Isidingo Scoops Inaugural SAFTA Awards

Written by TVSA Team from the blog News on 30 Oct 2006
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SABC3's primetime soapie Isidingo was the big winner at the inaugural South African Film and Television Academy Awards (SAFTAs), taking home 12 of the 13 awards it was nominated for.

Isidingo won the Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Direction and Best Ensemble Cast awards in the Soapie categories, as well as the Viewer's Choice award for Best Soapie.

The Viewer's Choice award was based on SMS votes from the public - Isidingo received 6,808 votes.

Another SABC3 show - Hard Copy - took the most awards for Drama (7), winning the coveted Best Drama award as well as Best Director (Tim Greene), Best Actor (James Ngcobo) and Best Supporting Actor (Jody Abrahams).

James Ngcobo was the only actor out of all categories to win two individual awards - in addition to his Best Actor for Drama he also won Best Actor in a TV Comedy, for his role on Stokvel.

Stokvel edged out City Ses'la by six wins to five in the Comedy category, although the latter won the Best Comedy award.

Tsotsi topped the Feature Films categories with five wins, including Best Feature Film and the Best Actor award for Presley Chweneyagae.

Top Billing was awarded Best Magazine Show and The Weakest Link won the Best Game Show award.

The inaugural SAFTA Awards were held on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg.

There were 35 craft, documentary, short film and student award Golden Horn winners on Friday, and 39 awards were handed out on Saturday in the categories TV Drama, TV Soap, TV Non-Fiction, Comedy, Feature Film, Documentary, and Special Awards (Film of the Decade and Outstanding Contributor).

Producer Anant Singh was awarded the Outstanding Contributor award and Film of the Decade went to Mapantsula (1988), despite the fact that it was not made in the last decade.

The following is an abbreviated list of winners in the major categories. For the full list of winners in all categories, click here.

Golden Horn Winners 2006


Best Drama: Hard Copy
Best Director: Tim Greene (Hard Copy)
Best Actor: James Ngcobo (Hard Copy)
Best Actress: Moshidi Motshegwa (Zero Tolerance)
Best Supporting Actor: Jody Abrahams (Hard Copy)
Best Supporting Actress: Vatiswa Ndara (Home Affairs)
Best Ensemble Cast: Tsha Tsha


Best Comedy: City Ses'la
Best Director: Vusi Dibakwane (Stokvel)
Best Actor: James Ngcobo (Stokvel)
Best Actress: Manaka Ranaka (Stokvel)
Best Supporting Actor: Tshamano Sebe (Stokvel)
Best Supporting Actress: Busi Lurayi (City Ses'la)
Best Ensemble Cast: City Ses'la


Best Soapie: Isidingo
Best Director: Isidingo Team
Best Actor: Robert Whitehead (Isidingo)
Best Actress: Ashley Callie (Isidingo)
Best Supporting Actor: Loyiso Mangena (Backstage)
Best Supporting Actress: Anna-Mart van der Merwe (7de Laan)
Best Ensemble Cast: Isidingo

Feature Film

Best Feature Film: Tsotsi
Best Director: Donavan Marsh (Dollars & White Pipes)
Best Actor: Presley Chweneyagae (Tsotsi)
Best Actress: Quanita Adams (Forgiveness)
Best Supporting Actor: Jerry Mofokeng (Max And Mona)
Best Supporting Actress: Terry Pheto (Tsotsi)

Shows/Films Winning Multiple Awards

Isidingo - 12
Hard Copy - 7
Stokvel - 6
City Ses'la - 5
Tsha Tsha - 5
Tsotsi - 5
And There In The Dust - 3
Dollars & White Pipes - 2
Forgiveness - 2
Gabriel - 2
Pure Monate Show - 2
Zero Tolerance - 2
Zola 7 - 2

Shows/Films Winning One Award

7de Laan
Faith's Corner
Home Affairs
Journey To A Dream - Do Like I Do
Jungle Beat
Max And Mona
Red Dust
Solving It
The Mother's House
Top Billing
The Weakest Link
Xtreme Sport

Full list of award winners


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