Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Trailer: UP Original Movie 'My Other Mother' (Lynn Whitfield, Essence Atkins, Jasmine Guy) Debuts 9/21 Trailer: UP Original Movie 'My Other Mother' (Lynn Whitfield, Essence Atkins, Jasmine Guy) Debuts 9/21 Premiere Date for 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' + Elise Neal Cast as Gladys Knight Premiere Date for 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' + Elise Neal Cast as Gladys Knight Wendy Williams is Crushing the Competition in the Ratings, as Queen Latifah's Show Struggles In Last Place Wendy Williams is Crushing the Competition in the Ratings, as Queen Latifah's Show Struggles In Last Place The Cast of 'A Different World' 20 Years Later - 'Oprah: Where Are They Now?' The Cast of 'A Different World' 20 Years Later - 'Oprah: Where Are They Now?' Sundance Institute Selects 10 Writers for Inaugural Episodic Story Lab Sundance Institute Selects 10 Writers for Inaugural Episodic Story Lab Lamman Rucker, DB Woodside, Billy Dee Williams, Christian Keyes Lead 'Man in 3B' (Based on Carl Weber Bestseller) Lamman Rucker, DB Woodside, Billy Dee Williams, Christian Keyes Lead 'Man in 3B' (Based on Carl Weber Bestseller) Tribeca Film Announces 'Nas: Time is Illmatic' One Night Only October 2 National Screenings Tribeca Film Announces 'Nas: Time is Illmatic' One Night Only October 2 National Screenings The Complete ‘Extant’ Series w/Halle Berry Coming Out On Blu-Ray DVD in Dec. The Complete ‘Extant’ Series w/Halle Berry Coming Out On Blu-Ray DVD in Dec. 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Premieres on HBO Tonight (Trailer) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Premieres on HBO Tonight (Trailer) Producer Charles Belk and Actress Daniele Watts Apparently "Fit the Description" (Just Another Day in the Neighborhood) Producer Charles Belk and Actress Daniele Watts Apparently "Fit the Description" (Just Another Day in the Neighborhood) What’s the Big Secret That Got Those ‘No Good Deed’ Screenings Canceled? What’s the Big Secret That Got Those ‘No Good Deed’ Screenings Canceled? 'Drumline: A New Beat' (Sequel to the 2002 Film) Gets a Premiere Date + New Trailer (Watch It) 'Drumline: A New Beat' (Sequel to the 2002 Film) Gets a Premiere Date + New Trailer (Watch It) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) 'Terror at the Mall,' Documentary on Siege of Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, Coming to HBO (Trailer) Watch First Trailer for Tyler Perry's New OWN TV Drama 'If Loving You Is Wrong' Watch First Trailer for Tyler Perry's New OWN TV Drama 'If Loving You Is Wrong' OWN Announces Cast for New Drama Series 'If Loving You is Wrong' From Tyler Perry OWN Announces Cast for New Drama Series 'If Loving You is Wrong' From Tyler Perry Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut Eyeing Leads In Revenge Thriller 'The Perfect Guy' Michael Ealy, Sanaa Lathan, Morris Chestnut Eyeing Leads In Revenge Thriller 'The Perfect Guy' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Lifetime Launches New Series Set In Elite World Of Hip-Hop Majorette Competitions (Watch Preview) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Time Magazine Blows Up The Box, Votes Ameena Matthews & Khomotso Manyaka As Top 2011 Performances

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act January 2, 2012 at 1:00PM

From a list penned by Richard Corliss, senior writer for Time magazine, highlighting 2011's best big screen performances, I was absolutely shocked to see these 2 names make the short list of 5 on the women's side: Ameena Matthews and Khomotso Manyaka. 
2
Ameena-Khomotso

From a list penned by Richard Corliss, senior writer for Time magazine, highlighting 2011's best big screen performances, I was absolutely shocked to see these 2 names make the short list of 5 on the women's side: Ameena Matthews and Khomotso Manyaka

Who are they you asked? We've written about them before, and the films both are in: first 13-year old Khomotso Manyaka (although she was likely 11 years old when the film was actually shot in 2009) who starred in the South African family drama Life, Above All, which I saw earlier this year and praised (MsWOO also saw it and was also impressed by it in her review). The young lady carries the entire film; I don't think there's a single scene in the almost 2 hour movie that she isn't in. So its success depended almost entirely on her performance, and whether you believe her or not. I did. It's a solid performance for a kid, given the weight she's asked to carry here! Several others agree with me apparently, as the film reportedly received a 10-minute standing ovation when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and was shortlisted by the Academy Awards committee in the Best Foreign Feature Film category; it also received acclaim at the Toronto Film Festival, Dubai Film Festival, and others. And it won 6 Awards at the South African Film And Television Awards (SAFTA’s), including Best Lead Actress in A Feature Film by the 13 year-old star. And what's even more impressive about all this is that, this was her very first film!! 

But she's certainly not showing up on any mainstream lists of strong performances... until now anyway. So kudos to Richard Corliss and Time magazine for the recognition. Khomotso deserves it.

Second is Ameena Matthews who was the heartbeat of Steve James' critically-acclaimed documentary The Interrupters, a film we've talked about maybe even more than Life, Above All. Although, I have a problem with Corliss calling Ameena's role in the film a "performance," which suggests she was acting, which wasn't the case. This is a documentary based on real-life subjects and events. Ameena is a real-life screen heroine as the film shows; courageous and inspirational as a violence interrupter with the Chicago organization CeaseFire, which mediates disputes to prevent gang violence from escalating. But I understand; Corliss is highlighting her efforts, which should be applauded, so I won't nitpick, but felt that I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that little detail.

As Corliss notes, the film didn't make the Academy's short list of nominees for Best Documentary, which many felt was snob.

But once again, kudos to Corliss and Time magazine for not going entirely with trends, and being unpredictable with their top 5s.

Granted Meryl Streep and the cast of The Help made the cut too; but Corliss could have certainly gone with some other favorites to fill out the rest of his top 5 list, and instead went with two *unknowns* - black *unknowns* too.

See Time magazine's top 5 performers (male and female) HERE

This article is related to: Awards


Shadow & ActNewsletter