Johannesburg - South African heist thriller iNumber Number has been tipped in no fewer than 12 categories for the increasingly prestigious Africa Movie Academy Awards.
And for the first time in history the awards will be hosted by South Africa.
The nominations for the 2015 awards were announced – along with the name of the host country – at an invitation-only gala dinner in Beverly Hills. It will be the first time that the event will be held outside Nigeria since the awards were founded in 2004.
iNumber Number, which stars South Africa's best-loved baddie Israel Makoe and TV darling Hlubi Mboya as gangsters plotting a cash-in-transit heist – leads the pack with 12 nominations, including best director (Donovan Marsh) and best film – and best supporting actor for Makoe.
It’s a notable achievement considering that a record 800 films were entered this year.
Abderrahmane Sissako’s extraordinary tale of conflict in Mali, Timbuktu, received 11 nods, as did Phillipe Lacote’s epic Ivory Coast thriller Run.
Winner of best South African film at the Durban International Film Festival, Love the One You Love is also up for an award for best first feature from young Capetonian Jenna Bass.
Actor Tony Kgoroge has received a nod for his compelling performance in another gang thriller, Cold Harbour.
South African documentaries are also in the running. The Dream of Shahrazad by François Verster is nominated for best documentary alongside Nelson Mandela, The Myth and Me by Khalo Matabane.
The controversial South African sugar daddy film Of Good Report lifted top honours at the awards last year.
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