The 13th Annual SAFTAs (South African Film and Television Awards) are around the corner-March 2nd to be exact and the awards honour, celebrate and promote creativity, quality and excellence of SA film & TV talent. It’s an awards ceremony that encourages entrepreneurship and the development of new talent. This year the show will take place in, none other than the gorgeous Sun City.
If last year is anything to go by, we can guarantee that this year is going to be another stellar night filled with glitz, glam and of course drama. It’s what we came here for, right? This years’ theme is “Dare to Dream”, so the sky's the limit.
The nominees were announced last Friday morning at a very low key press conference at The Zone in Rosebank.
The announcement yielded a bag of nominations for 1Magic’s hit series, The River with 17 of them and for Mzansi Magic’s popular family drama, Isibaya, which lifted 12 nominations.
The real competition lies with the highly contested category of best actor and best actress in a telenovela. Moshidi Motshegwa, Sindi Dlathu and Jo Anne Reyneke will battle it out among the actresses and Hlomla Dandala, Siya Radebe and Presley Chweneyagae among the actors. Whoever gets to take home the gold SAFTA horn, also stands to win a record R50 000.
The SAFTAs have also announced that throughout the course of the night, they wish to slow things down and take a moment of silence to honour those heroes and heroines who have passed on but have contributed to the television and film industry.
In lighter news, McDonald’s South Africa, through its coffee brand McCafé, says it is proud to be associated once again with the SAFTAS as it celebrates individuals who have not only worked hard for recognition but have showcased amazing work.
According to the McDonald’s team, it has had a strong sustainable relationship with the film and television industry since the year 2016 and, this year, it has migrated its sponsorship from the Best Youth Production category to the Best Actor and Best Actress in a Feature Film.
The category for best show in the land will be missing two of its longest running soapies Muvhango and Generations: The Legacy. These popular soapies Muvhango and Generations: The Legacy, have once again boycotted the awards, previously calling the SAFTA process unfair and lacking credibility. Sounds like a bitter break up, yikes.
Well, however the night turns out, we can't help but to congratulate all the nominees for their hard work and dedication to their craft. We also love a good couch potato binge session, so thank you for that too.
If you want to be part of the action, make sure you secure your seat and cop your ticket from Computicket. Whether you’re in the thick of it or just at home (like the rest of Mzansi), make sure you don't miss out on this prestigious night with the stars, by catching it live on SABC 2, March 2nd.
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