Even though the moment has now passed, I can still recall my ‘legal high’ that began at 6.30 p.m. on Saturday, 29th October 2016, ending at around 4.00 a.m. on Sunday, 30th October 2016, when I reluctantly decided that it would be wise to get some rest for the long day ahead – after a hearty full English breakfast, of course!
Having missed the event for the past nine years for one reason or another, I was determined that I would not miss this year’s 10th annual Movie Video and Screen Awards (MViSA). Founded by Birmingham-based Dean Alexander, the MViSA recognises the talents and achievements of people of colour within the British film, television, sport and music industry.
Celebrities attending this year’s event included Rudolph Walker, Don Warrington, Shawn Wallace, Wil Johnson, [Games of Thrones] and [wheelchair user] , as well as many of the actors and actresses from shows such as Eastenders, Holby City and Casualty.
Held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, the event began with a ‘Red Carpet Reception’ where stunningly attired guests and celebrities were able to indulge in some delicious au d’houvres and drinks before sitting down to enjoy a wonderful Michelin-style three-course dinner, during which a live guitar playing artist entertained the crowd.
With everyone having been well ‘fed and watered’, the awards ceremony was officially opened by Rudolph Walker. Hosted jointly by Wil Johnson and Fiona Wade, celebrities presented other celebrities with the well-deserved and beautifully crafted 18ct gold plated awards.
Nominees for the coveted androgynous faced awards were selected by the public, who voted for their favourites on social media and other platforms, culminating in awards on the night going to:
Best Actor – Adrian Lester OBE (Undercover – BBC1)
Best Actress – Diane Parish (Eastenders – BBC1)
Best Emerging Talent – Paul Chiedozie (Brash Young Turks – Trailblazer Films)
Best TV Presenter – Ade Adepitan (New York: America’s Busiest City – BBC2)
Best Broadcast Journalist – Charlene White (ITV News)
Best Soap – Eastenders (BBC1)
Best Long Running Drama – Casualty (BBC1)
Best TV Drama – Undercover (BBC1)
Best UK Movie – Brash Young Turks (Trailblazer Films)
Best Factual Production – Reggie Yates (Extreme UK – BBC3)
Best TV Channel – ITV UK
Ebony Vanguard Award – Don Warrington MBE
Westmore Ezekiel Award – Nonso Anozie
Best Festival Film – Everything But A Man – Nnegest Likke
Best Festival Short – Jus Soli – Simon Jenkins
Video messages were received from those unable to attend the event, which included Adrian Lester, Reggie Yates and Charlene White.
During the awards ceremony more live entertainment was provided by Omar, Wayne Marshall, Chyna Whyne, Lurline Cato and Doneao, with the latter’s ‘Party Hard’ being most appropriate for the ‘After Party’ that was yet to come. And boy, did they party hard in Europe’s first Park Regis hotel to music provided by Stone Heart, Wil Johnson and Dean Alexander!
It is a crying shame that none of the mainstream TV stations saw fit to accept invitations to come along and film the event. At the end of the day, their absence for reasons best known to them did not in any way spoil what was without doubt a most fantastic evening.
Dean Alexander and his team are to be applauded for putting on an event that highlights the too often ignored talent to be found amongst people of colour within the film, TV, sports and music industry in the UK. Well done, guys! I can’t for the 11th Annual Movie Video & Screen Awards, which I already know will be taking place on Saturday, 28th October 2017.
Article by Maureen Smith, Tropical Connections, Caribbean Property Specialists