by Chinwe Okafor
Currently named Nollywood’s biggest and most recognised party, the AMVCA’s for the third time, lived up to its new nickname as the event brought together the best in TV and film alike, both old and new, experts and upcoming under one roof to know their fate- for those anticipating but first, all with access to an open bar.
The big night saw big hitters such as October 1, A Place In The Stars and The Meeting walk away with honours.
We bring to you the wins, shocking and memorable moment from the awards.
– A Place in the Stars by Steve Gukas beat Kunle Afolayan‘s October 1 to the coveted Best Movie (Drama) award and gladly too. The movie, released in 2014 like Kunle’s movie which was widely expected to win the award, is a much talked about feature film starring a number of Nollywood popular names and emerging talents. But that wasn’t the only win for the movie and its director. Even if it doesn’t cover for the cost of making the movie, in addition to the award, Steve got N1m cash prize and 6 months free supply of drinks from sponsors, Amstel Malta.
– However, even if it was beaten in that category, there was a place in the stars for award-winning Nollywood filmmaker, Kunle Afolayan’s October 1. It was the biggest winner at the awards with 9 awards in total for the Best Director award as well as the prize for overall Best Movie for his 2014, Best Makeup Artiste, Best Writer Drama, Best Sound Editing, Best Lighting Designer, Best Actress in a Drama and others.
– OC Ukeje is the best actor drama category as it should be. He has had quite a year featuring in major lead roles in hit movies.
– New comer, Femi Jacobs surely didn’t expect his win but he was anticipating one with Frank Donga fast on the lead to clinch it. It was shocker to most but him as he received his award for Best Actor in a Comedy and gave a rather confident speech which included him professing love to Rita Dominic.
– Psquare always gets the last laugh in a bad way. The duo were slated to perform last- after the show had ended. This isn’t the first time this is happening that they would be performing while guests are taking their leave. Sometimes it works for them, other times, maybe it isn’t such a good idea.
– When Linda Ejiofor mounted the stage to give her speech it sounded like she ran from outside into the hall and onto the stage to receive her award for best supporting actress. Not that we mind but the panting was a little too distracting.
– Imoh Umoren has said his win for the best new media- online would definitely make him charge more now despite the fact that he wasn’t expecting a win. He is most happy his family got to witness their own climb the stage to bag an award.
– So a lot of people were pissed at the Mavin crew for their somewhat lackadaisical performance at the awards. The crew performed without Tiwa Savage, who is away in Uganda at the moment as well as Dr Sid, the audience felt like they had been cheated in that regard.
– Fathia Balogun banished stereotype when she declared in her speech that she isn’t Yoruba despite having received an award for best indigenous language- Yoruba.