JOHANNESBURG — Isibaya emerged as the top contender at the South African Film and TV Award(Safra) nominations as it garnered over 10 nominations in various categories.
Cast and crew of the Mzansi Magic telenovela turned full time soapie may have their arms full with Safta gongs come March 20 and 22.
The drama received a slew of nominations including best TV soapie and nods for best actor for Bongani Gumede, best supporting actor nominations for Celeste Ntuli and Pallance Dladla.
The show also scored ticks in best sound, art and costume design.Since its inception about three years ago, Isibaya has proven itself a force to be reckoned with despite losing key characters in the form of S’dumo Mtshali, Nomzamo Mbatha and Pallance Dladla. Mtshali and Mbatha are set to return to the soapie.
The drama has also had to face a lax storyline and stiff competition from SABC 1’s new drama series, Uzalo in the same time slot.
Other top contenders are Binnelanders with nine nods, Isidingo with five, Scandal and Rythym City with five in total.
Mfundi Vundla’s Generations which is still the most watched soapie received no nominations while Muvhango garnered one and 7de Laan is sitting pretty at seven.
The off — screen drama surrounding Generations may have affected their Safta standing although the soapie has failed to take home any major awards in the past few years.
Best TV Soap
Binelanders — Stark Films
Isibaya 2 — The Bomb Shelter
Rhythm City — Quizzical Pictures
Best actress in a lead role – TV Soap
Kgomotso Christopher — Isidingo
Tema Sebopedi — Isidingo
Desiree Gardner — Binnelanders
Brumilda VanRensburg — Binnelanders
Masasa Mbangeni — Scandal
Best Actor in a lead role- TV soap
Paul Luckhoff — Binnelanders
Pallance Dladla- Isibaya
Justin Strydom — Isidingo
Best supporting actress — TV soap
Celeste Ntuli — Isibaya
Quanita Adams — Binnelanders
Marjorie Langa — Scandal
Best supporting actor — TV soap
Paul Luckoff — Binnelanders
Pallance Dladla — Isibaya
Justin Strydom — Isidingo
Best supporting actress — TV drama
Zikhona Sodlaka — After 9
Brenda Ngxoli — Rockville
Helene Lombard — Sterlopers
Franci Swanepoel — Geramtes in die Kaas
Best supporting actor — TV drama
Mothusi Chebeletsane — Donkerland
Fezile Mpela — Donkerland
James Alexander — Geramtes in die Kas
Best feature film
I-Number Number — Donovan Marsh
Faan se trein — Koos Roets
Four Corners — Giant Films
Golden Horn Magazine programme nominations 2015
50|50 — Clive Morris Productions
Movers&Shakers — Vusion Media
Mooiloop! — Blue Marble Entertainment
Best variety show
Charley’s Cake Angels
Season Two — Cooked In Africa
Kasi — Licious Okuhle
Seasons at Terroir Cooked in Africa
Best talk show
Katch It With Khanyi — Endemol South Africa (Pty) Ltd
I am Woman — Leap of Faith Plexus Films
Jou show met Emo — Homebrew Films
Best reality show
Kabelo boot camp — Connect Channel
Ultimate Braai Master: The roads less travelled — Cooked in Africa
I want to sing gospel — Eclipse TV
Best game show
Clover little big cook off — Quizzical Pictures
Cula Sibone — Connect Channel
Nguwe Na — Connect Channel
Tropika Island of Treasure Season 6 — Quizzical Pictures.