Johannesburg – Nominees for the second Royalty Soapie Awards, set to take place on Saturday 28 March in Durban, was announced on Thursday evening in Johannesburg with Mzansi Magic's (DStv 161) Isibaya and e.tv's Scandal! leading the charge with 16 nominations each, followed by SABC2's 7de Laan with 14 nominations.
Notable changes include Mzansi Magic coming aboard as a sponsor this year of the Royalty Soapie Awards 2015 which has largely shut out SABC1's Generations, e.tv which removed both it's soaps last year allowing its soaps Rhythm City and Scandal! to take part, and bigger public voting participation with viewers who will get to have a say in the winner of several categories.
Generations on SABC1 which used to be South Africa's biggest and most watched soap in terms of ratings before its massive fall from grace as well in the ratings and now called Generations - The Legacy - was largely shut out in the nominations.
e.tv also allowed its Rhythm City and Scandal! to take part this year.
"After having numerous meetings with the organisers, we emerged with a better sense of the objectives of the awards," said Monde Twala, e.tv's head of channels. "e.tv has two of the most loved soaps with talented casts, who deserve recognition for their performance".
Generations, Binnelanders shut out
SABC2's Venda soap Muvhango only scored one nomination, with kykNET's (DStv 144) Afrikaans soap Binnelanders completely absent and shut out from this year's Royalty Soapie Awards although Villa Rosa is included.
This year viewers will get to vote for the winner in several categories in the Royalty Soapie Awards which include Outstanding Lead Actor, Outstanding Lead Actress, Outstanding Male Villain, Outstanding Female Villain, Outstanding Supporting Actor, Outstanding Supporting Actress, Outstanding Newcomer and Most Popular Soapie.
Notably no Generations or Binnelanders stars are included as nominees in any of these categories.
The nominee with the highest number of votes in each category will be the winner. Viewers can vote from 19 February to 20 March.
"The Royalty Soapie Awards hold a mirror to the industry, revealing the status of the sector on screen and behind the scenes, and they provide much to reflect upon," says Sindile Xulu, project director.
"The final outcomes will reflect industry sentiment and benefit all by encouraging healthy competition and ultimately assisting in growing the quality of our productions," says Xulu.
‘The soapie genre is our Hollywood’
"Any awards ceremony is a good thing for the industry, Vinette Ebrahim from SABC2's 7de Laan, nominated in the category for Outstanding Lead Actress, told Channel24 on Thursday.
"Something like the Royalty Soapie Awards is important for the platform it creates to recognise the work of actors and technical people working in the industry. It gives recognition to people for their hard work," said Theodore Jantjies from SABC2's 7de Laan, nominated in the category for Outstanding Lead Actor.
"Actors always appreciate these kinds of awards because in showbiz we work at a tremendous pace, so you don't get time to think about it. So it is a moment to stop and reflect and for crews and casts to get some recognition. So I'm thankful for the Royalty Soapie Awards for bringing some extra spice," said Izak Davel from SABC3's Isidingo, nominated in the category for Outstanding Newcomer.
"We have so many soapies and telenovelas now. The more serious the industry takes itself as a specific genre, then that actually unfolds in the creation of more shows. In South Africa the soapie genre is our Hollywood, and its time that it gets its recognition," said Kgomotso Christopher from SABC3's Isidingo, nominated in the category for Outstanding Lead Actress.
"Our soapie stars are the A-list stars and it is about time that they had a platform for themselves to be recognised and not to be diluted within the larger industry."
The nominees for the 2015 Royalty Soapie Awards for which viewers can vote, are:
Outstanding Lead ActorMotlatsi Mafatshe as Sechaba in IsidingoSiyabonga Thwala as Mpiyakhe in IsibayaTheodore Jantjies as Xander in 7de LaanVusi Kunene as Jefferson in IsidingoZane Meas as Neville in 7de Laan
Outstanding Lead ActressKgomotso Christopher as Katlego in IsidingoMarjorie Langa as Gloria in Scandal!Masasa Mbangeni as Thembeka in Scandal!Thembi Nyandeni as Mkabayi in IsibayaVinette Ebrahim as Charmaine in 7de Laan
Outstanding Male VillainAndre Lotter as Liamle in Villa RosaRobert Whitehead as Barker in IsidingoSello Maake ka-Ncube as Lucas in Scandal!Vusi Kunene as Bhekifa in IsibayaWilhelm van der Walt as Tyrone in 7de Laan
Outstanding Female VillainDawn Matthews as Shakira in Scandal!Jo da Silva as Gita in 7de LaanMampho Brescia as Iris in IsibayaTherese Benade as Astrid in Villa Rosa
Outstanding Supporting ActorAndile Sithole as Ndumiso in Scandal!Bongani Gumede as Mandla in IsibayaJody Abrahams as Marcel in Scandal!Kaz McFadden as Dewald in 7de LaanZakhele Mabasa as S'khaleni in Isibaya
Outstanding Supporting ActressDorette Potgieter as Wanda in Villa RosaMampho Brescia as Iris in IsibayaMapaseka Koetle as Dintle in Scandal!Natasha Sutherland as Layla in Scandal!Nomzamo Mbatha as Thandeka in Isibaya
Outstanding NewcomerAndile Gumbi as Zweli in IsibayaBuhle Samuels as Matshidiso in MuvhangoFulu Mugovhani as Anzani in Scandal!Izak Davel as Bradley in IsidingoTessa Holloway as Sonja in 7de Laan
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