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.
How to Ruin Christmas: The Wedding is admittedly the best limited TV comedy series to have come out of 2020, and has been nominated for the "Best Comedy" where it will contend with Showmax original Black Tax and SABC's The Riviera. The "Best Actress" and "Best Supporting Actress" nomination went to Busisiwe Lurayi and Clementine Mosimane while Desmond Dube and Motlatsi Mafatshe are both nominated for "Best Supporting Actor".
The first season of Blood & Water received five nominations for the highly prized "Best TV Drama". Nosipho Dumisa's directing has also been acknowledged with a "Best Achievement in Directing" nomination. The popular teen drama is also contending in the "Best Achievement in Sound", "Best Achievement in Scriptwriting" and "Best Achievement in Cinematography" categories.
Season 1 of Queen Sono also managed to pull in five nominations, among them "Best Supporting Actor" for legendary actor James Ngcobo's portrayal of President Malunga. The spy series also got nominee nods for its wardrobe, editing, scriptwriting and the stellar art direction. The female-led Netflix romcom Seriously Single written by Lwazi Mvusi bagged two nominations and My Octopus Teacher, which recently won a Oscar, is nominated for "Best Natural History and Environmental Programme".