Film, TV & Stage

Ghanaian teen Abraham Attah wins Spirit Award for first acting role in Beasts of No Nation

WINNER: Beasts of No Nation star Abraham Attah

WINNER: Beasts of No Nation star Abraham Attah

TEEN ACTOR Abraham Attah took home the Best Male Lead Award at the Independent Spirit Awards last night.

The 15-year-old, a former Ghanaian street vendor, captured the highest honour for an actor at the gala event for his performance in Beasts Of No Nation, which also happened to be his first acting role ever.

Abraham received a standing ovation from his peers as he hit the podium to accept the best actor prize previously won by Michael Keaton, Matthew McConaughey, Jeff Bridges, Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bill Murray.

DOUBLE ACT: Idris and Abraham on the red carpet

DOUBLE ACT: Idris and Abraham on the red carpet

He and 43-year-old Idris had a nice moment earlier on in the ceremony as the British actor brought Abraham on stage while accepting his award in the Best Supporting Male category.

Idris told the young star: “I couldn’t have done it without you.”

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