All the 2014 SAFTA winners

So the SAFTAs happened at the weekend… I must admit for what is supposed to be a glitzy, glamorous and highly credited awards ceremony, I’m extremely disappointed in the PR team/ organisers. I’ve attended the awards once in my career. The reason I’ve only been once is because I’ve only been invited once. In the years after that I’ve expressed my interest in attending the awards, let alone getting access to a simple press release and yet I’ve heard nothing. It’s extremely disappointing and to the PR team, you really aren’t doing a very good job at marketing the awards. A lot of people didn’t even know it was on. Alas, it was and I saw some of the winner’s names on the social networks…. Probably more entertaining to watch it unfold on social anyway. Rant done. If you, like me, missed the awards, here’s a look at who won big at this year’s South African Film and Television Awards:

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MasterChef SA, Late Nite with Loyiso Gola nominated for Emmys

We love a good story, don’t we? Well as South Africans we can be super proud of two of our television productions. MasterChef South Africa and Late Night with Loyiso Gola have both been nominated for International Emmys. MasterChef was nominated in the Non-Scripted Entertainment category, while Loyiso’s show was nominated in the Comedy category. Fantastic news and rightful nominees they are. MasterChef was shot beautifully. The mix of contestants, the drama that unfolded, the food that was cooked and the show in general was just winning. Loyiso’s show is sharp, intelligent, funny and brilliant. The mix of comedians who have joined Loyiso on screen works so well and the host himself is deserving of an Emmy and more.

On receiving news about the Emmy nomination, Pierre Cloete, M-Net‘s Channel Director, says that the International Emmy nomination for MasterChef South Africa Season 1 is a huge honour: “To have the international benchmark of TV award ceremonies recognize MasterChef South Africa Season 1 with a nomination for Best International Reality Series is not only an honour, but also a huge endorsement to all parties involved. We’d like to congratulate the series producers – Quizzical Pictures and Lucky Bean Media – for creating such a high quality series. We look forward to hearing the results of this prestigious nomination.”

“Late Nite News has become part of our national conversation. It has taught us to laugh at ourselves and see the truth through humour. I see LNN as an extension of our news service at eNCA and value the hard work and dedication from Loyiso Gola, Kagiso Lediga, Tamsin Andersson and the rest of the team.” said Patrick Conroy, eNCA Group Head of News.

Tamsin Andersson, Producer of LNN said that “It’s a great feeling to have this recognition. The LNN team has worked tirelessly and passionately on the show from the beginning and it is humbling and very exciting that the Emmy’s have given us a nod. Thank you to eNCA and e.tv for all the support”.

Big up to both productions. The 41st International Emmy® Awards will be held in New York City on the 25th of November. I WANT TO GO!

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2012 Comics Choice Awards – nominees

The second annual Comics Choice Awards are set to take place in Johannesburg on the 10th of July. It’s going to be a great event… well if some of the nominees is anything to go by. I really think the comedy scene in SA is one of the strongest in the globe and I think no matter who you are or where you come from, you will enjoy comedy. Why? Because we all enjoy a laugh and we all need to laugh too. Anyways, enough with the preaching. Find below a list of this year’s nominees.

Newcomer Award:
Donovan Goliath
Dillan Oliphant
Monique Nortje
Jason Goliath

Blackberry Breakthrough Award:
Robby Collins
Mpho Popps Modikoane
Deep Fried Man
Tats Nkonzo

The Times Comic Pen Award:
Kagiso Lediga
Loyiso Lungile Gola
Alyn Adams
Vittorio Leonardi

Comic of the Year Award:
Trevor Noah
Nik Rabinowitz
Loyiso Lungile Gola
Riaad Moosa

Lifetime Achiever Award:
Joe Parker
Audience Choice Award:
Deep Fried Man
Sifiso Nene
Eddi Eckstein
Trevor Noah

On the 26th of June, Joe Parker will getting a “Grilling of a Lifetime” at Parkers. The line-up of grillers needs to be finalised but so far it looks like Marks Banks and John Vlismas are on the cards and Mel Miller will be the chairman for the night. For more details on this and the awards, visit the official site on www.comicschoice.co.za.