5th Africa Movie Academy Awards
|5th Africa Movie Academy Awards|
|Date||Saturday, April 4, 2009|
|Site||Gloryland Cultural Center
Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria
|Hosted by||Kate Henshaw-Nuttal
|Organized by||Africa Film Academy|
|Best Picture||From a Whisper|
|Most awards||From a Whisper (5)|
|Most nominations||From a Whisper (12)|
The 5th Africa Movie Academy Awards ceremony was held on April 4, 2009 at the Gloryland Cultural Center in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, to honor the best African films of 2008. It was broadcast live on Nigerian national television. Africa Movie Academy Award winner Kate Henshaw-Nuttal and Nigerian stand-up comedian Julius Agwu hosted the ceremony. Numerous celebrities graced the event, including Timipre Sylva (the Governor of Bayelsa State) and Nollywood actresses and actors. Special guests were Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker and Hollywood actor Danny Glover.
The nominees were announced on March 3, 2009 during the 21st Pan African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) by AMAA CEO Peace Anyiam-Osigwe. Approximately 403 entries from 54 African countries participated in the bid for an award.
With a total of twelve nominations, the Kenyan film From a Whisper led the nomination count, while Uganda's Battle of the Souls and South Africa's Gugu and Andile followed with ten nominations each. Nigeria's Arugba received nine nominations, Egypt's Seventh Heaven received eight nominations, followed closely by Ghana's Agony of the Christ with seven nominations.
From a Whisper won five awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Wanuri Kahiu) and Best Soundtrack. Gugu and Andile landed the second spot with three awards. Battle of the Souls, Seventh Heaven, Small Boy, Arugba and Live to Remember each won two awards.
The winners of the 23 Award Categories are listed first and highlighted in bold letters.
|Best Picture||Best Director|
|Best Actress in a leading role||Best Actor in a leading role|
|Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|Most Promising Actress||Most Promising Actor|
|Best Animation||Best Film in an African Language|
|Best Child Actor||Best Screenplay|
|Best Documentary Feature||Best Documentary Short|
|AMAA Achievement in Sound||AMAA Achievement in Editing|
|AMAA Achievement in Art Direction||AMAA Achievement in Cinematography|
|AMAA Achievement in Makeup||AMAA Achievement in Costume|
|Best Original Soundtrack||AMAA Achievement in Visual Effect|
|Heart of Africa (This award is given to the Best Film in Nigeria)|
Films with multiple nominations
The following films received multiple nominations.
Films with multiple awards
The following films received multiple awards.
- 5 awards
- 3 awards
- Gugu and Andile
- 2 awards
- Battle of the Soul
- Seventh Heaven
- Small Boy
- Live to Remember
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