Ghana Movie Awards 2011 Nomination List: Leila Djansi & Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s Movies Grab 21 Nominations Each!


Nadia Buari At Ghana Movie Awards 2011 Nominees Party
Nadia Buari At Ghana Movie Awards 2011 Nominees Party

The nominations for the 2011 edition of the Ghana Movie Awards were released at the nominations party last night at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Kumasi. The colourful event was graced by players of the movie industry and witnessed by various media houses including GhanaCelebrities.Com.

This year’s event looks well organised as the awards Jury has spread the awards to other nationals. You do not need to be a Ghanaian to be nominated; one is entitled for nominations if he or she features in a movie produced by a Ghanaian or from a Ghanaian production house.

Two of Ghana’s female movie makers Shirley Frimpong-Manso and Leila Djansi obtained the highest nominations. They each got 21 nominations each.

Leila had only a movie; ‘Ties That Bind’, whiles Shirley’s on-going movie series, ‘Adams Apple’ and last year’s hit movie ‘6 Hours to Christmas’ did the magic for her.

Other top stars in contention for honours include, Nadia Buari, Jackie Appiah, Majid Michel, Chris Attoh, John Dumelo, Yvonne Okoro, Yvonne Nelson, Agya Koo, Kyeiwaa, Nana Ama McBrown, Adjetey Anang, Martha Ankomah and the likes.


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Best Actor In A Leading Role [English Language]

Van Vicker               – Paparazzi

Madji Michel           – Somewhere In Africa

Chris Attoh              – 6 Hours To Christmas

Samuel Ofori           – Fake London Boy

Rahim Banda          – Behind The Mask


Best Actor In A Leading Role [Local Language]

Apostle John Prah               – The Holy Bible

Bill Asamoah                          – Barfour

Kwaku Manu                           – Village Champion

Ebenezer Donkor                 – God Father

Agya Koo                                 – Agenkwah

Isaac Amoako                       – Emmanuel


Best Actress In A Leading Role [English Language]

Jackie Appiah            – Reason To Kill

Joselyn Dumas          – Adams Apple 2

Kimberly Elise           –  Ties That Bind

Yvonne Okoro           – Why Marry

Omotola Jalade         – Ties That Bind

Lydia Forson              – Masquerades


Best Actress In A Leading Role [Local Language]

Vivian Jill                             – Yaw Donkor

Emelia Brobbey                  – Obi Yaa

Nana Ama McBrown        – Wunni Pannie Due

Linda Abbey                        – Agya Koo Salamatu

Portia Asare Boating        – Ama Bonsu


Best Actor In A Supporting Role [English Language]

Eddie Nartey                 – Somewhere In Africa

John Dumelo                 – Ties That Bind

Adjetey Anang              – Adams Apple 3

Majid Michel                 – Somewhere In Africa

Gavivina Tamakloe    – For Better For War


Best Actor In A Supporting Role [Local Language]

Clement Bonney                 – Ama Bonus

Joseph Osei                          – Osofo Amoako

Osei Tutu Nyamese           – Wunni Pannie Due

Akwasi Boadi                       – Emmanuel

David Asuman                    – Diawuo

Fredrick Eghan                   – Agya Koo Gbengbentus


Best Actress In A Supporting Role [English Language]

Roselyn  Ngissah                – Somewhere In Africa

Helen Asante                       – Adams Apple 3

Yvonne Nelson                   – 4 Play Reloaded

Martha Ankomah              – Bed Of Roses

Nadia Buari                          – Who Owns The City


Best Actress In A Supporting Role [Local Language]

Mercy Asiedu             – Obi Yaa

Rose Mensah               – Bu Bra Pa

Maame Serwaa           – So, So And So

Ellen Kyei Whyte       – Evil Soul

Jane Ackun                  – Otufoo


Best Picture

Bed Of Roses

Ties That Bind

Single Six

Somewhere In Africa

Adams Apple

Who Owns The City

Kofi Agenkwa



Agyaa Koo Gbengbentus


Best Directing [English Language]

Frank Rajah                                         – Somewhere In Africa

Shirley Frimpong Manso                – Adams Apple

Leila Djansi & Kevin Huie                – Ties That Bind

Pascal Amanfo                                      – Bed Of Roses

Samuel Ofori                                          – Fake London Boy


Best Directing [Local Language]

Frank Gharbin                              – Emmanuel

Nana Ama Mcbrown                 – Obi Yaa

Augustine Abbey [Idikoko]   – Agya Koo Gbengbentus

Jonas Agyemang                          – Village Champion

Samuel Nkansah                           – God Father


Best Art Direction

Kofi Agenkwa

Ties That Bind

Somewhere In Africa

Adams Apple 2

Who Owns The City

Black Man, White Brother


Best Music [Original Song]

Agya Koo Gbengbentus                           – Mframa

Fake London Boy                                       – Tiffany

Sexy Sassy Wahala [Adams Apple]     – Efya

Ties That Bind                                              – Dela & Okyeame Quophi

Paparazzi                                                        – Kobby Maxwell

Somewhere In Africa                                – Bennie Anti


Best Movie Africa Collaboration

6 Hours To Christmas


Ties That Bind

Single Six

Who Owns The City


Best Cameo Actor

Kwaku Sintim Misa [KSM]       – Adams Apple 1

Kofi Okyere Darko [KOD]        – Adams Apple 1

Abeeku Santana                          – Death After Birth

Majid Michel                                – Adams Apple 4

Okyeame Kwame                        – Ties That Bind

Kofi Adjorlolo                              – Somewhere In Africa


Best Cameo Actress

Juliet Ibrahim           – 4 Play Reloaded

Grace Nortey             – Adams Apple

Khareema Aguiar     – Ties That Bind

Lily Ameyaw              – Otuofoo


Best Story

Ties That Bind

Kofi Agenkwah

Adams Apple

Somewhere In Africa

Death After Birth



Best Editing

4 Play Reloaded

Adams Apple

Ties That Bind

Somewhere In Africa

God Father


Best Cinematography

4 Play Reloaded

Adams Apple

Ties That Bind

Bed Of Roses

Somewhere In Africa


Best Costume & Wardrobe

Osofo Amoako

Kofi Agenkwah

Ties That Bind

Adams Apple

Queens Pride


Best Make-Up

Adams Apple

Somewhere In Africa

Ties That Bind

Grave Yard

Who Owns The City


Best Visual Effects

God Father

Dirty Game

Grave Yard

Kofi Agenkwah



Best Discovery

Kwaku Manu                 – So, So And So

Mzbel                               – Single Six

Jasmine Baroudi          – Adams Apple

Ama K. Abebrese         – Ties That Bind

James Gardiner             – C.E.O.


Best Music [Original Score]

Ties That Bind

Somewhere In Africa

Adams Apple


Agya Koo Gbengbentus


Best Sound Editing & Mixing

Ties That Bind

Adams Apple

4 Play Reloaded



Best Writing Adapted Or Original Screenplay

Somwhere In Africa

Ties That Bind

Adams Apple

Ama Bonus

Who Owns The City


Best Actor Africa Collaboration

Ramsey Nouah Jnr.          – Memories Of My Heart

Desmond Elliot                    – Masquerades

Omar Oumson                      – Who Owns The City

Mike Ezuronye                    – Private Enemy

Eddie Watson                       – Single Six


Best Actress Africa Collaboration

Mercy Johnson                   – My Husband’s Funeral

Omotola Jalade                   – Ties That Bind

Ebbe Bassey                          – Ties That Bind

Tonto Dikeh                           – Private Enemy

Damilola Adegbeti               – 6 Hours To Christmas


2011 Ghana Movie Awards Categorization

Leading Role

Best performance by an Actor or Actress in a Leading Role is presented in recognition of an actor/actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a movie role for the period under consideration.  No single movie shall have both female and male leads; if the male is the lead, the female role would be considered as a Supporting Role and vice versa. In movies with more than one lead role, individual actors will not be nominated as a group but compete against each other based on their individual performances. No actor/actress can be nominated from more than one movie role in this category.

Supporting Role

Best performance by an Actor or Actress in a Supporting Role is presented in recognition of an actor/actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting movie role for the period under consideration.   A Supporting Role must be connected to the lead character or have a significant impact on the story of the movie. In movies with more than one supporting roles, individual actors will not be nominated as a group but compete against each other based on their individual performances. No actor/actress can be nominated from more than one movie role in this category.


Best Cinematography is awarded to a cinematographer for work in one particular movie.  The cinematographer is the individual who photographed with a motion picture camera and is responsible for achieving artistic and technical decisions related to the images in a movie. The winner for Best Cinematography is the movie with the most outstanding photography, the most effective use of light, appropriate and relevant camera shots etc.


The Award for Best Costume Design is given out for the best achievement of film costume design for a particular movie. Costumes must be appropriate for the settings, roles, characters and theme of the movie. Films which are eligible for the award must meet a series of criteria, including the requirement that the costumes must have been “conceived” by a costume designer, and/or with supporting wardrobe selected from other sources.

Art Direction

The Award for Best Art Direction recognizes achievement in production design and/or set decoration. Art direction must be appropriate and functional for the setting of the movie.


The Award for Achievement in Directing (Best Director) is to the director of the movie that reflects the most outstanding technical and artistic performance; showing creative and coherent ways to tell the story with pictures, sounds etc. who working in the motion picture industry.  Only one individual may claim screen credit as a film’s director. This rule is designed to prevent rights and ownership issues and to eliminate lobbying for director credit by producers and actors. However, the Jury may create an exception to this “one director per film” rule if two co-directors seeking to share director credit for a film qualify as an “established duo”.


The Award for Film Editing is closely correlated with the Award for Best Picture and it is given to the editor of the movie with the best use of scenes and effects to tell a flowery and coherent story. Only the principal, “above the line” editor(s) as listed in the film’s credits are named on the award; additional editors, supervising editors, etc. are not generally eligible


The Award for Best Makeup is given to the best achievement in makeup for film. Makeup must enhance physical attributes of characters and must be appropriate for scenes, setting and overall feel of the movie.

Original Score

The Award for Original Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer.

Original Song

The Award for Best Original Song is presented to the songwriters who have composed the best original song written specifically for a movie or adopted for the movie. The performers of a song are not credited with the Award unless they contributed either to music, lyrics or both in their own right.

Best Picture

The Award for Best Picture is presented to artist who produced the most outstanding movie of the year.  The Award is considered the most important of the Awards, as it is the final award presented, and represents all the directing, acting, and writing efforts put forth for a film.

Sound Editing

The Award for Best Sound Editing is granted to a film exhibiting the finest or most aesthetic sound editing or sound design. The award goes to the movie that showed the best interaction between sounds, effects it its appropriateness for scenes and the overall story. The award goes to the person in charge of working and mixing the sound in the studio, including sound effects, sound collected from locations or set among others.

Visual Effects

The Award for Best Visual Effects is given to the movie that exhibited the most creative and believable visual effects. The award is based on consideration of the contribution the visual effects make to the overall production and the artistry, skill and fidelity with which the visual illusions are achieved.



The Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay or Original screenplay is given to the movie with the best story, best interplay and linking of scenes and overall narration of story. It is awarded to the writer of a screenplay adapted from another source (usually a novel, play, short story, or TV show but also sometimes another film); or for the best script not based upon previously published material. All sequels are automatically considered adaptations by this standard since the sequel must be based on the original story.


The Award for Best Cameo is for an actor, industry professional or famous person who makes a significant short appearance in a movie either as an original character or as himself.


The Award for discovery of the year goes to the new actor who distinguished him or herself in a breakthrough role. The role must be seen to have had a visible impact on his/her career, opening opportunities for him/her to receive other roles.

African Collaboration

The Award for Best African Collaboration goes to the best movie with two leads or main characters played by actors/actress from two different African countries. The Award for Best Africa Actor or Actress will go to a non-Ghanaian lead or supporting actor in any such African collaboration.

Favourite Actor

The Award for Favourite actor is a people’s choice award voted by the public from a list of nominees.

TV Series

The Awards for Best TV series and Best Actor/ Actress in a TV series are people’s choice awards voted by the public from a list of nominees.

Founder’s Merit Award

The winner(s) for the Founder’s Merit Award will be chosen by the Founder of the Ghana Movie Awards in consultation with the Jury from the list of winners in all award categories. The winner will be awarded for outstanding technical and/or artistic performance or contribution in the movie industry for the year in review. Winner(s) will have to be of good character, respected and accepted by his or her peers and the industry generally.


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49 thoughts on “Ghana Movie Awards 2011 Nomination List: Leila Djansi & Shirley Frimpong-Manso’s Movies Grab 21 Nominations Each!”

  1. what kind of list is this? how can be kimberly elise and omotala be nominated for awards that are meant for ghanaians only? dis is bull awards hmm ghana fro paa!

      • @Posted By: GC Staff, Boss am surprised you support this. Can’t you see the revelation you’re making about AMA winning best actress at Zimbabwe film awards is an indictment on the people of Zimbabwe and the jury? The best actress/actor is given to an actor/actress for him/her to serve as an ambasador to promote that particular ountry’s movie industry and also brand the country. Boss please let’s learn.

  2. It is possible to be nominated Majid M some where in Africa) for best leading and supporting actor for the same movie?!?! He’s ether leading or supporting actor. I don’t think you can be both in the same movie!!!!

    On the English side, some old people… and you kind of know who’s gonna take home awards!!! Too politics on this side!

    On the Twi side, glad to see some names like Bill Asamoah, Vivian Jill, Kwaku Manu, Akwasi Buadi, Mercy Asiedu… oh and Portia Boating.

  3. Leila Djansi does it again!!! 21 nominations with one film? go leila, go leila!! Chris, change the caption to Leila Djansi TOPS GMA’s. 

    who is the ignorant fellow saying that Omotola and Kimberly are not Ghanaian? that the award is called ghana movie awards doesn’t mean its a ghanaians only award. it is called ghana movie awards because it is Ghana, awarding movies. Kimberly and Omotola starred in a ghanaian movie. 

  4. Wow,I can see these people like a bit of controversy for publicity purposes.I like the fact that there are Omotola & Kimberly in the best actress category but u already know what some Ghanaians will say in case any of them wins.However a lot of our english lang movies are directed by Nigerians like Frank Rajah & Pascal Amanfo so we cnt leave dem out of our awards totally.Why is Eddie Watson nominated in the best Africa collaboration category.Or is he not a Ghanaian actor?

    • @TheChuckylee, My dear is because Eddy Watson is Liberian n i dnt know why cos he cant act well, he is just good looking but a terrible actor obviously, Frank Artus should rather have been nominated cos he is a great actor,

  5. I’m confused, so Omotola gets nominated for Best actress and then for best African collaboration?? Wow, I appreciate them trying to include other nationals, but this is the Ghana Movie Awards, not the AMAAs. Our Ghanaians don’t stand a chance. Again are we awarding the charactors or the actors, cuz yes majeed played two seperate roles but its his acting that should be awarded not his character. Let’s see if its a credible this year

    • @mosy, thank you! see this is what I’m confused as well. But then this is Africa they always do things differently so…
      You’re awarding the Actors/actresses and not the characters they play or how many characters they’re playing. You’re ether good as leading or supporting end of story! Oh well….

  6. eddie watson is Liberian

    Wow,I can see these people like a bit of controversy for publicity purposes.I like the fact that there are Omotola & Kimberly in the best actress category but u already know what some Ghanaians will say in case any of them wins.However a lot of our english lang movies are directed by Nigerians like Frank Rajah & Pascal Amanfo so we cnt leave dem out of our awards totally.Why is Eddie Watson nominated in the best Africa collaboration category.Or is he not a Ghanaian actor?

  7. Wow, fully impressed with Leila. 21 nominations for 1 film. But then again her budget is very different from what is spent on your average Ghanaian film so it makes sense. 

  8. i think this year the movie awards should not be given to just the famous actors /actresses. especially those who won last year. we need to see new actors/actresses.

  9. The list is wuiye fair but for sme few very confusing bits especially Kimberly n Omotola for best actress, they shd surely be in a different category, I also think is not fair for Rahim Banda to be put in e same category with e adults,its not done amywhere, they must create a special one for child actors as is done with e oscars pls, we need that so e upcoming kids would strive to do very well

  10. I know for sure that these awards will be given to d same old people we know..if u r handsome/beautiful and famous,be sure to win an award..thats GH for u!!…I’m not expecting anythn new and i hope they prive me wrong…and why are actors still being nominated for 4play??I thought that movie won awards already,like last why the repitition?i stand to be corrected though if im wrong..but i dun get it..

  11. Again, Ama K Aberese was nominated last year for best actress right? So as of now she’s no longer an up coming actress so why nominate her this year for Best Discovery. Wow, and to think the repoerters can’t see any of these loopholes. Seriously??it all seems like a big joke, then again how many people really know anything about showbiz?? I e why can’t they just get professionals to do this??

  12. FUCK JACKIE APPIAH!! dont get me wrong i love her but the BIAS the Ghanaians are making gets on my nerve so i’m starting to not like her so much. EVERYTHING JACKI APPIAH EVERY FUCKING THING. let the light shine on others too, cus others LIKE JOYSELYN  Dumas, who acts so natural in her roles GET THe light a little. To me Jackie is not that great cus she over dramatizes, doesnt look natural at all, AND YES I SAID IT!!! I HOPE JOSELYN WINS!! great acting!!!

    • @anotheranony,I love Joselyn too my friend but stop hating on Jackie,I mean they are both good and may the best win. Okoro is my Favorite and i hope she wins Keeping my fingers crossed

    • Hmmm I know in the bid for fair play,the GMA has nominated both Omotola and Kimberly Elise for best actress because they played roles in a Ghanaian movie but let us cast our minds back to the OScars,do they think a Ghanaian or a Nigerian would be nominated for best actress category in the Academy awards just because their acting was good in an american movie? How many times in the history of the Academy Awards has black actress even won best Actress Category?i can count Halle Berry ( dunno if there are others who won earlier,but she is the only black actress i know who won best actress at the Academy award)? let us be realistic. I thought they would have created a separate category for them and i thought that was what the best actress Africa Collaboration was for but i read the nomination list again and they are actually also nominated in the best actress category. I can only imagine the confusion if Kimberly Elise or Omotola wins the best actress award!! and I am not saying they are not deserving actresses, they are excellent actresses and i am sure they executed their roles with distinction but let us be realistic, Best Actress at the GHANA (emphasis ) movie awards should go to a Ghanaian irrespective of the fact that there were international stars who played roles in Ghanaian movies. They should simply create a new Category for the excellent non-Ghanaian actresses who played a role in a Ghanaian movie to be awarded,simple.
      Now that said,when will the actual awards be held?

      • @Reeses,

        Reeses, you guys need to stop ignirant stuffs. the movie babel was directed by a mexican director. he was nominated as best director for babel. 
        woody allen is british, he has won american awards
        go to wikipedia, you’ll see. Slumdog millionaire is a british film, it was nominated in how many academy awards? 10 and it won 8.

        you need to check your ignorance. 

        • @hollywood411aisha,Granted,so far you have talked movie directors and best films,my question to you miss i am not ignorant and know it all , give me an example of a person who wasn’t at least part an american citizen who won best actress or the best actor in the academy awards and don’t say Nicole Kidman because you darn know well she is an American born aussie….As ignorant as you claim me to be,i know slum dog millioniare won best picture and several awards but did the indian kid win best lead actor or you think he was not deserving?….in trying to point out that i am ignorant,it is obvious you either fail to comprehend my comment or simply can’t read, i will be waiting for your example of the non american or the person who was a non resident in the US  who won in the best actor or best actress category.

  13. Wow wat a list!  i love Shirley and Leila a lot I  believe thay both working hard, Wow 21 nominations just 4 one mvie, Mehn Big ups to Leila Djansi, I love Omotola, Will vote massively 4 her to Win, understand why Ama k. was nominated 4 best Discovery, She has already made a Significant impact 4m Sinking Sand. Wish all the nominees Best of Luck

    • @vas, thank you very much Vas,people are so quick to judge and say things that are not true about our celebs, EMPRESS JOSELYN is an amazing talent considering she hasn’t been around for long,look at how well she’s doing in such a short time.let’s encourage new talents. I think Empress Joselyn deserves the nomination and she deserves to win as well.i also think she should have also been nominated for discovery as well


  14. dis nomination list really SUCKS. is PAPARAZZI a Ghanaian movie….. and if frank raja n pascal were nominated in da directing category , why was eddie watson not nominated in the best actor lead role or an up coming actor but nominated him in a way saying he is not a ghana. Bet me frank raja n pascal will win an award. directing n screenplay respectively.

  15. Some of ur are so stupid, like really stupid.
    Ok for eg…. American Music Awards for only Americans?? if ur song is on billboard Hot 
    100, u will be nominated. Adele, Rihanna, Akon etc have all won American Music Awards and they are not American.
    And Kimberly and Omotola was Nominated because the movie is 100% ghanan.
    My questions is….why dnt they Nominate Jackie for Death After Birth??
    And why is Majid Nominated Twice?

    @reese yes there’s a lot of Non-American who won Oscar. the girl who won 
    Best Actress 2008 she 100% French she bearly speak English, Kate Winslet as we all know is British, she won best Actress 2009,,,there’s a lot honey. I will list em.

  16. What’s up i am kavin, its my first time to commenting anyplace, when i read this post i thought i could also make comment due to this brilliant piece of writing.


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