In some parts of the world exists ceremonies specifically designed to applaud and rewards excellence in cinema.
Such events brings recognition, and secondly encouragement to producers, directors and actors to get better as their work is been appreciated and recognised in their own country.
In the United States, there is the Academy Awards also known as ‘ The oscars’ , one of the many ceremonies that already exists in the country with the same purpose.
In Nigeria, which holds the 3rd largest movie industry in the world, there is the ‘Nollywood Movie Awards’ as one of the award ceremonies in the country that aims to celebrates brilliance in the industry.
Now, this article is going to focus on the Ghanaian movie industry.
Movies have been produced in Ghana for a very long time, starting from home videos. The first ever Ghanaian film said to have been shown in the US is a 1984 movie called ‘Kukurantumi’.
The Ghanaian movie industry is one that has to crawl itself up over the years, before been fully recognised as a proper industry in Ghana.
As more creative filmmakers and directors made their way into the industry, better quality movies were produced, more productions were made, and stories were told in a better way featuring new and experienced Ghanaian actors. With hard work and dedication the industry eventually grew and expanded, gaining recognition.
In 2010, on December the 25th, ‘Ghana movie awards’ came to light.
The first edition of the annual ceremony was well-received and attracted the majority of Ghanaians actors as well as actors in neighbouring countries, such as Nigeria.
It is an event specifically organised to reward and celebrate achievement in the Ghanaian film industry, celebrating both movies in the local language and English. Because of its initial purpose to showcase Ghanaian cinema, it was a big step for the industry. It is organised by Ghollywood Productions limited and was founded by Fred Nuamah.
” I’m happy that we’re doing something of out own, back here in Ghana.” is what Ghanaian actress jackie Appiah said in 2010, as she attended the event.
During its second edition, in 2011, Ghanaian actor Prince David also expressed his satisfaction when asked about the ceremony “…it’s a way forward…We’re doing some quality movies in Ghana, Nigeria, in Africa so it’s an honour to be appreciated for your good works to be honoured,.. I think it’s a step in the right direction.”
Renowned actor, Van vicker in 2011 after attending the event for the first time in 2011 also said “ It’s very significant because things like this doesn’t come around here, …so it’s significant, it’s leaving its mark”
During the launch on December the 3rd, the minister for tourism, culture and creative arts, Mrs Elizabeth Ofusu-Agyare went on to say “Ghana Movie Awards has soon become the biggest annual event in the film industry, where the entire industry looks forward to ”
However, since its formation in 2010, the annual ceremony has also received criticism in many areas from the public, such as in the way the event is organised as well as important technical issues that have been noticed before and during previous ceremonies.
But despite it all, the Ghana movie Awards still remains an event awaited every year by the majority of Ghanaians and people in the entertainment industry.
The 4th edition of the Ghana Movie Awards took place on the 30th December, held at the Accra International conference centre.
So, here is the list of winners alongside the categories for which they were nominated for:
Best Cinematography: Northern Affair
Writing- Adapted Or Original Screenplay: Contract
Best Production Design: The Pledge
Best Directing: Shirley Frimpong Manso (Contract) ; Leila Djansi (Northern Affair)
Best Costume And Wardrobe: George Atobrah (Akomfo Anokye)
Best Editing: Northern Affair
Music- Original Music (score) : House Of Gold
Make-Up and Hair Stylist: Jude Odeh (Barima Nye Sunye)
Best African Collaboration- Best Actor: Hloma Dandala (Contract) & Francis Odega (House of Gold)
Best African Collaboration- Best Actress: Patience Ozorkwor ( Slave Boy)
Best Sound Editing: Northern Affair
A performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role: Kwadwo Nkansah (Lilwin) – (Movie: Time Changes)
A Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role: Joselyn Dumas (Northern Affair)
A Performance By an Actor In A Leading Role: John Dumelo (Northern Affair)
A Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role: Jackie Appiah (Cheaters)
Best Picture: Northern Affair
Short Movie: Galamsey
When it comes to public votes…
Best TV Series: Heartbreak Hotel
Best Actress TV Series: Maame Esi ( Chorkor Trotro)
Best Actor TV Series: Funny Face
Well done to all the nominees and winners!