How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding, The River, The Legacy and Still Breathing top nominations list
The 15th SAFTAs Nominees were announced on 29 April. 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 across various categories 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” and “Still Breathing”, the deeply moving drama series which has taken South Africa by storm which received 10 nominations.
New to the SAFTAs and 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.
Themed “Still Shining”, this year’s SAFTAs ceremony will be a simulcast on Mzansi Magic and SABC3, set to take place on 22 May 2021 from 18:30.