs Right Guy
Happiness is a Four Letter Word
Best Short Film or Online Video
Meet the Parents
Light Diaries: Spin Around
Makoko: Futures Afloat
Amaka’s Kin: The Women of Nollywood
Petra’s Nebatean Heritage
Best Picture Editor (Movie/TV series)
Oloibiri – Nnodim Chigozie, Paula Peterson
Vaya – Vuyani Sondlo
76 – Emeka Ojukwu
Happiness is a Four Letter Word – Nicholas Costaras, Melanie Jankes Golden
93 Days – Antonio Ribeiro
Best Costume Designer
76 – Pat Egwurube
Oloibiri – Dele Akinleye, Chelsea Oliver
Ghana Must Go – Chiemela Nwagboso, Asantewa Clara Adjoa
Casino – Shileola Ibironke, Mojisola Sapara
King Invincible – Obijie
Best Indigenous Language TV series/movies (Igbo)
Best Indigenous Language TV series/movies (Hausa)
Yaki Da Zuciya
Best Indigenous Language TV series/movies (Yoruba)
Somwhere in The Dark – Abiodun Jimoh, Jumoke Odetola
Ode Iku – Samsideen Adesiyan
Ajoke Aiye – Olaide Olabanji
Tobajewo – Omirefa Titus
Iman – Oluwatoyin Bankole
Best Indigenous Language TV series/movies (Swahili)
Siri Ya Mtungi
Best TV series
Jenifa’s Diary (talk about going global)
Sokhulu and Partners season 3
Beneath the Lies
Beyond Your Sight: The Police Story
Best Lighthing Designer (Movies/TV series)
93 Days – Elliot Sewape
Oloibiri – Amisu Alade, Edwin Lau
76 – Yinka Edwards
Happiness Is A Four Letter Word – Lance Gewer Sasc
A Trip To Jamaica – Fabian Hooks
Best Sound Editor (Movies/TV series)
93 Days – Pius Fatoke, Mzukisi Mtshiselo
Oloibiri – Mike Barnitt
76 – Solomon Emmanuel
Mrs Right Guy – Jean Niemandt
Vaya – Richard Mohlari, Dave Hawkins
Best Make Up Artiste (Movies/TV series)
76 – Chinwe Elovah
Oloibiri – Hakeem Onilogbo Ajibola, Perekeme Odon
Umililo – Ronwyn Jarrett
93 Days – Thema Ozzy Smith, Lola Maja-Okojevoh, Adetunmi Imoteda
Happiness Is A Four Letter Word- Dianne Allen
Mrs Right Guy – Adze Ugah
93Days – Steve Gukas
Oloibiri – Curtis Graham
76 – Izu Ojukwu
A Trip to Jamaica – Robert O Peters
Ghana Must Go – Frank Rajah
Remember, the highlighted ones are just our faves to win, and to ensure your favorites win, you have to VOTE for them.
Sound off in the comments.