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The 1Magic telenovela The River is far and away the SAFTA frontrunner this year, with a massive 18 nominations, for everything from Most Popular Telenovela to Best Achievement in Make-Up and Hair – Telenovela (new episodes land on Showmax every weekday, express from 1Magic). The first Showmax Original, Tali’s Wedding Diary, has received a slew of Comedy nominations, while Five Fingers for Marseilles, only on Showmax, got seven nods in Feature Film categories. Here are some of the other nominees you will find on Showmax.

The River: 18 nominations, 11 wins

The River on Showmax
Image: 1Magic

Drama, drama, drama! 1Magic’s The River is in the running for Best Telenovela. Among other nominations, Moshidi Motshegwa as Malefu and Sindi Dlathu as Lindiwe are both up for Best Actress, while Presley Chweneyagae as Cobra and Hlomla Dandala as Zweli will compete for Best Actor in this drama-packed telenovela. Watch now »

Isibaya: 13 nominations, 3 wins

Isibaya on Showmax

Mzansi Magic’s highly popular series is in the running for Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela and Best Soap as well as Best Actress for Nomzamo Mbatha as Thandeka, and Best Actor for both Pallance Dladla as Jabu and Sdumo Mtshali as Sbu. S1-S5 are on Showmax. Watch now »

Ring of Lies: 13 nominations, 1 win

Ring of Lies is on Showmax

Bare-knuckle boxer Neo leaves rural Limpopo to follow his dream of becoming a champion in Johannesburg but he is thrust straight into a world of secrets, betrayals and lies in this Mzansi Magic drama. S1 is on Showmax. Watch now »

Lockdown: 8 nominations, 5 wins

Lockdown on Showmax

Set in a women’s prison where power and survival mean everything, Mzansi Magic’s Lockdown will take you into the lives of the inmates as they battle demons that hold them prisoner in every sense of the word. S1-3 are on Showmax. Watch now »

Five Fingers for Marseilles: 7 nominations, 2 wins

Warren Masemola in FIVE FINGERS FOR MARSEILLES Credit: Photo by Graham Bartholomew, courtesy of XYZ Films

Don’t miss this brilliant South African gun-slinging western about a member of the infamous Five Fingers gang who returns to the rural town of Marseilles after 20 years. Watch now »

Tali’s Wedding Diary: 7 nominations, 5 wins

Tali's Wedding Diary on Showmax

From the creators of SuzelleDIY, this hilarious mockumentary stars Julia Anastasopoulos as Tali, a Joburg princess who moves to Cape Town – and she’s getting married! This is the first Showmax Original. Watch now »

Isithembiso: 6 nominations, 4 wins

Isithembiso is on Showmax

This popular Mzansi Magic youth drama that tells the story of two young people from rural SA trying to make it in the dazzling city of eGoli but all that glitters is not always gold.
S1-S2 are on Showmax. Watch now »

Is’thunzi: 4 nominations, 1 win

Is'Thunzi is on Showmax

Follow Winnie, Londi, Noxolo and Thishiwe as they pursue their dreams and form a bond that will not only push them over the edge, but also grow them in ways they never could have imagined in this Mzansi Magic favourite. S1-S2 are on Showmax. Watch now »

Getroud Met Rugby – Die Sepie: 4 nominations, 1 win

Getroud Met Rugby Die Sepie on Showmax

The popular kykNET series-turned-soapie is packed with battles on and off the rugby field. From new babies to new books, everyone is trying to win and some will pay any price to make that happen… S1-S2 are on Showmax. Watch now »

Elke Skewe Pot: 3 nominations, 1 win

There is a soulmate out there for everyone. Finding them is the job of these four women and their matchmaking agency in kykNET’s hilarious comedy series. S1-S2 are on Showmax. Watch now »

Fynskrif: 3 nominations, 2 wins

Fynskrif is on Showmax

Set in Cape Town, kykNET’s Fynskrif revolves around the events and staff members of law firm Van Wyk & Partners. There’s no courtroom drama though, as the firm focuses on civil, non-criminal matters. But expect heaps of out-of-court drama as the characters’ personal lives overflow into the office. All episodes of S1 are on Showmax. Watch now »

Hotel: 3 nominations

Hotel on Showmax

KykNET’s Afrikaans mockumentary about a middle-aged hotel manager, Ferdie Kruger (James Borthwick), struggling to keep the doors of his Mpumalanga hotel open. Also starring the very funny Schalk Bezuidenhout as Danny, the hapless bell-hop. S1 – S2 are on Showmax. Watch now »

Knapsekêrels: 2 nominations

Knapsekerels on Showmax International

This kykNET series is set in Johannesburg and tells the story of four diverse families. The Bekkers, Zimmermans, Davids and Fortuins get to know one another better when a member of each family gets caught in a struggle for survival in the big city. S1 is on Showmax. Watch now »

Binnelanders: 2 nominations

Binnelanders on Showmax

This long-running kykNET soap opera set in and around a fictional private hospital in Pretoria follows the trials, trauma and tribulations of the staff and patients. Stream Binnelanders from the beginning on Showmax. Watch now »

Suidooster: 4 nominations

Suidooster on showmax

Three Cape Town families make their living in the shopping centre Suidooster, in the fictional suburb of Ruiterbosch. This soapie is about a multicultural community and their challenges and triumphs. This kykNET soapie is in the running for Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela. S1-S3 are on Showmax. Watch now »

Wonderlus: 1 nomination

Wonderlus on Showmax

After a wedding ceremony falls to pieces, a devastated groom unexpectedly discovers the light of his life in this wonderful kykNET film that takes a brave look at love. Watch now »

Parlement Parlement: 1 nomination

Parlement Parlement on Showmax

The laugh-out-loud chat show features SA’s funniest comedians as they debate the matters of the day with a lighter side. S1 is on Showmax. Watch now »

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