List of African Academy Award winners and nominees

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This is a list of African Academy Award winners and nominees, including Academy Award winners and nominees who are from Africa by birth or citizenship.

Best Actress[edit]

Best Actress
Year Name Country Film Role Status Milestone
1971 Janet Suzman South Africa
United Kingdom
Nicholas and Alexandra Alexandra Feodorovna Nominated
2003 Charlize Theron South Africa
United States
Monster Aileen Wuornos Won
2005 South Africa
United States
North Country Josey Aimes Nominated
2016 Ruth Negga Ethiopia
Republic of Ireland
Loving Mildred Loving Nominated First Ethiopian nominated for an Academy Award in any category

First black African nominated for Best Actress

Best Actor in a Supporting Role[edit]

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Year Name Country Film Role Status Milestone
1962 Omar Sharif Egypt Lawrence of Arabia Sherif Ali Nominated
2003 Djimon Hounsou Benin
United States
In America Mateo Nominated
2006 Djimon Hounsou Benin
United States
Blood Diamond Solomon Vandy Nominated
2013 Barkhad Abdi Somalia
United States
Captain Phillips Abdiwali Muse Nominated

Best Actress in a Supporting Role[edit]

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Year Name Country Film Role Status Milestone
2013 Lupita Nyong'o Kenya
Mexico
12 Years a Slave Patsey Won Nyong'o was born in Mexico.

Best Foreign Language Film[edit]

The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film is awarded to a country, not to an individual, and the submitting country is the officially designated nominee in this category.

Academy Award for Foreign Language Film
Year Country Flag Film Status Milestone
1969 Algeria Algeria Z Won First African film to win an Academy Award.
1976 Ivory Coast Ivory Coast Black and White in Color Won
1983 Algeria Algeria Le Bal Nominated
1995 Dust of Life Nominated
2004 South Africa South Africa Yesterday Nominated
2005 Tsotsi Won First non-French-language African film to win in this category.
2006 Algeria Algeria Days of Glory Nominated
2010 Outside the Law Nominated
2014 Mauritania Mauritania Timbuktu Nominated

Best Documentary Feature[edit]

Academy Award for Documentary Feature
Year Name Film Status Milestone
2013 Jehane Noujaim (director) The Square Nominated

Best Film Editing[edit]

Academy Award for Film Editing
Year Name Film Status Milestone
2015 Margaret Sixel Mad Max: Fury Road Won Sixel is a South African-born Australian

Best Music, Original Score[edit]

Academy Award for Original Music Score
Year Name Country Film Status Milestone
1985 Caiphus Semenya South Africa The Color Purple Nominated
1987 Jonas Gwangwa South Africa Cry Freedom Nominated

Best Music, Original Song[edit]

Academy Award for Best Original Song
Year Name Country Film Song Status Milestone
1987 Jonas Gwangwa South Africa Cry Freedom "Cry Freedom" Nominated Nominated with George Fenton
2012 Herbert Kretzmer South Africa
United Kingdom
Les Misérables "Suddenly" Nominated Kretzmer is a South African-born Englishman. Nominated with Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)[edit]

Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay
Year Name Country Film Adapted From Status Milestone
1987 Mark Peploe Kenya The Last Emperor From Emperor to Citizen: The Autobiography of Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi by Henry Pu Yi Won
2009 Neill Blomkamp South Africa
Canada
District 9 Alive in Joburg
by Neill Blomkamp
Nominated

See also[edit]