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15th Annual SAFTAs Nominees Announced


Following Covid-19 disruptions on productions, and with numerous delays as a result, the 15th SAFTAs Nominees were announced yesterday. 

The show leading this year’s nominations tally is the Netflix Original Series “How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding” starring Thando Thabethe, Busiswe Lurayi and Yonda Thomas.

The series received 13 nominations including Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Scriptwriting, Best Achievement in Sound & Best Achievement in Wardrobe to name a few. 

Netflix received a further nod for their first Original Series “Queen Sono” with 5 nominations, “Blood & Water” also received 5 nominations, and Oscar winner “My Octopus Teacher” receiving a nomination for Best Natural History and Environmental Programme.

M-Net once again sweeps the nominations board with the combined success of “The River” and “The Legacy” raking in a formidable nominations total count of 24: receiving 12 nominations each.

Tight on the heels of these top achieving nominees with 9 nominations, is South Africa’s 2020 Official Selection to the Oscars, “Toorbos”.

The story explores the uprooting of a young forest woman and her community during the time of the last forest inhabitants of South Africa's Knysna forest of the 1930’s.

Still Breathing”, the deeply moving drama series which has taken South Africa by storm received 10 nominations.

New to the SAFTAs & bringing in the highest number of submissions this year, the Online Content Category announced: “AFI Fashion Week”, “Duiwelspoort”& “Noko Mashaba – Lockdown Shandi’s” as the first-ever nominees for the new category.

This year the SAFTAs are themed as, "Still Shining and will be simulcasr on Mzansi Magic and S3 on 22 May at 6.30pm.

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