Netflix confirmed on Thursday that the streaming service had been nominated for 45 SAFTA awards, marking the first time since the brands’ launch that they have been able to enter Original films and series.
Busisiwe Lurayi, Hakeem Kae Kazim, Desmond Dube, Tshamano Sebe, amongst others, are all up for awards in the best actor/actress categories. Here are some of the highlights:
Travise Tatue, Nosipho Dumisa and Daryne Joshua were nominated for Best Achievement in Scriptwriting and Best Achievement in Directing for a TV Drama, for season one of the popular Blood & Water.
The Sound and Motion Studios Sound Team was nominated for Best Achievement in Sound for a TV drama as well.
Netflix’s Agent, from the creative minds at Zidaka, was nominated for Best TV Drama, which will be competing with Gambit Films’ Blood & Water season 1 for the prestigious title.
Queen Sono also made the SAFTA list, with Karabo Lediga, Muzi Dlamini, Kagiso Lediga, Christopher Steenkamp, Camilo Saloojee being nominated for Best Achievement in Scriptwriting for a TV Drama.
The nominations for Best Achievement in Editing for a TV drama go to Khulekani Zondi, Melissa Parry, and Gugulethu Sibandze for Queen Sono.
Zolisa Xaluva, who portrayed Mo Masire in Kings of Joburg was nominated for Best Actor in a TV Drama, while James Ngcobo was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Drama for his portrayal of President Malunga in Queen Sono.
Busisiwe Lurayi, who portrays Tumi, was nominated for Best Actress in a TV Comedy, along with Johnny Barbuzano for Best Achievement in Directing a TV Comedy for How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding.
The comedy also bagged the Best Achievement in Scriptwriting for TV Comedy, and Best Achievement in Editing. But wait, there’s more! How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding is such a well-rounded production, it was also nominated for:
Finally, the show was also nominated for Best TV Comedy, and will go up against Black Tax, and The Riviera.
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Other SAFTA nominations for Netflix works, include: