Abraham Attah

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Abraham Attah
Abraham Attah (cropped).jpg
Born (2001-07-02) 2 July 2001 (age 18)
OccupationActor
Years active2015–present

Abraham Nii Attah (born 2 July 2001) is a Ghanaian actor, living in the U.S. for his career and education.[1] He hails from the Ga–Dangme ethnic group in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. He made his feature film debut in Beasts of No Nation (2015). A brother and his sister seek closure after Ebola ravages their West African village in the Out of Village(2016). For his leading role of child soldier Agu, Attah was awarded the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.[2] He was made an Ambassador for the Free Education Policy in Ghana, after having supported the policy with a picture endorsement.

In 2017, he appeared in the Marvel Studios film Spider-Man: Homecoming.[3] He has joined the ensemble cast of Shane Carruth's third film, The Modern Ocean.[4]

Early Life and Achievements[edit]

At just 16 years of age, Attah has gained international recognition standing today as one of the most internationally recognized Ghanaian actors. He has since had encounters with various Hollywood celebrities including Sylvester Stallone, Morgan Freeman, Terry Crews, Will Smith, Ben Stiller and John Legend among others.[5]

The teenager won a number of awards for his role in the Beasts of No Nation, a critically acclaimed Netflix film. Here he played the role of Agu, an 11-year old orphan recruited to a guerrilla army in an anonymous country in West Africa. For this role Abraham Attah was honored with the Marcello Mastroianni Best Young Actor Award at the 72nd edition of the International Film Festival held in Venice in 2015. He also received the Best Male Lead at the Independent Spirit Awards.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Beasts of No Nation Agu Won—Black Film Critics Circle Rising Star Award[7]
Won—Ghana Movie Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role and Discovery of the Year[8]
Won—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead[9]
Won—National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance (shared with Jacob Tremblay)[10]
Won—Venice International Film Festival Marcello Mastroianni Best Young Actor Award
Nominated—Gold Derby Film Award for Best Breakthrough Performer[11]
Nominated—Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role[12]
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture[13]
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—St. Louis Film Critics Award for Best Actor[14]
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Youth performance[15]
Nominated—Empire Award for Best Male Newcomer[16]
2015 Out of the Village Mebro Short film
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Abe Brown
TBA Tazmanian Devil Dayo Ayodele

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guerrasio, Jason (April 27, 2015). "The director of Netflix's next movie plucked his lead actor from the streets of Ghana". Business Insider. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  2. ^ Collin, Robbie (September 12, 2015). "Venice: 'From Afar' winning Golden Lion is a welcome surprise". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/697553-beasts-of-no-nation-star-abraham-attah-joins-spider-man-homecoming#/slide/1
  4. ^ Kit, Borys (November 3, 2015). "Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe to Star in 'The Modern Ocean'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 5, 2015.
  5. ^ "Yen". Yen.
  6. ^ "Abraham Attah". Yen.
  7. ^ Sage, Alyssa (December 21, 2015). "Black Film Critics Circle Name 'Creed' Top Film of the Year". Variety. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  8. ^ Sarpon, Yaw (December 31, 2015). "Ghana Movie Awards 2015 Winners – See Full List". GlammyNews.com. Archived from the original on January 31, 2016. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  9. ^ Khan, Alia (February 27, 2016). "2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards Winners Announced". filmindependent.org. Archived from the original on March 2, 2016. Retrieved February 27, 2016.
  10. ^ Lawrence, Jordan (December 1, 2015). "National Board of Review Announces 2015 Award Winners". National Board of Review. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  11. ^ Montgomery, Daniel (January 26, 2016). "Gold Derby Film Awards nominations: 'Mad Max' leads with 12, 'Carol' gets 10, 'The Revenant' 9 - GoldDerby".
  12. ^ Davis, Clayton (January 19, 2016). "2015 Awards Circuit Community Awards Nominations – 'Mad Max' Leads While Mara Is A Lead". AwardsCircuit.com. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  13. ^ "Abraham Attah loses to Micheal B. Jordan @ NAACP Image Awards". February 6, 2016.
  14. ^ Davis, Clayton (December 14, 2015). "St. Louis Film Critics Nominations – Kristen Stewart and Abraham Attah Make the Cut". AwardsCircuit.com. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  15. ^ Gordon, Tim (December 7, 2015). "2015 WAFCA Award Winners - The Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA)".
  16. ^ Jameson Empire Awards 2016: Star Wars and Mad Max lead the nominations

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