The annual South African Film and TV Awards (SAFTAs) took place at Sun City on 2 March 2019. Mzansi’s A-listers were out in full force to honour the talented actors and actresses we see on our TV screens and applaud the admirable work produced by scriptwriters, directors and TV production teams. 

Famous faces graced the red carpet showing off their designer outfits and there was much anticipation on who would walk away with a with the coveted Golden Horn awards. 

It was a night to remember, let's have a look at some of the highlights from the prestigious event.

Metro FM duo and radio personalities Pearl Modiadie and Thomas Msengana were the official hosts of the SAFTAs and they kept the audience entertained. Pearl looked breathtaking in a gown by Biji La Maison de Couture and Thomas dapper in his black and white suit.

Mzansi Magic’s telenovela The River came out tops and scooped 10 Golden Horns, for Best Scriptwriting, Best Directing and Best Cinematography to name a few. Moshidi Motshegwa clinched the Best Actress in a telenovela award for the role of Malefu on The River, she gave a powerful acceptance speech dedicating her award to her late father and grieving mother.

Lorcia Cooper has been in the industry for 16 amazing years! She gave a gritty performance as a prison inmate called Tyson in season 1 and 2 of TV Drama series Lockdown. This was her first nomination for a SAFTA and she walked away with the Best Supporting Actress award and brought her kids along to share this special moment.

Zolisa Xaluva, popularly known for his roles as 'Jason' in the soapie Generations and the villainous ‘Diamond’ in The Queen, received the award for Best Supporting Actor (feature film) Sew The Winter To My Skin. The Western-style film is set in the 1920s, and tells the story of a rebellious man whose ‘Robin Hood’ type character sees him stealing livestock and supplies from the rich to give to the poor – the movie also received the Best Feature Film award.

Third time is a charm for some! Kgomotso Christopher has been nominated in the same category three times and this was finally her night! She landed the Best Actress in a TV soap award, for her role as the vixen Yvonne Thebe in E.TV’s Scandal, beating out fellow nominees, Nomzamo Mbatha and Dawn Thandeka King.

Industry veteran Jamie Bartlett won the award for Best Actor in TV Soap, for his wicked role as gangster, David Genaro, on ETV’s Rhythm City. It was a well-deserved win after being on the soapie for 12 years!

See full list of winners here:

Best TV Soap - Uzalo
Best Actress TV Soap - Kgomotso Christopher - Scandal!
Best Actor TV Soap - Jamie Bartlett - Rhythm City
Best Supporting Actress TV Soap - Gcina Mkhize - Isibaya
Best Supporting Actor TV Soap - Abdul Khoza – Isibaya
Best Achievement in Directing TV Soap - Phiwe Mkhanzi and Sthembiso Mathenjwa - Isibaya
Best Telenovela - The River
Best Actress Telenovela- Moshidi Motshegwa - The River
Best Actor Telenovela- Presley Chweneyagae - The River
Best Supporting Actress Telenovela- Vele Manenje - Ring Of Lies Season 2
Best Supporting Actor Telenovela- Lawrence Maleka - The River
Best Achievement in Directing Telenovela - Johnny Barbuzano, Catharine Cooke, Zolani Phakade and Ferry Jele - The River
Best TV Drama - Lockdown 2
Best Actress TV Drama - Dawn Thandeka King - Lockdown 2
Best Actor TV Drama - Mothusi Magano - Emoyeni
Best Supporting Actress TV Drama - Lorcia Cooper - Lockdown 2
Best Supporting Actor TV Drama - S'dumo Mtshali - Is'thunzi Season 2
Best Achievement in Directing TV Drama - Vincent Moloi - Tjovitjo
Best TV Comedy - Tali's Wedding Diary
Best Actress TV Comedy - Julia Anastasopoulos - Tali's Wedding Diary
Best Actor TV Comedy - Hannes Brummer - Elke Skewe Pot 2
Best Supporting Actress TV Comedy - Nomsa Buthelezi - Abo Mzala 3
Best Supporting Actor TV Comedy - Warren Masemola - Single Galz
Best Achievement in Directing TV Comedy - Ari Kruger – Tali’s Wedding Diary
Best Talk Show - Thando Bares All
Best TV Presenter - Sivuyile Ngesi - The Man Cave Season 6
Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela - The River

Best Feature Film - Sew the Winter to my Skin
Best Achievement in Directing Feature Film - Ellen, The Ellen Pakkies Story - Daryne Joshua
Best Actress Feature Film - Jill Levenberg - Ellen, The Ellen Pakkies Story
Best Actor Feature Film - Jarrid Geduld - Ellen, The Ellen Pakkies Story
Best Supporting Actress Feature Film - Ilse Klink - Stroomop
Best Supporting Actor Feature Film - Zolisa Xaluva - Sew the Winter to my Skin
Best Documentary Feature - Everything Must Fall
Best Short Film - Stillborn
Lifetime Achievement Awards - Khotso Nkhatho, Simon Bruinders
Youth Achiever Award - Layla Swart

See more at National Film And Video Foundation

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