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"How 2 Steal 2 Million" Tops Winners At The 8th Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act April 23, 2012 at 10:40AM

Among the highlights of last nights celebration in Lagos, Nigeria, which was hosted by Jimmy Jean-Louis, South African Charlie Vundla picked up the Best Director trophy for his feature film debut, the film noir thriller How 2 Steal 2 Million (photo above), which we've written about quite a bit on S&A.
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Still From 'How To Steal 2 Million'
Still From 'How To Steal 2 Million'

Among the highlights of last nights celebration in Lagos, Nigeria, which was hosted by Jimmy Jean-Louis, South African Charlie Vundla picked up the Best Director trophy for his feature film debut, the film noir thriller How 2 Steal 2 Million (photo above), which we've written about quite a bit on S&A.

And, by the way, the film won a total of 4 awards, the most awarded film of the night, including Best Film, Best Supporting Actress (Terry Pheto) and Best Achievement In Editing (Gareth Fradgely).

Nigeria’s Benin-set historical epic Adesuwa picked up a total of 3 awards, for Costume Design, Visual Effects, and Best Nigerian Film.

Toussaint Louverture was named Best Diaspora Film.

Man on Ground, a Nigerian/South African xenophobia-themed coproduction, won the Special Jury Award – given for only the third time since the inception of AMAAs – and Best Supporting Actor for South African Fana Mokoena.

Nigeria’s Rita Dominic was named Best Actress for her role in the Kenyan film Shattered, and Ghanaian Majid Michel won Best Actor for his role in Somewhere in Africa.

Nigeria was the most awarded country on the night, receiving 12 awards, followed closely by South Africa with 10.

AMAA received 328 entries from all across Africa in 2012, up from 220 in 2011. Dr. Asantewa Olantunji, director of programming of The Pan African Film Festival, headed this year's jury, which included June Giavanni, programmer for Planet Africa at The Toronto International Film Festival; Keith Shiri, founder and film curator at the London festival, Africa at The Pictures; Dorothee Wenner, a curator at The Berlin Film Festival; Shaibu Husseini, an actor, dancer and The Nigerian Guardian arts journalist; Steve Ayorinde, editor-in-chief of The Daily Mirror; Ayoko Babu, executive director of The Pan African Film FestivalDr. Hyginus Ekwuazi, a film scholar and critic; and directors Berni Goldblat and John Akomfrah, OBE

As the jury statement said, “This year may prove to be the beginning of a new era for AMAA. Not only did AMAA witness an unprecedented number of film submissions, from more countries throughout the African continent and its Diaspora, it also witnessed a remarkable increase in the quality of the films submitted. From their technical qualities to the acting and directing, the 2012 film slate is most impressive. Indeed, for the jury, the task of selecting the  “Best” in each category has been challenging. The competition in most categories was very strong and our decisions reflect much thought and debate. The jury is also impressed by the quality and diversity of the storylines of the films presented. The decolonization of African films and images is well underway. As never before, we see films that tell real stories: inspired by, reflective of and crafted by the people, by whom and for whom they were made.

Black Hollywood was also represented as Lynn WhitfieldMorris ChestnutRockmond Dunbar, and Maya Gilbert were amongst the present.

AMAA 2011 PRIZE FOR BEST FILM
1.  State Of Violence - South Africa
2.  Adesuwa  - Nigeria
3.  Otelo Burning – South Africa
4.  Rugged Priest - Kenya
5.  How 2 Steal 2 Million - South Africa
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU4NgNSbi-U)
6.  Ties That Bind - Ghana
7.  Man On Ground - South Africa/Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST SHORT FILM
1. Jamaa – Uganda
2. Look Again – Kenya
3. Maffe Tiga – Guinea
4. Braids On Bald Head – Nigeria
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxXtql9eIzI)

5. Hidden Life – South Africa
6. Mwansa The Great - Zimbabwe
7. Chumo – Tanzania
8. The Young Smoker - Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
1.  African Election – Nigeria/Germany
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC_6PDuJRXs)

2.  Beyond The Deadly Pit – Rwanda
3.  Awa Ogbe: An African Adventure – Algeria
4.  Dear Mandela – South Africa
5.  White& Black; Crime And Colour – Tanzania
6.  The Niger Delta Struggle – Ghana
7.  There Is Nothing Wrong With My Uncle –Nigeria
8.  How Much Is Too Much – Kenya

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST DIASPORA FEATURE
1.  Toussaint Louverture – Senegal/Guadalupe
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m415YfsUBQs)
2.  Ghett'a Life - Jamaica
3.  High Chicago - Canada
4.  Elza - Guadalupe
5.  Better Mus' Come - Jamaica
6.  Kinyanrwanda - USA

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST DIASPORA DOCUMENTARY
1.  The Education Of Auma Obama - Germany
2.  White Wash - USA
3.  Almendron Mi Corazon - Guadalupe
4.  All Me: The Life And Times Of Winfred Hubert - USA

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST DIASPORA (SHORT FILM)
1.  John Doe - USA
2.  White Sugar In A Black Pot -USA
3.  The Lost One -USA

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST ANIMATION
1.  The Legend on Ngong Hills – Kenya
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuAHyx3iY1s)

2.  Oba - Nigeria
3.  Climate Change is Real – Kenya
4.  Egu – South Africa
5.  Nauliza - Kenya

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST FILM BY AN AFRICAN LIVING ABROAD
1.  Mystery Of Birds – USA/Nigeria
2.  Housemates – UK/Nigeria
3.  Ben Kross – Italy/Nigeria
4.  Paparazzi Eye In The Dark – USA/Nigeria/Ghana

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
1.  Somewhere in Africa - Ghana
2.   Phone Swap – Nigeria
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC_un9NgnG0)

3.   Otelo Burning – South Africa
4.   Adesuwa - Nigeria
5.   How 2 Steal 2 Million - South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
1.  The Captain Of Nakara - Kenya
2.  Adesuwa – Nigeria
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5oF3D8t8M0)
3.  Rugged Priest -Kenya
4.  Somewhere In Africa - Ghana
5.  Queen's Desire - Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKE-UP
1.  Rugged Priest - Kenya
2.  State Research Bureau - Uganda
3.  Adesuwa - Nigeria
4.  Somewhere In Africa - Ghana
5.  Shattered – Kenya
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w1k_tZ3LJ0)

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUNDTRACK
1.  Otelo Burning – South Africa
2.  Alero’s Symphony – Nigeria
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGoiAQWR5Ws)

3.  Adesuwa - Nigeria
4.  How 2 Steal 2 Million - South Africa
5.  Somewhere In Africa – Ghana

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
1.  Behind The Mask - Nigeria
2.  Somewhere In Africa - Ghana
3.  Adesuwa – Nigeria
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5oF3D8t8M0)

4.  State Research Bureau - Uganda
5.  Otelo Burning – South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
1.  State Of Violence – South Africa
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnGU7SMtcPU)
2.  Otelo Burning – South Africa
3.  How To Steal 2 Million - South Africa
4.  Man On Ground - South Africa/Nigeria
5.  Algiers Murder - South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
1.  How 2 Steal 2 Million - South Africa
2.  Otelo Burning – South Africa
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gek4b3x0TTQ)
3.  Rugged Priest - Kenya
4.  Masquerades - Ghana
5.  Man On Ground – South Africa/Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
1.  Algiers Murder - South Africa
2.  Man On Ground - South Africa/Nigeria
3.  Unwanted Guest – Nigeria
4.  How 2 Steal 2 Million- South Africa
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU4NgNSbi-U)
5.  Otelo Burning – South Africa
6. Alero’s Symphony - Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR ACHIEVEMENT IN SCREENPLAY
1.  Ties That Bind – Ghana
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e45wtc4QT0)
2.  Mr & Mrs - Nigeria
3.  How 2 Steal 2 Million - South Africa
4.  Otelo Burning –South Africa
5.  Unwanted Guest -Nigeria
6.  Two Brides And A Baby - Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST NIGERIAN FILM
1.  Unwanted Guest -Nigeria
2.  Family On Fire - Nigeria
3.  Alero’s Symphony - Nigeria
4.  Adesuwa – Nigeria
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5oF3D8t8M0)

5.  Phone Swap – Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST FILM IN AN AFRICAN LANGUAGE
1.  Chumo - Tanzania
2.  State Of Violence - South Africa
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnGU7SMtcPU)
3.  Family On Fire - Nigeria
4.  Otelo Burning - South Africa
5.  Asoni - Cameroon

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST CHILD ACTOR
1.  Rahim Banda (Behind The Mask) - Nigeria
2.  Tshepang Mohlomi  (Otelo Burning) – South Africa
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gek4b3x0TTQ)

3.  Reginna Danies (Bank Job) - Nigeria
4.  Benjamin Abemigisha (Jamaa) - Uganda
5.  Rachel Nduhukire (Jamaa) - Uganda
6.  Ayinla O. Abdulaheem (ZR-7) - Nigeria

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST YOUNG/PROMISING ACTOR
1.  Neo Ntatleno (State Of Violence) – South Africa
2.  Ivie Okujaye (Alero’s Symphony) – Nigeria
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGoiAQWR5Ws)

3.  Iyobosa Olaye (Adesuwa) – Nigeria
4.  Martha Ankomah (Somewhere In Africa) - Ghana
5.  Thomas Gumede (Otelo Burning) – South Africa
6.  Sihle Xaba (Otelo Burning) – South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1.  Rapulana Seiphemo (How 2 Steal 2 Million) – South Africa
2.  Fana Mokoena (Man On Ground) – South Africa/Nigeria
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7syzEXy2ZM) 
3.  Hafiz Oyetoro (Phone Swap) - Nigeria
4.  Okechukwu Uzoesi (Two Brides And A Baby) - Nigeria
5.  Godfrey Theobejane (48) - Nigeria
6.  Lwanda Jawar (Rugged Priest) – Kenya

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
1.  Terry Pheto (How 2 Steal 2 Million) – South Africa
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU4NgNSbi-U)
2.  Ebbe Bassey (Ties That Bind) - Ghana
3.  Empress Njamah (Bank Job) - Nigeria
4.  Ngozi Ezeonu (Adesuwa) - Nigeria
5.  Thelma Okoduwa (Mr & Mrs) - Nigeria
6.  Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (Ties That Bind) - Ghana

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
1.  Menzi Ngubane (How 2 Steal 2 Million) – South Africa
2.  Majid Michel (Somewhere In Africa) – Ghana
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBzhN1pIxyo)

3.  Chet Anekwe (Unwanted Guest) - Nigeria
4.  Jafta Mamabolo (Otelo Burning) – South Africa
5.  Karabo Lance (48) - South Africa
6.  Wale Ojo (Phone Swap) - Nigeria
7.  Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Man On Ground) – Nigeria/South Africa

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
1.   Nse Ikpe Etim (Mr & Mrs) - Nigeria
2.  Yvonne Okoro (Single Six) - Ghana
3.  Ama K. Abebrese (Ties That Bind) - Ghana
4.  Rita Dominic (Shattered) – Nigeria
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w1k_tZ3LJ0)

5.  Uche Jombo (Damage) - Nigeria
6.  Millicent Makheido (48) – Nigeria
7.  Kudzai Sevenzo-Nyarai (Playing Warriors) - Zimbabwe

AMAA 2012 PRIZE FOR BEST DIRECTOR
1.  Lancelot Oduwa Imaseun (Adesuwa) - Nigeria
2.  Leila Djansi (Ties That Bind) - Ghana
3.  Bob Nyanja (Rugged Priest) - Kenya
4.  Charlie Vundla (How 2 Steal 2 Million) – South Africa
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU4NgNSbi-U)
5.  Khalo Matabane (State Of Violence) – South Africa
6.  Akin Omotoso (Man On Ground) – South Africa/Nigeria
7.  Sara Bletcher (Otelo Burning) – South Africa

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Man on Ground - South Africa/Nigeria
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7syzEXy2ZM)

For more information, visit http://www.ama-awards.com/.  


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