No Oscar’s nomination for Shemu Joyah’s film


By Sam Banda Jnr:

GIFT FOR MALAWI— Joyah (right) flanked by Masina (centre) and Phiri

Filmmaker Shemu Joyah’s film The Road to Sunrise, which was submitted to the Oscar’s, has failed to get a nomination.

The film, which sparked last year being voted the Best Movie–Southern Africa in the 2018 Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards (AMVCAs), was submitted in the category of the Best Foreign Language.


This was the first time for the country to submit a film to the Oscars.

The nominations were made on Tuesday.

“Of course, we did not get nominated. In fact no African film made the semi-final list of nine films from which the final five have been nominated,” Joyah said.


A committee selected Joyah’s film which also received seven nominations in the 2018 Africa Movie Academy Awards (Amaa) before being submitted to the Oscars.

The veteran filmmaker, who has also produced other award winning films such as Seasons of a Life and The Last Fishing Boat, said the country needs to embrace the Oscars to be part of the international stage.

The Academy Awards , also known as the Oscars, are a set of 24 awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences , to recognise excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership.

The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the Academy Award of Merit, although more commonly referred to by its nickname Oscar.

The award was originally sculpted by George Stanley from a design sketch by Cedric Gibbons.

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony, honouring the best films of 2018, will be held on 24 February 24 2019, at the Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles, California, United States of America.

Some of the films that have received more nominations include Black Panther.

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