Industry breaks fresh ground with Riverwood awards
The first Riverwood Academy Awards were held in Alliance Francaise on Saturday where Janet Mbunga won the best actress in a television series award.
The awards that were attended by Hassan Wario Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Culture and are aimed at honoring Kenya’s film makers.
Among those who bagged top awards were Thomas Oyolo of Mheshimiwa as the best actor in feature films and Ruth Wacuka of Housemates as the best television series supporting actress.
Kang’ethe Mungai the director of Kikwetu Productions inaugurated the awards as the chairman of the organizing board.
Critics argued that most actors who won were from the directors own productions; Maisha Bure and Housemates.
The nominations, done on February 26 2014, were arrived at through a jury that included Dan Ndambuki, Nini Wacera, Allison Ngibuini and Bob Nyanja among other producers.
Nominations covered 32 different films from different production houses.
Below is a list of winners in the various categories.
Best lead actress in a TV series
Janet Mbunga, Housemates
Best supporting actress in a tv series
Ruth Wacuka, Housemates
Best lead actor in a TV series
Samuel Kaguora, Maisha Bure
Best supporting actor in a TV series
Alex Mwaura, Maisha Bure
Best lead actor in a feature film
Thomas Oyolo, Mheshimiwa
Best supporting actor in a feature film
Jonathan Mbithi, Ala Makai
Best lead actress in a feature film
Muthoni Thiongo, Tamed
Best supporting actress in a feature film
Margaret Wambui, Wretched
Best TV series
Susan Kadide, Stara
Godrey Kimotho, Ithe wa Mwana
Best original score
Mwendwa Mutua, Tamed
Ithe wa Mwana