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Saturday, September 22, 2012
Majid, Leila Djansi Top Ghana Movie Awards
Majid Michel displaying his award at the ceremony
Ghanaian actor Majid Michel made history on Christmas Day, December 25, when he became the only Ghanaian actor to have picked two awards at this year’s prestigious Ghana Movie Awards held at the Accra International Conference Centre.
Majid retained the Best Actor in Lead Role (English Language) award with the Frank Rajah-directed ‘Somewhere In Africa’.
He also won Best Actor In Supporting Role (English Language) for thesame movie.
Majid’s award saved the faces of the ‘old boys’, as apart from him, none of his contemporaries grabbed an award on the night. There was absolutely no show for last year’s Best Actor In Supporting Role winner John Dumelo, Van Vicker, Chris Attoh, and Adjetey Anang, among others.
Also missing in action were the 2010 Favourite Actress Yvonne Nelson, 2011 African Movie Academy Best Actress Ama K. Abebrese, Jackie Appiah, Juliet Ibrahim, Lydia Forson and Yvonne Okoro.
Leila Djansi receiving one of her awards
However ace comedian Funny Face made a debut appearance, receiving an award. He picked an award for Best Actor TV Series, for his role in ‘Chorkor Trotro,’ and Best TV series category on behalf of the producer.
Hollywood actress Kimberly Elise also made it as the first Black American actress to pick an award in Ghana. She won Best Actress In Lead Role for the movie ‘Ties That Bind’.
Hollywood standard film ‘The Dead’ actor, Prince David Osei and sexy actress Martha Ankomah were adjudged Favourite Actor and Actress of the year respectively.
Agya Koo also retained Best Actor in Lead (Local Language) with the movie ‘Agenkwah’, while Kwaku Manu beat Mzbel (Single Six), Jasmine Baroudi (Adams Apple), Ama K. Abebrese (Ties That Bind) and James Gardiner (CEO) to win the discovery of the year award.
Nadia Buari was not there to pick her Best Actress In Supporting Role award just as Omotola Jalade, who won Best Actress, African Collaboration, with the film ‘Ties That Bind’.
Ramsey Nouah won Best Actor, African Collaboration, while senior actor Olu Jacobs was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award alongside Super OD, Grace Omaboe, William Addo, Late Sam Loco and Patience Ozokwor
Also what started like a competition between two top female directors, Leila Djansi and Shirley Frimpong Manso at the awards night came to a halt after Leila’s ‘Ties That Bind’ picked 9 awards, including the top most award, Best Picture.
Both Leila Djansi and Shirley Frimpong Manso, topped this year’s awards recipients with nine awards for Leila and five awards for Shirley.
The ceremony which was hosted by TV Newscaster Nana Aba Anamoah and Sport Journalist Nathaniel Attoh, was organised on Christmas Day, December 25by G.P Limited, in collaboration with Multi TV’s Cine AFRIK Channel and Film Producers Association of Ghana to honour excellence in Ghana’s movie industry and beyond.
It hosted a plethora of stars. Among them were Desmond Elliot, Ramsey Nouah, Segun Arinze, and Olu Jacobs from Nigeria. From Ghana were veteran actor Super OD, Idikoko, Selassie Ibrahim, Yvonne Nelson, Jackie Appiah, Van Vicker, Rose Mensah aka Kyeiwaa, Nana Ama McBrown and others.
Described as a ‘night of tuxedos’, the ceremony began with a red carpet splendour. There were also enthralling performances by Mzbel, R&M group and Nana Boroo.
Local Twi actress Kyeiwaa spiced up the show with her dance steps and English which suffered a lot of grammatical errors, just as Joseph Osei aka Wayosi did during his acceptance speech when he picked the Best Actor In Supporting Role (Local Language).
Founder’s Merit Award, which was to give out two Kia Rio cars to two stars, was postponed to two weeks, after the main awards ceremony. Organisers are yet announce the winners for that category.
Below are the winners of this year’s Ghana Movie Awards
Best Actor In Leading Role (English Language)
Best Actress In Leading Role (English Language)
Kimberly Elise (Ties That Bind)
Best Actor In Leading Role (Local Language)
Agya Koo (Agyenkwa)
Best Actress In Leading Role (Local Language)
Best Actor In Supporting Role (English Language)
Best Actress In Supporting Role (English Language)