THE TEENAGE a star of Neflix’s most-watched original movie, Beasts of No Nation, has won the Black Film Critics Circle’s Rising Star award.
Abraham Attah, a former street vendor in Ghana, made his acting debut alongside Hollywood actor Idris Elba as an African child solider.
The 14-year-old’s performance was described by critics as “one of the strongest and most phenomenal we have ever seen” and said he had “a very bright future ahead of him”.
Beasts of No Nation received a Special Mention.
The main prize went to American sports drama Creed.
The war drama has racked up more than three million streaming views in the US in its 10 days of release.
The company’s head of content, Ted Sarandos, detailed the numbers in an interview with Deadline at the time, saying the audience size far outpaces the standard viewing numbers for a traditionally released speciality or independent film.
Netflix released the film, which it bought the rights to in March for $12 million, both on its own platform and in a limited number of cinemas in the US and UK starting October 16.
It marks one of the first simultaneous film releases backed by a streaming powerhouse. “We are just thrilled with the total audience reach of this film, not just in North America, but the world,” Sarandos said.
To date, Netflix has 69 million monthly subscribers, 43 million of which are in the US, in more than 50 countries around the world.