As President of AMAA Jury, Bernie Goldblat announces winners in the various categories of the awards tonight, expectations are high as all eyes are on the acting categories and this year, two top Nollywood actresses, Rita Dominic (’76) and Bimbo Akintola (93 Days) ‘will be battling for the award of Best Actress in a leading role.
The two actresses would be battling for the award with top actresses from other parts of the continent including, soft-spoken Ghanaian actress, Lydia Forson who was nominated for her role in “Keteke”, Cero Tshanda (Felicite), Oscar award-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, top actress, Josette Bushell-Mingo (While We Live),and two of South Africa’s leading actresses, Khabonina Quebeka (Dora’s Peace) and Zimkhitha Nyoka (Vaya). Meanwhile, judging from Bimbo Akintola’s performance as ‘Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh’ in the movie on the Ebola scourge, ’93 Days’ which was directed by Steve Gukas, one will be tempted to tip her for the award. Her powerful role delivery in the movie that also featured other notable actors such as Keppy Ekpeyong, Francis Onwochei and Paul Adams still dominates discourse in the nation’s movie industry. But like Bimbo, Rita Dominic is also a potential winner of this year’s Best Actress award following the role she played in “’76”, a movie that recounts the story of the 1976 military coup and assassination of General Murtala Mohammed, the then Head-of State of Nigeria. Recall that Rita Dominic was adjudged “Best Actress in a Drama (Movie/TV Series) at this year’s African Movies Viewers Choice Award,AMVCA, following the eruptive role she played in ‘76’movie.
Also, in 2012, the Imo State-born actress walked away with AMAA Best Actress award for her role in a Kenyan movie, “Shattered” beating the likes of Nse Ikpe-Etim, Uche Jombo and Yvonne Okoro to clinch the prize. While they have other strong contenders such as Oscar award-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, top actress, Josette Bushell-Mingo, and two of South Africa’s leading actresses, Khabonina Quebeka, Zimkhitha Nyoka to beat, critics are optimistic that the battle will be between Bimbo Akintola and Rita Dominic.
However, with the highest number of nominations at this year’s AMAA, the chances that ‘93 Days’, will break the record set by ‘76’ when the movie carted away the most valuable awards (five), including Best Overall Movie, Best Director and Best Actress at AMVCA 2017, is high. But it does not mean we should not ‘expect the unexpected’ tonight!