Cape Town – The announcement on Tuesday night of the 9th South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) saw the SABC's soap Generations on SABC1 - like with the 2015 Royalty Soapie Awards – shut out since it went off air in 2014.
In a major departure the Saftas are dumping the viewers' vote for best soapie. The Saftas judges now shortlist the nominees in the best soap category and will choose either Binnelanders (kykNET), Rhythm City (e.tv) or Isibaya (Mzansi Magic) as the winner in the category.
The NFVF and Saftas also added this year several TV presenters categories.
The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) announced the list of nominees for the 2015 Saftas on Tuesday night at Atlas Studios in Johannesburg but NFVF CEO and Saftas chairperson Zama Mkosi didn't attend – she was in Brazil at the Rio content market.
The Saftas will this year take place on 20 and 22 March at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.
The Saftas aim to honour the excellence of the South African film and TV industry with Golden Horn trophies but every year the local TV awards ceremony is marred by a botched in memoriam segment which leaves out notable people the industry lost in the previous year, as well as a litany of mistakes and shoddy production values that make viewers and the industry cringe in embarrassment.
Like with the 2015 Royalty Soapie Awards SABC1's Generations - The Legacy has been shut out.
According to the Saftas "Generations did not participate partly due to the soapie being off television screens for a considerable amount of time".
Mzansi Magic's Isibaya, SABC3's Isidingo, SABC1's Skeem Saam and SABC2's 7de Laan received the most nominations.
The Saftas has added best presenters categories with people like Bonang Matheba, Lungile Radu, Phat Joe, Thembi Seete, eNCA's Jeremy Maggs and several more nominated across various categories.
Best TV drama nominees are Swartwater (SABC2), 90 Plein Street (SABC2) and Donkerland (kykNET).
Best TV comedy nominees are StarSat's ZA News: Puppet Nation, Check Coast and Lastborn Does the Loeries.
Best reality show nominees are the cancelled Kabelo Boot Camp (Mzansi Magic), Ultimate Braai Master (e.tv) and I Want to Sing Gospel (SABC2).
Best film nominees are Inumber Number, Faan se Trein and Four Corners.
The Saftas awards show will once again be produced by Clive Morris Productions
See all the nominees here.
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