Young actor, Abraham Attah lost the ‘Outstanding Actor In A Motion Picture’ award to Micheal B. Jordan at the 47th NAACP Awards held last night.
Jordan who also won ‘Entertainer of The Year’ was awarded for his role in the movie ‘Creed’.
The National Association for Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) Image Awards is an awards scheme to honour people of colour in film, television, music and literature.
It was hosted by Actor and Comedian Anthony Anderson, and held at Pasadena Civic Auditorium, California in the United States of America.
The movie ‘Beasts of No Nation’, however won ‘Outstanding Independent Motion Picture’ award.
Abraham Attah played the lead role of Agu, who when civil war tears his family apart, is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transformed into a child soldier.
Attah won Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at Venice Film Festival 2015. He also won ‘Rising Star Award’ at the Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC). The award scheme called Attah’s role as “one of the strongest and most phenomenal we have ever seen” and added that he had “a very bright future ahead of him”.
Idris Elba played the commander of the mercenary unit. He won ‘Male Actor in a Supporting Role’ award for the role at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards held last week.
Based on the 2005 novel of the same title by Uzodinma Iweala, the movie was shoot in Ghana and also stars Ama K. Abebrese, Fred Amugi and Grace Nortey. It was directed by Emmy Award-winning Cary Fukunaga, and the first fictional feature produced and distributed by Streaming Service Netflix.
The movie was premiered in Ghana last year. Before that, it premiered on Netflix and in selected Theaters in The United States of America on October 16.
It was screened at number of prestigious film festivals including Venice, BFI London and Toronto International Film Festival.