On Sunday I was curled up on the carpet in my new living room watching my sister's old 35cm television, the occasion? The 2012 South African Film and TV awards. Don't pity me just yet, my aunt has this great two-seater sofa in her garage and she said I could have it if I can convince my uncle to haul it for me — just think, I'll be watching the next SAFTAs on my very sofa! If Im lucky I'll get is as soon as the SAMAs. Anyway, back to the evening I always look forward to.
Okay, a bit of background information: the ceremony was not live — they do it BET awards style. Not because of the actors and filmmakers' violent outbursts, I suppose it makes sense to prerecord since the even takes place over two nights and artists are known for their long speeches.
On to the event.
Well for about 22 minutes I had to deal with Terence Bridgett on the red carpet chatting to actors, film practitioners and other well-known people. Speaking of well known people, he asked Bailey Schneider who has been on radio — and other notable places — for a while now, who she is. Most of the female actors looked like what they had on was picked out by their bitter rivals — designers seriously don't do our artists any favours!
As a result of the ceremony being an edited affair one rarely got to see the lovely hostesses Top Billing's Jeanie D and entertainment industry jack of all trades —except singing — Bridget Masinga. Super soap stars and real life couple Shona and Connie Ferguson apparently presented an award, we didn't get to see it. Karin Van de Laag of Isidingo fame who hasn't been on screen in a while and didn't have as great a story as her co-star Marisa Drummond or Scandal!'s Nthati Moshesh or her co-star Dawn Matthews won best soap actress. I love Maggie, but I love how these actresses have handled their story lines more. There wasn't an award for Best Actress in a feature film because all the films submitted were all male driven stories.
This is the good stuff!
The ceremony wasn't all gloom, I more than most people realise that the awards are still going through the teething stages and that one day soon they'll run like a well-oiled machine of art-appreciation. I went in with a clear idea of which shows I wanted to win Golden Horns. I was pleased when Intersexions — the best drama to come out of South Africa in a while — swept the drama categories. I jumped up and down when I am Mzansi: Made In China won an award even though it was one of those categories that weren't highlighted in the broadcast.
I was in bed by 22h00, all in all an okay broadcast. Here is a list of all the winners.
Have a great weekend!
PS: Michelle Botes doesn't age!