Top 10 moments from the Saftas
As usual the awards came with their fair share of drama, surprise, glitz and glamour.
1. Vusi Kunene won the best actor in a soapie award for the first time. A veteran, Kunene has starred in soapies such as Generations and Isidingo where he was revered for his excellent portrayals of the roles of Jack, a gangster and of Jefferson, a suave businessman. Kunene won for his role of Bhekifa in Isibaya.
2. Rhythm City bagged the best soapie award. The drama has had a change of cast including a slew of fresh faces such as Thembi Seete, Duma Ntando and Hlubi Mboya. The gong was well deserved as their storylines have certainly been engaging and reflective of the societal ills and trends.
3. There was a very awkward moment when cast from the most popular soapie nominees were gathered for a mini onstage play. When the most popular soapie was announced, none of the cast from Skeem Saam were included in the performance. Neo Matunyane, producer of Skeem Saam also addressed the fact that his show was snubbed in all categories of the awards except for the one which they won.
4. Leanda Reddy, who plays Priya in Isidingo was finally recognised as the best soapie actress in the country. An estactic Reddy lamented that she felt far from humble - a refreshing take on the tired line of 'I can't believe this.'
5. Aubrey Poo took a shot at the industry trend of hiring brand names and celebrities to act in roles usually reserved for the talented and experienced. "This is for the actors who take it seriously," he said while accepting an award for best actor.
6. Young actress Zola Nombona looked fiery in a red jumpsuit as she took to the stage to accept her best actress in a made for TV film award. Nombona cheekily hit the dab and proceeded to pray on stage before receiving her award.
7. The crew from ZA News who have had a tough time getting local TV stations to air their show, announced that they are finalising a deal to have their show produced in America. The cast also brought on 'Zuma' and told the audience that this was what a puppet looked like. They were quickly cut off before they could finish their speech.
8. Minnie Dlamini and Katlego Maboe were brilliant as hosts. While Maboe has a penchant and charm for presenting as evidenced by his best presenter award - Dlamini has drastically improved her skills and worked well with Maboe.
9. e.tv drama Umlilo won best drama for the second year in a row. The show, which features Nomzamo Mbatha and Omuhle Gela has been very well received by audiences.
Congratulations to team Quizzical and all the winners tonight for your excellent achievements #SAFTASSAFTAs10— Quizzical Pictures (@Quizzical_P) March 20, 2016
10. Quizzical Pictures which produces Those Who Can's, Umlilo, Yla, Intersexions and Rhythm City to name a few proved that together with Bomb Shelter which is behind Isibaya, Jacob's Cross and Yizo Yizo in the past are truly forces to be reckoned with. The two production houses picked up the majority of the awards at the Saftas, cementing their roles as the leaders of their industry.
Watch the full Saftas ceremony below.