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2021 SAFTAs Winners, Snubs and Surprises of the Night

The River lead Sindi Dlathu, once again, scooped the 'Best Actress' nod, while Menzi Ngubane was honoured with a posthumous 'Best Actor' award at the 15th South African Film and Television awards (SAFTAs).

This year's 15th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs), which took place this past weekend, were absolutely riveting. The annual award show has grown since the inclusion of shows from streaming platforms such as Showmax and Netflix, which are pitted against traditional silver screen shows. However, the fierce competition has proven that local productions still have a loyal audience, and that South Africa's international audience is lapping up all the juicy plots. Netflix's How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding was the biggest winner of the night after bagging six awards. Previous all-round winner The River followed closely with its lead actress and co-executive producer Sindi Dlathu scoring her second "Best Actress" award for her Lindiwe Dikana role.

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The Top 2021 South African Film And Television Awards (SAFTAs) Nominees

Blood & Water, Queen Sono, How To Ruin Christmas: The Wedding are among the Netflix South Africa originals that have garnered a total of 45 nominations, charting a historical breakthrough for the content platform since entering the South African market.

The 15th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) have released their much-awaited annual nominees list for the upcoming 2021 award ceremony set to be held in May. This year's edition is admittedly remarkable with newcomer Netflix South Africa landing 45 spots on the nominations list. How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding leads the pack with 10 nominations. This year's awards will prove very competitive with telenovela favourites from local production house Tshedza Pictures The River and newcomer Legacy earning 12 nominations each.

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