The African Magic Viewers Choice Awards is undoubtedly one of the most highly acclaimed awards that celebrate talent and hard work and creativity in the African movie industry.
The nominations for the 2017 AMVCA just got released and as with every list, there are pleasant surprises and the very unpleasant ones.
This particular list had a lot of shortcomings in the Nollywood movies nominated which elicited a lot of mixed reactions.
It is definitely no surprise that ’76, Oloibiri and 93 days had a lot of nominations. Good work should and must be recognized.
- But is a hard wrenching surprise that a movie like ‘A Trip To Jamaica’ was getting nominated in a category like Best Movie alongside movies like 93 days and ’76. Even Ayo Makun was nominated for best writer for ATTJ. Okay did I watch the same movie as the people who sent in these nominations or have the criteria suddenly changed? Please, we should encourage mediocrity because of execellent brand management and PR.
- What is Mike Ezuronye doing on the list for best actor in a comedy for Brother Jekwu? One of the reasons ATTJ did not digest well with me is not only because of its sorry plot but because it was based on a Nigerian leaving his country to go abroad and misbehave. Now Mike Ezuronye has rebranded Osuofia in London and went to Kenya to disgrace his ancestors and we applaud it.
- Yinka Edwards is in mortal combat fight with his double self and three other warriors all because of His amazing work as the cinematographer for firework movies ’76 and 93 days. Yes, he also has a nomination for the best sound editor for ’76. Amazeballs right?
- I have always admired Ivie Okujaye ever since I got to appreciate her role in the TV series ‘Hotel Majestic’. She is a brilliant actress and even though some people are raising their brows because she got nominated for both Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress in a drama, I am super excited for her.
- This one wasn’t much of surprise that CEO got only two nominations. Kunle Afolanyan is brilliant but this one isn’t one of his best works.
- What happened to The Arbitration? It got only one nomination and even the director Niyi Akinmolayan was missing from the list. Well…
- I am sad that Segun Ajayi did not get nominated for that stellar performance in Suru L’ere. Even though we are still debating if Suru L’ere is good enough worth mentioning as a great movie, Segun was brilliant as an actor in the movie but I guess the general assertion of the movie did a number on his getting nominated.
- I will reserve my comments on Jenifa’s Diary and Funke Akindele
- Some nominations do not take you by surprise so when you see RMD, Rita Dominic, Bimbo Akintola sitting in some categories, you smile and move ahead.
- ’76 got the highest number of AMVCA nominations, 14 followed by 93 Days with 12 nods, Oloibiri with 10 nods and Akin Omotosho’s Vaya with 7 nods (including double nominations in some categories).
What are your thoughts? What other shocking surprises did you notice? See full list HERE