2015 MOVIE AWARDS Controversy Hits Nomination List

GP Limited, organisers of the annual Ghana Movie Awards, has released the nomination list for this year’s edition with the names of some of Ghana’s most celebrated filmmakers missing.

Not only has the list sparked an uproar because of the missing big names, but also because of the multiple nomination of new movie, Beasts of No Nation, which some have argued is not a Ghanaian movie and therefore does not qualify.

Beasts of No Nation topped the nomination list with 16 nominations while The Cursed Ones came second with 15 nominations.

Ghana’s emotional epic, If Tomorrow Never Comes, followed in third position with 14 nominations.

The movies got nominated in Best Picture, Directing, Sound Editing and Mixing, Cinematography, Production Design and other categories.

Other movies that made the list include A Letter From Adam, Last Night, I Do Silver Rain, Candle In The Wind, Freetown and others.

British actor Oris Erhuero, Ghana’s Prince David Osei, Adjetey Anang, Abraham Attah and Henry Adofo all got nominations, competing each other in Best Actor In Leading Role categories.

Jimmy Jean-Louis, Idris Elba, Van Vicker, Emmanuel Affadzi and James Gardiner on the other hand are competing for Best Actor In Supporting Role category.

Hot actresses Yvonne Nelson, Lydia Forson, Nadia Buari, Martha Ankomah and Joselyn Dumas have also made it on the list for Lead Actress category.

There is however uncertainty over whether some major players in the movie industry would attend the ceremony.

Before nominations were announced, the Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG) warned its members not to submit their works for consideration. But Abdul Salam, a member of FIPAG, had his movie Candle In The Wind on the nomination list.

Some actors turned producers and directors, including Eddie Nartey, Yvonne Nelson, and Prince David Osei among others, have raised questions about some movies that were nominated, specifically Beasts of No Nation.

They obviously do not recognise Beasts of No Nation as a Ghanaian movie and it is “unfair” to let it compete with ‘original’ Ghanaian productions.

They believe it is okay to create a category for it since it was partly shot in Ghana but not to compete with the local Ghanaian productions.

“I can’t hold it but express my opinion. GHANA MOVIE AWARDS has done it again just like many expected. I don’t even want to talk about how long I had to wait with several of my colleagues as well as the media before the Nominees Announcement got started. Now how come BEASTS OF NO NATION got 15 nominations? BEASTS OF NO NATION? This 6 million budget dollar movie is now competing with the local movies?

“I thought it was GHANA MOVIE AWARDS, an event to honour filmmakers locally. Why don’t you put it in the African Movie of the Year category since I consider it as an international movie? This is so unfair to the young ones who are on the field trying to make this industry stand with the little in them.

“If you want to award BEASTS OF NO NATION because it was shot here in Ghana then do it in a different way but don’t let it compete with our local movies. It’s quite unfortunate that a couple of actors and actresses have worked so hard this year and are not appreciated with even nominations. THIS IS SAD.

“I don’t blame the organisers that much but the very actors and actresses who will complain behind closed doors and be mute in the open about such issues. If you want a change, then be part of creating that change. It’s just a SHAME. Now let’s wait and see which film will win over BEASTS OF NO NATION in the same category,” Eddie said.

But producers of the movie have told NEWS-ONE they consider it Ghanaian and therefore submitted it to the Ghana Movie Awards jury and that the award organisers also considered it Ghanaian enough to compete.

Danny Damah, the Line Producer for Beasts of No Nation, told NEWS-ONE he is a Ghanaian and that one of the co-producers, Tony Tagoe, is also Ghanaian.

“We have Ghanaians as part of the producers, we have Ghanaians as part of the funders, we have Ghanaians leading the cast, the production was shot in Ghana and has been premiered in Ghana as a Ghanaian movie,” Damah told NEWS-ONE.

The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in Accra on December 30 at the International Conference Centre.

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