Film, TV & Stage

Beasts of No Nation star Abraham Attah, 15, up against Will Smith for top film award

UP AGAINST HOLLYWOOD HEAVYWEIGHTS: Abraham Attah

UP AGAINST HOLLYWOOD HEAVYWEIGHTS: Abraham Attah

YOUNG FILM star Abraham Attah is no stranger to winning awards.

The 15-year-old made headlines last year after he scooped the much sought-after Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor at the Venice Film Festival in September.

And now, Abraham is facing his toughest competition yet, as he comes up against Hollywood heavyweights Will Smith, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Micheal Ealy and Micheal B. Jordon for the Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture Award at this year’s NAACP Image Awards.

Abraham, who was plucked from his job as a street vendor in his native Ghana and propelled into worldwide fame, has been nominated for the honourable gong for his lead role in the 2015 Netflix hit Beasts of No Nation.

His character, Agu, is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters and transformed into a child soldier, when civil war tears his family apart.

Directed by Emmy Award-winning Cary Fukunaga, the film also stars Idris Elba.

It became the first fictional feature produced and distributed by Streaming Service Netflix and is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala.

The movie also stars Ama K. Abebrese, Fred Amugi and Grace Nortey.

WORDS: Hazelann Williams 

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