The 15th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) have released their much-awaited annual nominees list for the upcoming 2021 award ceremony set to be held in May.
This year’s edition is admittedly remarkable with newcomer Netflix South Africa landing 45 spots on the nominations list. How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding leads the pack with 10 nominations.
This year’s awards will prove very competitive with telenovela favourites from local production house Tshedza Pictures The River and newcomer Legacy earning 12 nominations each.
How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding is admittedly the best limited TV comedy series to have come out of 2020, and has been nominated for Best Comedy, where it will contend with Showmax original Black Tax and SABC’s The Riviera.
The Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominations went to Busisiwe Lurayi and Clementine Mosimane; while Desmond Dube and Motlatsi Mafatshe are both nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
The first season of Blood & Water received five nominations for the highly prized Best TV Drama. Nosipho Dumisa’s directing has also been acknowledged with a Best Achievement in Directing nomination. The popular teen drama is also contending in the Best Achievement in Sound, Best Achievement in Scriptwriting and Best Achievement in Cinematography categories.
Season 1 of Queen Sono also managed to pull in five nominations, among them Best Supporting Actor for legendary actor James Ngcobo’s portrayal of President Malunga. The spy series also got nominee nods for its wardrobe, editing, scriptwriting and the stellar art direction.
The female-led Netflix romcom Seriously Single, written by Lwazi Mvusi, bagged two nominations and My Octopus Teacher, which recently won an Oscar, is nominated for Best Natural History and Environmental Programme.
Last year Tshedza Pictures walked away with 17 trophies; The River raked in most of them and its lead actress Sindi Dlathu bagged the most coveted title of the night, the Best Actress Award. Her astounding performance as Lindiwe Dikana has landed her another nomination in the same category this year. The show has since grown in popularity and together with new telenovela, Legacy, have claimed 24 nominations for the 15th instalment of the SAFTAs.
South Africa’s longstanding primetime soapies Skeem Saam, 7de Laan, Rhythm City and Scandal! which enjoy a cult following, have also been nominated. – okayafrica