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Genevieve Nnaji, Majid Michel, Yvonne Nelson, OC Ukeje, Emem Isong & “I’ll Take My Chances” Make the Nominees List of the Inaugural Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards – Find Out Who is Also on It



On Saturday 20th October 2012, the inaugural edition of the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (GIAMA) will take place in grand style at the HBU, Morris Cultural Arts Center, Dunham Theater, 7502 Fondren Road Houston, Texas 77074-3298, USA.

As we all wait to see what our favorite movie stars will be spotted in, check out the recently released nominees list. Some of the movies nominated for the biggest award category – Best Motion Picture, include Mr. & Mrs. starring Joseph Benjamin and Nse Ikpe-Etim, I’ll Take My Chances starring Ini Edo, Bryan Okwara and Jide Kosoko, Somewhere in Africa and Two Brides & A Baby.

Other big categories include African Film Best Actor, where Majid Michel, OC Ukeje, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Joseph Benjamin and Hakeem Kae Kazim will battle it out to win the award, African Film Best Actress with Ini Edo, Jackie Appiah, Nse Ekpe Etim, Stella Damasus and Nadia Buari will go head-to-head, GIAMA Humanitarian Award and Best Cinematography.

Speaking on the nominations, a Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards committee said surfing through the enormous amount of movies that were submitted for the GIAMA, most especially those that were produced in the Diaspora, was quite challenging to watch. However, there were a few movies that stood out and are worthy of being applauded and rewarded. Some of the movies include Bianca, Secret Past, The Mechanic, Paparazzi, Black Money and a few others. This is a clear indication that movies in the Diaspora, especially in the United States, continue to improve over time.

Top Nigerian actor/Fashion designer Jim Iyke has been announced as this year’s host.

Full List of Nominees
Best Motion Picture

  • Unge’s War
  • Man On Ground
  • Somewhere In Africa
  • Mr. & Mrs.
  • Two Brides & A Baby
  • I’ll Take My Chances

Best Drama Film

  • Brides Groom
  • In the Cupboard
  • Kokomma
  • Somewhere In Africa
  • Two Brides & A Baby
  • Enemy Of the Family

Best Actor

  • Majid Michel – Somewhere In Africa
  • Jimmy Jean-Louis – Sinking Sands
  • OC Ukeje – Two Brides & A Baby
  • George Davidson – Dangerous Men
  • Joseph Benjamin – Mr. & Mrs.
  • Hakeem Kae Kazim –  Man on Ground

Best Actress

  • Ini Edo – In the Cupboard
  • Jackie Appiah – Deadly Affair
  • Nse Ekpe Etim – Mr. & Mrs.
  • Stella Damasus – Two Brides & a Baby
  • Yvonne Okoro – Single 6
  • Nadia Buari – Hands of Time

Best Comedy Act

  • Okon Lagos – Ime Bishop Umoh
  • Wisdom of Thomas – Funke Akindele
  • Dumebi – Mercy Johnson
  • Okon Lagos – Monalisa Chinda
  • Eletan – Lilian Bach

Best New Actor

  • Leo’ Uche – Unge’s War
  • Uti Nwachukwu – In the Cupboard
  • Bryan Okwara –  I’ll Take My Chances
  • Bobby Michaels – Facebook Lovers
  • Eddie Watson – Single 6
  • James Gardener – Brides Groom

Best New Actress

  • Keira Hewatch – Two Brides & A Baby
  • Nana Akua Amoah – Single 6
  • Belinda Effah – Kokomma
  • Zita Galega – Single 6
  • Ama .K. Abebrese – Sinking Sands
  • Joy Orie (JJ Bunny) – Trapped in the Game

Best Supporting Actor

  • Alex Ekubo – In the Cupboard
  • Okey Uzoeshi – Two Brides & a Baby
  • Van Vicker – Hands of Time
  • Frank Attus – Trapped in the Game
  • Leo U’Che – Dangerous Men
  • Yemi Blaq – Sinking Sands

Best Original Screenplay

  • Sinking Sands – Leila Djansi
  • Unge’s War – GuGu Michael
  • In the Cupboard – Desmond Elliot
  • My Life, My Damage – Uche Jombo
  • Two Brides & A Baby – Blessing Egbe
  • Single 6 – Pascal Amafo

Best Supporting Actress

  • Chelsea Eze – Two Brides & A Baby
  • Biola Segun Williams – In the Cupboard
  • Yvonne Nelson – Trapped in the Game
  • Martha Ankomah – Somewhere in Africa
  • Lilian Ini Ikpe – Kokomma
  • Chisom Oz Lee – Timeless Passion

Best Indigenous Film (Native Language)

  • Unge’s War
  • Eletan
  • Okon Lagos
  • Idomo
  • Kokomma
  • Udeme Mi

Best Film Director

  • Two Brides & A Baby – Teco Benson
  • Kokomma – Tom Robson
  • Somewhere in Africa –  Frank Rajah Arase
  • In the Cupboard – Desmond Elliot
  • Hands of Time – Van Vicker
  • Deadly Affair – Phil Efe Bernard

Best Film Producer

  • GuGu Michaels – Unge’s War
  • Kwame Boadu – Somewhere in Africa
  • Emem Isong – I’ll Take My Chances
  • Chinwe Egwuagu – Mr. & Mrs.
  • Abdul Salam Mumuni – Brides Groom
  • Blessing Egbe – Two Brides & A Baby

Best Costume

  • I’ll Take My Chances
  • Brides Groom
  • Somewhere in Africa
  • Unge’s War
  • Two Brides & A Baby

Best Sound

  • Deadly Affair
  • Sinking Sands
  • Somewhere in Africa
  • I’ll Take My Chances
  • Unge’s War
  • Brides Groom

Best Cinematography

  • Unge’s War
  • Man on Ground
  • Brides Groom
  • Sinking Sands
  • Two Brides & A Baby
  • Deadly Affair

GIAMA Humanitarian Award

  • Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde – Omotola Youth Empowerment (OYEP) Foundation
  • Nana Ama Mcbrown – Nana Ama and The Mcbrown Family Foundation
  • Van Vicker – Van Vicker Foundation
  • Juliet Ibrahim – The Juliet Ibrahim Kidney Cancer Foundation (JIF)
  • John Dumelo – John Dumelo Foundation
  • Monalisa Chinda – Monalisa Chinda Sunshine Foundation

Best Film – Diaspora

  • Bianca
  • Secret Past
  • The Entrapped
  • The Mechanic (Who is the Man)
  • Black Money
  • Paparazzi

Best Actress – Diaspora

  • Sanu Kalu – Scarlet
  • Divine Shaw – Black Money
  • Maureen Esealuka – Bianca
  • Amaka Morghalu – Faithfulness
  • Syr Law – The Entrapped
  • Seun Maduka – The Mechanic (Who is the Man)

Best Supporting Actress – Diaspora

  • Susan Peters – The Entrapped
  • Nancy Agyapong – DSK Unauthorized
  • Charmaine Turpin – Bianca
  • Summer Angel – Tears of My Joy
  • Wins Tina Taylor – Scarlet
  • Ify Efy – The Mechanic (Who is the Man)

Best Actor – Diaspora

  • Chet Anekwe – Bianca
  • Van Vicker – Black Money
  • Pascal Atuma – Secret Past
  • Ramsey Nouah – Exposure
  • John Dumelo – Scarlet
  • Tchidi Chikere – When Heaven Smiles

Best Supporting Actor – Diaspora

  • Olalekan Akintude – Black Money
  • Oscar Atuma – The Mechanic (Who is the Man)
  • Mohamed Bah – Secret Past
  • Koby Maxwell – Paparazzi: Eye In The Dark
  • Curtis John Miller – Grey Focus

Best Film Director – Diaspora

  • Robert Peters – Black Money
  • Ab Sallu – Secret Past
  • John Uche – Bianca
  • Pascal Atuma – The Mechanic (Who is the Man)
  • George Kalu – Faithfulness
  • Bayo Akinfemi – Paparazzi: Eye In The Dark

Best Film Producer – Diaspora

  • Secret Past – Mohammed Bah
  • Bianca – John Uche
  • The Entrapped – Wendy Bangura
  • The Mechanic (Who is the Man) – Pascal Atuma
  • Paparazzi – Clarice Kulah/ Koby Maxwell
  • Black Money – Chris Ikpefua

Best Male Act

  • John Dumelo
  • Ramsey Nouah
  • Majid Michel
  • Desmond Elliot
  • Van Vicker
  • Jim Iyke
  • Mike Ezuruonye
  • Yemi Blaq

Best Female Act

  • Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde
  • Mercy Johnson
  • Nadia Buari
  • Genevieve Nnaji
  • Uche Jombo
  • Jackie Appiah
  • Tonto Dikeh
  • Ini Edo

Best Film Director

  • Kunle Afolayan
  • Frank Rajah-Arase
  • Desmond Elliot
  • Pascal Amanfo
  • Tunde Kelani
  • Teco Benson
  • Phil Efe Bernard
  • Tom Robson

Best Male Act

  • Tchidi Chikere
  • Pascal Atuma
  • Chet Anekwe
  • Hakeem Kae-Kazim
  • Oliver Mbamara

Best Female Act

  • Sana Kanu
  • JJ Bunny
  • Veeda Darko
  • Seun Maduka
  • Merlissa Determined

Best Male Act

  • Idris Elba
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Denzel Washington
  • Kevin Hart
  • Will Smith
  • Don Cheadle
  • Isaiah Washington
  • Djimon Hounsou

Best Female Act

  • Meagan Good
  • Kerri Washington
  • Lynn Whitfield
  • Queen Latifah
  • Halle Berry
  • Taraji Henson
  • Princess Monique
  • Sophie Okonedo

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  1. konnie

    August 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Was Genny in any of these shots. didn’t see her

  2. Laila Ikeji

    August 31, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Jim Iyke, host? cool!!

  3. nich

    August 31, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    is time for jj bunny to be recognized…….she has really put in a lot of work

  4. davidson

    August 31, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Yes!!!!! Another popularity contest, plus publicity seeking opportunity, there r new actresses that have acted movies this year but not on that list(viewers choice), but someone who doesn’t have her movie in the market is there… Tchidi Chikere diaspora actor seriously? Since when? Ama K best NEW actress Jesox!!!! When will we have credible awards in Nigeria? Plus I don’t see americans hosting their awards in Nigeria.. God help us..

    • Lolan

      September 1, 2012 at 3:42 am

      It is called if you can’t win award for nonsense convince someone to host one that you can win. Susan Peters will soon be nominated since talentless Bryan was

  5. The Kinkster

    August 31, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    So its a Nigerian awards show, most of the nominees are Nigeria-based, but it will hold Texas! I’m getting you…NOT!

    Just like the NEAs in NY, doesn’t really make sense to me at all

  6. huh?

    August 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I just feel Genny ,deserve more than Nigerian movies Award

  7. Bay

    August 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    All Hail Queen Genny

  8. Bukki

    August 31, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    BellaNaija! When we drop comments about Omotola you will Not post it! But they drop comments on genevieve , even unnecessary comments it will be everywhere ! Really surprised at you!

    • Mosun

      September 1, 2012 at 1:42 am

      LMAO…. You dey vex… Ori yato si Ori naw…. The day you people stop comparing both women, naija will rest! Genevieve got verified on twitter, Omotolas fans start asking her when she will get verified too? Why for? Kmt…. Stop comparing them! Use other peoples names not Genevieve!

    • Bukki

      September 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      And they didn’t ask others? Well…I don’t know .am not on twitter…so now that they ask genny when she will marry I guess your point is its because of Omotola? Smh!

    • feyi A

      September 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

      “When we drop comments about Omotola”…… so all of u that say lovely things about omotola know yourselves here? lmao. see as you take hand expose una misson for nothing…… nothing man no go see for nigeria internet ni. look, its not by nice comment online. hate comments de yapaa for oprah, beyonce, lady gaga, rihanna and plenty international stars but they still are STARS. so all of you should continue doing suegbe parole there and be rushing to write notes for perfect life omotola like it counts. and abeg face person wey send you work leave genevieve name from your mouth.

    • Bukki

      September 1, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      All these your yarns means what exactly? Who sent you that did not send me? Abeg park well. Bellanaija knows why I write that, and why they chose to post only that statement and left the rest. iwon gan suegbe!

    • feyi A

      September 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      my reply under the one for dami BN just posted is for you suegbe nla :D.

  9. Jay

    August 31, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Loved Mercy Johnson in Dumebi. Enjoyed it from start to finish. Hope she wins her category.

  10. Mosun

    September 1, 2012 at 1:43 am

    LMAO…. You dey vex… Ori yato si Ori naw…. The day you people stop comparing both women, naija will rest! Genevieve got verified on twitter, Omotolas fans start asking her when she will get verified too? Why for? Kmt…. Stop comparing them! Use other peoples names not Genevieve’s!

    • dami

      September 1, 2012 at 9:48 am

      It’s no big deal if the fans of omotola were asking her that, it’s as a result of the much love they have for her, telling her, even if she never thought it’s a big deal in the first place. leave comparison out cos omotola is way ahead.

    • feyi A

      September 1, 2012 at 11:34 am

      its no big deal but una omotola had to retweet it ni? when twitter verify them ice prince and co people asked mi, wizkid and co to go and get verified too but they didnt retweet cos no be their cup of tea…. but omotola???? since genevieve has it she will not rest unless she get hers to prove yeye point. she done storm twitter to prove a point then make it look like its because her fans where the ones asking. na today yansh begin de for back? no actor they see genevieve back for nollywood at all at all stay there dey console yourself it might help your blood pressure.

    • feyi A

      September 3, 2012 at 8:42 am

      actually no they didnt send me…… i am genevieve nnaji herself and her pr too. mstchew!! you double park well for there. you have any idea BN refused to post my comment to dami and how many more? abegi your we comment exposed your ass leave talk. learn work well if you de enter field. suegbe nla.

  11. dami

    September 1, 2012 at 10:28 am

    It’s no big deal if the fans of omotola were asking her that, it’s as a result of the much love they have for her, telling her, even if she never thought it’s a big deal in the first place

  12. feyi A

    September 1, 2012 at 11:13 am

    something ratchet about this award sha. denzel washington, will smith and co are aware they were nominated? and all this films they nominated were they submitted abi na amaa former nominate based on popularity to gain attention style them use? na wa for all this award popping out

  13. Truth hurts

    September 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Im yawning ooooo. This is all crap. Kokomma, mr&mrs and many other movies here have not been released, yet makes the list. What is this selection based on. If the people have not watched it then how do we vote. That aside Okon Lagos is an awesome film and should surely win something + it has been in the market for over 7months.

    Most of the films listed above are too current and have not circulated yet, just goes to show its all a scam. We need honest people carrying out award ceremonies. I wonder how one goes up to receive an award that is not deserving, it all boils down to the saying that Nigerians are the problem and not the govt.

    You all should act like Chinua Achebe who has refused any award from the federal govt cos of the kind of people those awards are given to. I dont blame him, cos its annoying to be recognised alongside one who has achieved nothing. Enticing as it may be u film makers should know when to draw the line and do the right thing.

    • Chris Inyaku

      September 2, 2012 at 5:09 am

      Nominations were based on movies that were submitted, just like the OSCARS — I guess you are one of the smartest folks out there.. Keep talking, you are very special..

  14. who?

    September 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    which international award do u want genny to win with her artificial and stiff acting?

  15. who?

    September 1, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    awards here, awards there, no wonder they have lost their value entirely.

  16. genny

    September 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    genny is a local champion so which other awards a part from naija award do u want her to get now? una dey overrate her too much, see her Mercy Johnson don dethrone her big time. I luv Dumebi the dirty girl, Mercy J is a diva.

    • feyi A

      September 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      she is a local champion but you know her so what does that make you with your namelessness???? and africa sabi you?? naija sabi you?? carribean sabi you!????!!! who expect from your friends and family. your life don dagburu sha….. pele.

  17. neli

    September 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    wich award apart from nigeria play award do u think genny deserve?

  18. Alias

    September 3, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Nihgerians, you people are just a bunch of complainers, that’s why your country is the way it is. Una no dey tire. In everything, you only see the negatives. Keep at it and you guys will remain where you are.

  19. Lolan

    September 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    This is an award for all the Nollywood actors that have been swimming in the cesspit of mediocrity. The only put Genevieve’s name there to see if they can attract her to the event which she will obviously not go. Bella Naija please stop partnering with people who don’t care about the work but the accolades

  20. keechi

    September 5, 2012 at 8:59 am

    This is a lil info for those saying that this is a Nigerian awards ceremony; plz get it right. It’s a GIAMA awards ceremony which stands for Golden Icons AFRICAN Movie Awards (meaning it’s the whole of AFRICA and Golden Icons is the name of an entertainment company in Houston, Texas so it makes perfect sense that it would be held there NOT in Nigeria. Just saying…

  21. keechi

    September 5, 2012 at 9:00 am

    my bad I meant ACADEMY not AFRICAN…but it’s including the entire AFRICAN continent’s entertainment industry.

    • kreen

      September 7, 2012 at 7:33 am

      how to vote?

  22. Tobi

    October 19, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Looking forward to this one – going down tomorrow! Gon’ be great!

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