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Oscar 2015: And the Oscar Goes To…. By Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo

February 22, 2015

This night, Hollywood will honor the best movies of the year 2014. Stars will come out to celebrate America’s creative best. There would be awards in different categories- best movie, best actor, best actress, best supporting actor and actress, best drama, best comedy, best director and a lot more.


In a parallel universe, a similar event is happening for Nigerian actors and actresses. Here are the nominees for the Best Movies of 2014:

Best Motion Pictures.

1.     Nigerian Sniper

2.     Birdman

3.     Boyhood.

4.     Grand Spotless Hotel

5.     The Imitation Game.

6.     Selma

7.     Theory of Everything.

8.     Whiplash

9.     Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes

10.  Finding The Missing Billions.

Brief description of movies nominated for best pictures.

1. Nigerian Sniper: Using the famous Jonathan’s 1000 Sniper list, director Al Mustapha deconstructs the stories of the victims.

2. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): They said luck finally runs out. But what happens to a man when it happens?

3. Boyhood: A bio-epic that chronicles the life of Femi Fani-Kayode from his days as Bianca’s heartthrob to the wilderness days.

4. The Grand Spotless Hotel: The story of Ayo Fayose’s meeting with conspirators in a hotel to plan how to rig the election in Ekiti.

5. The Imitation Game: A documentary showing how hard Tiwa Savage works to attain Lady Gaga’s level of notoriety.

6. Selma: Abuja indigenes finally rise to demand the right to freely walk the streets of Asokoro and Maitama districts.

7. The Theory of Everything: A checkered political life story of Olusegun Obasanjo in the last two decades, from 1995-2015.

8.     Whiplash: An imaginary tale of what will happen if Pres. Jonathan loses the election and returns to Asari Dokubo’s creek.

9.     Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes: The transformational changes of the Nigerian presidency from 1999 to 2014.

10. Finding The Missing Billions: First it was $49 bn, then, $20 bn. The search for missing oil money in NNPC’s vaults.


Best Actors Nominees:

1.     Doyin Okupe in “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes.”

2.     Asari Dokubo in “Whiplash”

3.     Muhammadu Buhari in “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

4.     Ayo Fayose in “The Grand Spotless Hotel.”

5.     Goodluck Jonathan in “Birdman”


Best Actress Nominees:

6.     Patience Jonathan in “Goodbye to Language.”

7.     Ngozi Okonjo Iweala in “Finding the Missing Billions.”

8.     Diezani Alison Madueke in “Finding the Missing Billions”

9.     Linda Ikeji in “The Internet's Own Girl: The Story of Linda Ikeji

10. Tiwa Savage in “The Imitation Game.”

Best Director

1.     Sambo Dasuki for “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

2.     Bola Tinubu for “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

3.     Asari Dokubo in “Whiplash”

4.     Olusegun Obasanjo in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

5.     Ayo Fayose in “The Grand Spotless Hotel.”

Best Supporting Actors

1.     Femi Fani-Kayode in “Boyhood” for his supporting role to cocaine.

2.     D’Banj in “Goatcatcher”

3.     Rotimi Amaechi in “How To Train Your Dragon 2.”

4.     Sanusi Lamido Sanusi in “Finding the Missing Billions.”

5.     Flavor in “Most Wanted Baby Daddy.”

Best Original Script

1.  Musiliu Obanikoro for “The Grand Spotless Hotel.”

2. Reuben Abati for “Goatcatcher.”

3.  Ayo Osinbajo for “How to Train Your Dragon 2”

4.  Tuface Idibia for “Most Wanted Baby Daddy.”

5. Omoyele Sowore for “Dear Ijaw People.”

Best Comedy

1. Goatcatcher

2. Most Wanted Baby Daddy

3. Tale of the Princess of Okirika.

4. The Lunchbox: The Majek Fashek Story

5.The Good Lie

Best Drama.

1.     Dear Ijaw People.

2.     Captain Shekau: The Sambisa Warrior.

3.     Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow.

4.     Finding the Missing Billions.

5.     Nigerian Sniper.

Best Sound Track

1. A Most Wanted Baby Daddy by Tuface

2. Finding the Missing Billions by Olamide

3. Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow by Don Jazzy

4. Gone Girl by Cossy Orjiakor.

5. Blue Room by Mahedah.

We wish all the nominees good luck tonight.