Showmax Originals and exclusives earn record 23 nominations at Kalasha Awards 2022

Showmax has earned 23 nominations at the Kalasha Awards 2022 unveiled on November 10, 2022, by the Kenya Film Commission, a major boost from 2021 where Showmax Originals and exclusive titles scored 6 nominations.
This the highest achievement at the Kalasha Awards yet for Showmax, which launched its first Original title in Kenya (Crime and Justice) in March 2021 (with season 2 premiering in February 2022), and has since released five local Original titles that include the coming-of-age film Baba Twins, the drama series Single Kiasi, the thriller series Igiza and the ongoing political thriller series County 49.
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Speaking about the nominations, Denise Mwende, Showmax Content Specialist in East Africa, said “These 23 nominations are an acknowledgement of the caliber of local content that Showmax continues to put out there. It’s the kind of content that continues to set the bar high, both in storytelling and in offering variety to our subscribers. It’s been a great journey, and we are proud of all our Kalasha nominees at Showmax for their contribution in pushing the industry to the highest standards.”
Leading the pack for Showmax nominations is the coming-of-age film Baba Twins with eight nominations, including Best Feature, Best Director for Lawrence Murage and Best Lead Actor and Actress for Morris Mwangi and Violetta Ngina respectively.
County 49, which will air its season finale next week, follows closely behind with five nominations, including Best TV Drama, Best Actor for Peter Kawa and the newly introduced Best Supporting Actor and Actress for James Webbo and Nyokabi Macharia respectively
Other Showmax Originals nominated include Crime and Justice season 2 for Best TV Drama, Best Lead Actor for Alfred Munyua as the always so-by-the-book detective Silas; and Best Supporting Actor for Maqbul Mohammed; and Single Kiasi for Best Lead Actress for Gathoni Mutua.
And as it’s become the norm, This Love and Kyallo Kulture, Showmax exclusive titles, both created by Eugene Mbugua will battle it out in the same category of Best TV Show.
Adding to this impressive nomination list are Maisha Magic East, Maisha Magic Plus and Maisha Magic Movies titles that are available to stream on Showmax, bringing the overall number to a record-breaking 51 nominations, the highest-ever in history for any platform.
See the full Kalasha Awards 2022 nomination list of Showmax Originals, exclusives and all Maisha Magic titles available on Showmax.
Best TV Drama
County 49
Crime and Justice
Best Lead Actor in a TV Drama
Peter Kawa – County 49
Alfred Munyua – Crime and Justice S2
Jimmi Gathu – Kina
Joe Kinyua – Njoro wa Uba
Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama
Gathoni Mutua – Single Kiasi
Aisha Mwajumlah – Pete
Ivy Wanjiku – Sanura
Sanaipei Tande – Kina
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama
James Webbo – County 49
Maqbul Mohammed – Crime and Justice S2
Moses Kiema – Kina
Bryan Kabuggi – Salem
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Drama
Nyokabi Macharia – County 49
Foi Wambui – Salem
Julie Brenda Nyambura – Kina
Jane Wambui – Njoro wa Uba
Best TV Comedy
Roast House
Best TV Show
This Love
Kyallo Kulture
Date My Family Kenya
Best Viewers’ Choice (TV Drama)
County 49
Single Kiasi
Crime and Justice S2
Njoro wa Uba
Best Feature Film
Baba Twins
Best Lead Actor in a Film
Morris Mwangi – Baba Twins
Best Lead Actress in a Film
Violetta Ngina – Baba Twins
Best Supporting Actress in a Film
Annstella Karimi – Baba Twins
Sarah Mohammed – Zuena
Best Supporting Actor in a Film
Andrew Muthure – Bargain Bride
Best Original Screenplay
Lawrence Murage – Baba Twins
Best Director
Lawrence Murage – Baba Twins
Best Lighting Technician
Jerry Kavita – Baba Twins
Isaac Awene – Antisocial
Best Editor
Nicholas Kibathi – Baba Twins
Best Viewers’ Choice (Feature Film)
Best Make-Up and Hairstylist
Florence Muthoni – Kaz
Khadija Abdulqadir – Zuena
Best Director of Photography
Enos Olik – Antisocial
Best International Award
Joyce’s Dream – Tanzania


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