List of African Academy Award winners and nominees

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This is a list of African Academy Award winners and nominees, which includes both ethnic African people born and/or raised in Africa and non-ethnic Africans born and raised in Africa. See also, List of black Academy Award winners and nominees.

Best Actress[edit]

Best Actress
Year Name Country Film Role Status Milestone
1971 Janet Suzman South Africa Nicholas and Alexandra Alexandra Feodorovna Nominated Suzman is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family.
2003 Charlize Theron South Africa Monster Aileen Wuornos Won First African to win in an acting category
2005 North Country Josey Aimes Nominated
2016 Ruth Negga Ethiopia
Republic of Ireland
Loving Mildred Loving Nominated

Best Actor in a Supporting Role[edit]

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Year Name Country Film Role Status Milestone
1962 Omar Sharif Egypt Lawrence of Arabia Sherif Ali Nominated First African to be nominated for an Academy Award in any category
2003 Djimon Hounsou Benin In America Mateo Nominated First black African to be nominated for an acting award.
2006 Blood Diamond Solomon Vandy Nominated
2013 Barkhad Abdi Somalia
United States
Captain Phillips Abdiwali Muse Nominated
2018 Richard E. Grant Eswatini
United Kingdom
Can You Ever Forgive Me? Jack Hock Nominated Grant is from a white British family; he was born and raised in Swaziland

Best Actress in a Supporting Role[edit]

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Year Name Country Film Role Status Milestone
2013 Lupita Nyong'o Kenya
Mexico
12 Years a Slave Patsey Won First black African woman to be nominated and win in any category.

Best Cinematography[edit]

Best Cinematography
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone
1966 Ted Moore South Africa
United Kingdom
A Man for All Seasons Won Moore is a South African-born British
Won for Best Colour Cinematography
2002 Dion Beebe South Africa
Australia
Chicago Nominated Beebe is a South African-born Australian
2005 Memoirs of a Geisha Won

Best Director[edit]

Best Director
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone
1997 Atom Egoyan Egypt
Canada
The Sweet Hereafter Nominated Egoyan is an Egyptian-born Canadian filmmaker

Best Documentary Feature[edit]

Best Documentary Feature
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone
2013 Jehane Noujaim (director) Egypt
United States
The Square Nominated

Best Film Editing[edit]

Best Film Editing
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone
2015 Margaret Sixel South Africa
Australia
Mad Max: Fury Road Won Sixel is a South African-born Australian

Best Foreign Language Film[edit]

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is awarded to a country, not to an individual, and the submitting country is the officially designated nominee in this category.

Best Foreign Language Film
Year Country Flag Film Status Milestone
1969 Algeria Algeria Z Won First African film to win an Academy Award
1976 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast Black and White in Color Won
1983 Algeria Algeria Le Bal Nominated
1995 Dust of Life Nominated
2004 South Africa South Africa Yesterday Nominated
2005 Tsotsi Won First African film in a language other than French to win in this category.
2006 Algeria Algeria Days of Glory Nominated
2010 Outside the Law Nominated
2014 Mauritania Mauritania Timbuktu Nominated

Best Music, Original Score[edit]

Best Original Score
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone
1985 Caiphus Semenya South Africa The Color Purple Nominated
1987 Jonas Gwangwa Cry Freedom Nominated

Best Music, Original Song[edit]

Best Original Song
Year Name Country Film Song Status Milestone
1987 Jonas Gwangwa South Africa Cry Freedom "Cry Freedom" Nominated Shared with George Fenton
2012 Herbert Kretzmer South Africa Les Misérables "Suddenly" Nominated Kretzmer is a from a Jewish family.
Shared with Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg.

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)[edit]

Best Adapted Screenplay
Year Name Country Film Adapted From Status Milestone
1987 Mark Peploe Kenya The Last Emperor From Emperor to Citizen: The Autobiography of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi by Henry Pu Yi Won
1997 Atom Egoyan Egypt
Canada
The Sweet Hereafter The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks Nominated
2009 Neill Blomkamp South Africa District 9 Alive in Joburg
by Neill Blomkamp
Nominated

See also[edit]