Another Big Break: Abraham Attah Wins Black Film Critics Circle’s Rising Star Award!

Young Ghanaian rising actor, Abraham Attah, has received yet another award, the Black Film Critics Circle’s Rising Star award in the US for his role in “Beasts of No Nation”. Beasts of No Nation received a special mention, with young lead Abraham Attah getting the BFCC’s rising star award.

The Cary Joji Fuknaga directed movie was shot in Ghana stars Hollywood actor Idris Elba, Ghana’s Ama K. Abebrese, Grace Nortey and David Dontoh. The movie was also named among Black Film Critics Circle top 10 films of 2015. Here is the list:

  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

The organisation described Attah’s performance in the Civil War epic as “one of the strongest and most phenomenal we have ever seen”, adding that the young actor has “a very bright future ahead of him”.

He beat competition from RJ Cyler, Shameik Moore, Milo Parker and Jacob Tremblay.

Attah starred alongside Idris Elba in the movie, which was shot on location in Ghana, and was based on Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala’s 2005 novel of the same name.

‘Rocky’ spin-off ‘Creed’, starring Michael B Jordan, Tessa Thompson, and Sylvester Stallone- was adjudged the best film of 2015, whilst best ensemble performance and best original screenplay both went to the NWA biopic, ‘Straight Outta Compton’, produced by Rapper Ice Cube.

Abraham Attah is a 14 year old teenage Ghanaian actor. Attah, 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’ in which he made his feature film debut.

Abraham played the lead role of Agu who is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters, when civil war tears his family apart, and transformed into a child soldier. British actor, Idris Elba played the commander of the mercenary unit. For his leading role of child soldier Agu in the movie, Attah was awarded the Marcello Mastroianni’s Best Young Actor Award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.


While his fellow teenagers are still pre-occupied by teenage storm and stress, Abraham is busy carving a niche and a very bright future for himself in the world of entertainment and fame.

He has also been nominated for three awards so far: ‘Best Male Lead’ at the Spirit Awards 2015, ‘Outstanding Actor In a Motion Picture’ at the 47th annual National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) Image Awards and ‘Young Actor/Actress’ category at the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

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