Although Abraham Attah, the young Ghanaian star of ‘Beasts of No Nation’, did not score 2016 Oscars nominations, he has been invited to take part in the 88th Academy Awards. He will be presenting at the awards ceremony which will be hosted by Chris Rock on February 28 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Carlifornia.
The young Ghanaian actor, known for his role as a child soldier, Agu, in the movie ‘Beast of No Nation’, was part of a third batch of presenters announced for the 2016 Oscars telecast. Past Oscar winners Patricia Arquette, Eddie Redmayne and Common are also among the batch of recently announced presenters. They will join previously announced presenters that include Quincy Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Carell, Jared Leto, Julianne Moore, Olivia Munn, Margot Robbie, Jason Segel and Andy Serkis.
A lot of people looked forward to seeing Abraham Attah nominated for an Award at this year’s Oscars because of his exceptional child soldier role in the movie, ‘Beast of No Nation’. A role that earned the 14 year-old actor a global recognition as well as three major awards: Venice International Film Festival Marcello Mastroianni Best Young Actor Award, National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance (shared with Jacob Tremblay), and Black Film Critics Circle|Black Film Critics Circle Rising Star Award.
It is worthy of note that Attah is on the rise has recently secured himself another film role via American director Shane Carruth’s adventure film, “The Modern Ocean” where he will be starring opposite Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield and Jeff Goldblum. He will also star in a short film titled “Out of the Village,” by a first time director called Jonathan Stein coming soon.
We would recall that the 2016 Oscars has been heavily criticized for what many say is the total neglect of Blacks from the top categories. The criticisms led to #OscarsSoWhite# trending on twitter for several weeks.
It was for this reason that some Black actors including Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith threatened to boycott the February 28 event and were seriously backed by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett’s spouse.