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

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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.

GC Staff Ob