Abraham Attah to present award at Oscars 2016
Award winning Ghanaian actor, Abraham Attah will present an award at the 2016 edition of the Academy Awards (Oscars).
The young star is among a number of personalities who have been named to present awards at the 88th edition of the awards on February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.
The young Ghanaian actor, known for his role as a child soldier, Agu, in the movie ‘Beast of No Nation’, was part of a third batch of presenters announced for the 2016 Oscars telecast.
The list of the third batch of presenters also includes Patricia Arquette, Cate Blanchett, Emily Blunt, Chris Evans, Jennifer Garner, Russell Crowe, Common and Rachel McAdams. The rest are Louis Gossett, Jr., Michael B. Jordan, Dev Patel, Eddie Redmayne, Daisy Ridley, Sarah Silverman and Sofia Vergara.
The 2016 Oscars has been heavily criticised for what many say is the total neglect of Blacks from the top categories. The criticisms led to #OscarsSoWhite trending on twitter for several weeks. Some Black actors – including Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith – have threatened to boycott the February 28 event.
Pundits have argued that Abraham Attah’s performance in ‘Beast of No Nation’ should have earned him a nomination in the awards this year. ‘Beast of No Nation’ is Abraham’s first ever movie role and already, the young Ghanaian actor has won three awards.
He won the Venice International Film Festival Marcello Mastroianni Best Young Actor Award, National Board of Review Award for Best Breakthrough Performance (shared with Jacob Tremblay), and Black Film Critics Circle|Black Film Critics Circle Rising Star Award.