The waiting finally came to an end as the winners for the much anticipated 3rd Annual Royalty Soapie Awards were revealed in a glamorous event hosted by the remarkable South Africa comedian, Mpho Pops.
The Egoliwood dazzled in all things glitz and glam as they gathered in numbers to celebrate and honour fellow creatives who walked away with the gong in recognition of their hard work and excellence.
For the past two years the awards were hosted by the City of Durban (eThekwini Municipality) in KZN and now for the first time, the awards were held, last night – Wednesday on the 14th November 2018 in Gauteng’s City of Ekurhuleni at Emperors Palace.
“We are very excited that we were able to bring the awards to Johannesburg. We hosted the awards successfully in the sunny City of Durban for 2 years and being able to bring the awards to the City of Gold has made the awards fully inclusive. We are hoping to take the awards to a new city every 2 to 3 years to ensure we leave our footprint in different regions.” said CEO and founder Winnie Ntshaba.
Out of the eighteen categories awarded, seventeen of which were adjudicated by a panel of judges. Seven categories covered creative and technical aspects while the rest recognised achievements in acting. The seventeenth category was left in the hands of the public as they chose Most Popular Soapie of the Year. The eighteenth category, Lifetime Achievement in the South African Soap Opera Industry was awarded by Royalty Soapie Awards EXCO to a person that has contributed significantly throughout his or her career to the development, upliftment, and advancement of the soapie (small screen) industry.
Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya swooped up a total of four wins out of twenty nominations, following closely and with three wins each was Binnelanders and Isidingo.
“I am very pleased with the results and am very happy that most entrants were winners this evening. This would have not been possible without the support of our sponsors who value our creatives in the performing arts” Said Winnie Ntshaba, Royalty Soapie Awards Founder.
The Royalty Soapie Awards also announced their foundation which was created to guide and support young people’s career aspirations in the performing arts and creative industry to help shape the future of many young people by providing education and training opportunities within the arts and production industry. The Royalty Soapie Foundation is funded by the National Lotteries Commission Lotto Funded.
The Royalty Soapie Awards were brought to you by the National Department of Arts & Culture; Gauteng Province: Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation; Gauteng Tourism; BET Channel 129; Nedbank and BLK_OPL.
The winners for the technical, creative, supporting and lead roles categories are as follows:
Outstanding Art Direction
Outstanding Directing Team
Outstanding Editing Team
Outstanding Lighting Team
Outstanding Make-up & Hair
Outstanding Writing Team
Ring of Lies 2
Supporting Role Categories
Kope Makgae as Mrekza in Generations: The Legacy
Pallance Dladla and Linda Mtoba as Jabu and Zama in Isibaya
Outstanding Supporting Actor
Anga Makubalo as Obakeng Zamdela in Isidingo
Outstanding Supporting Actress
Kisha Skeï as Lexi Abrahams in Binnelanders
Lead Role Categories
Outstanding Female Villain
Lesego Marakalla as Rachel Kunutu in Skeem Saam
Outstanding Male Villain
Leroy Gopal as Fynn in Binnelanders
Outstanding Lead Actress
Thembi Nyandeni as Mkabayi in Isibaya
Outstanding Lead Actor
Motlatsi Mafatshe as Shechaba Moloi in Isidingo
Most Popular Soapie of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award