African Movie Academy Award
|African Movie Academy Awards|
|Awarded for||Excellence in cinematic achievements|
|Presented by||African Film Academy|
The African Movie Academy Awards, popularly known as AMAA Awards, are presented annually to recognize excellence of professionals in the African film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. It was founded by Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and run through the Africa Film Academy. The awards are aimed at honouring and promoting excellence in the African movie industry as well as uniting the African continent through arts and culture. The award presentation is attended by numerous international media representatives, Hollywood celebrities, Nigerian politicians, journalists and actresses & actors from all across Africa. The AMAA awards are widely considered to be Africa's most important film event and one of the most prestigious African film awards. A variety of international observers have fondly called the African Movie Academy Awards the "African Oscars". The most recent ceremony, honoring films in 2011, was held at the Expo Centre, Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos, Nigeria on 22 April 2012.
The first African Movie Academy Awards were held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria on 30 May 2005. All other subsequent African Academy Awards were also held at the same venue, however for security reasons the venue for the 2008 AMAA Awards was moved to Abuja, Nigeria.
As of 2011 the African Movie Academy Awards have approximately 26 categories. Some of these include:
- Best Picture
- Best Director
- Best Actress in a Leading Role
- Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Most Promising Actress
- Most Promising Actor
- Best Actress in a Supporting Role
- Best Actor in a Supporting Role
- Best Child Actor
- Best Soundtrack
- Best Screenplay
- Best Film in an African Language
- Most Outstanding Costumes
- Most Outstanding Cinematography
- Most Outstanding Make Up
- Most Outstanding Edit
- Heart of Africa Award
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