The 7th edition of the Africa Viewers' Choice Awards ( AMVCA) saw a surprising turnout of events from the complete shut out of crowd-pleaser 'King of Boys' to the king of the night, 'Living in Bondage'.
Weeks of predictions and voting came to a rousing end on Saturday, March 11, 2020 with major surprising wins and of course, major disappointments. For one, 'God Calling', one of the biggest nominees for this year took home 2 awards out of its 11 nominations while the Ramsey Nouah directed sequel, 'Living in Bondage Breaking Free' snatched a total of 8 awards including the coveted Trail Blazer and Overall Best Movie categories.
The biggest snub of the night was 2018 blockbuster, Kemi Adetiba's 'King of Boys' with its 6 nominations and zero win.
Most of the online reaction to KOB's massive AMVCA snub rested heavily on the AMVCA's 2019 silence that left the high grossing political drama with an unequal fighting chance against some 2019 nominees. The conversations mostly sidelined the fact that the movie got nominated in predominately voting categories thereby placing its chances of winning on the nominee with a gusto for getting muddy and canvassing votes.
Another film released in 2018 and nominated for this year's award was critically acclaimed psychological thriller 'Sylvia' directed by Daniel Oriahi. Its lead actress, Zainab Balogun got nominated in the Best Actress category that turned out to be Toyin Abraham's sole win of the night.
Abraham's singular win was also one of the shocking highlights of the award night. The actress has had a remarkable 2018 and 2019 and was nominated in both Best Actress category and twice in Best Actress in a Comedy category. Surprisingly, Abraham lost her comedy category for 'Bling Lagosians' and 'Kasanova' to Funke Akindele for her performance in 'Moms at War'.
Finally, Nollywood's current rave, 'Ratnik' made one of the night's second biggest winners with 2 wins from its 7 nominations. The Sci-fi won in both the Best Art Director and Best Costume categories.