During the whole ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Ghana Movie Awards nominations media chaos, I wrote an article stating that, the nomination of the movie was technically right but tactically unfair—and today, this has been confirmed at the 6th Ghana Movie Awards.
In my article, I stated among other things that, considering the loose and ambiguous Ghana Movie Awards rules which drive the nomination train—Beasts of No Nations qualifies for nominations. But its superiority and overwhelming excellence make it unfair, as none of the movies in competition is capable of pushing it off the cliff.
Maybe at the global stage, Beasts of No Nation is not the best movie out there this year—but when you perch it with the movies which were nominated alongside it, you cannot really find a befitting competitor.
And today, it has swept almost all the awards at Ghana Movie Awards, making the other films seem as though they were completely useless.
I reiterate, Beasts of No Nation’s nominations in this year’s Ghana Movie Awards is (the below is from my previous article);
“tactically unfair and it defeats the core reasons why Ghana Movie Awards was established to have ‘Beasts of No Nation’ competing with these local Ghanaian Movies—and I am not saying so mainly because of the production budget, but the extensive professionalism this production enjoyed as a result of where it is coming from places it out of the league.
It’s like enrolling Lionel Messi into Adisadel College alongside a bunch of his Barcelona teammates and then pushing them on the field to play in the annual inter-schools football competition. Technically they will be students of Adisadel College but the advantage they will bring undermines the fairness of the competition as well as the motive.
Straight up, ‘Beasts of No Nation’ should reasonably win all the 15 categories it has been nominated for—and this is because, all the movies in those categories did not have the same production advantage and the varying standard is therefore extremely huge for them to compete.
It will be shocking and contemptuous if any of the movies pushes ‘Beasts of No Nation’ off the cliff.
Ghana Movie Awards was established to award excellence in Ghana’s movie industry and annually encourage our local industry players—it should remain so.
A simple solution to this ostensibly huge problem is for a special category to be created in the future for those movies like ‘Beasts of No Nation’ which cut across borders and industries. That way, the local film-makers and actors who struggle throughout the year will still be appreciated without a shark simply coming in to gulp down their efforts, no matter how minimal these efforts are.
Sizes of production budget should solely not be the fountainhead of the argument because a Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s movie will have a totally different budget from many of the one man production houses.
There are countless global award schemes out there where ‘Beasts of No Nation’ will have the opportunity to compete with movies of similar strength and I believe the film-makers will appreciate such fair play to their participation in Ghana Movie Awards, surrounding by a ‘bunch of amateurs.’
Maybe next time, to play it fair—special attention would be paid to ensure the movies in competition are capable of competing.