14 year old Abraham Attah wins Black Film Critics Circle’s Rising Star Award

Young Ghanaian rising actor, Abraham Attah, has received yet another award, this time the rising star award, from the Black Film Critics Circle for his role in the movie, “Beasts of No Nation”.

Beasts of No Nation received a special mention, with the young lead getting the BFCC’s rising star award.

“The US critics’ association said the Ghanaian’s debut as an African child soldier was “one of the strongest and most phenomenal we have ever seen” and said he had “a very bright future ahead of him”.

Abraham Attah, 14, a street vendor, shot to fame after he won the Marcello Mastroianni’s Best Young Actor Award at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, for his performance in the movie alongside Idris Elba.

Abraham Attah with his Marcello Mastroianni’s Best Young Actor Award at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.

Attah Abraham, who is said to be without any acting background, was picked from the streets of Ghana during the shooting of Netflix’s movie “Beasts of No Nation.”

Beasts of No Nation is about a child soldier trapped in a civil war in an unnamed African country.

Abraham recently landed another international movie role, and will be a part of the adventure drama “The Modern Ocean” alongside A-List Hollywood actors including Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves and Daniel Radcliffe.

The Black Film Critics Circle also voted “Creed” as the best film of 2015.

In Creed, Rocky Balboa (left) becomes trainer and mentor to the son of his late rival.In Creed, Rocky Balboa (left) becomes trainer and mentor to the son of his late rival.

The Rocky spin-off was also given prizes for lead actor Michael B Jordan and for supporting players Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson.

The best ensemble performance award went to Straight Outta Compton, which also won for best original screenplay.

Brie Larson won best actress for Room and George Miller won best director for Mad Max: Fury Road, which also won the best cinematography prize.

Rapper Ice Cube, producer of NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, won a pioneer award for showing “artistic integrity and an unerring commitment to excellence”.

Cube, the BFCC said, “continues to defy expectations [and] expand the boundaries of what black film-makers can achieve”.

The Black Film Critics Circle also released their top 10 films of 2015.

1. Creed
2. Mad Max: Fury Road
3. Straight Outta Compton
4. Spotlight
5. The Martian
6. Room
7. Beasts of No Nation
8. The Hateful Eight
9. The Big Short
10. Ex Machina

Creed sees former boxing champion Rocky Balboa, played by Stallone, serve as trainer and mentor to the son of his late rival Apollo Creed.

By: Ebenezer Afanyi Dadzie/ files from BBC

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