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Analysis of the Royalty Soapie Awards Nominees

Firstly I feel that we should congratulate the Royalty Soapie Awards for finally releasing the full list of nominees. For a long time, things weren't looking good for the inaugural event and now that the nominees are released and the hosts announced, there really is no reason for the awards to not happen on the 8th of March 2014 at the Durban ICC Arena. 

As with every awards ceremony, every TV writer worth their salt will go through the list of nominated actors and find that there are glaring omissions. There are many reasons for those omissions. Sometimes the actor or the production chooses not to enter their work to be considered worthy of a nomination, like e.tv has done. But that's rare. And that is why there is always some drama associated with these omissions. 

We saw it at the recent announcement of the Emmy Awards, where Orphan Black actress, Tatiana Maslany was snubbed. Arguably the performance of the year, Maslany being sidetrack was a big issue and once again showed how out of touch Emmy voters really were. But enough about the Emmy's. 

The nominees for the Royalty Soapie Awards are mostly solid, with a few glaring omissions (and surprising additions) We'll be listing the actors and the performances we feel were snubbed by the judges.

Let's be honest. E.tv made it really difficult by pulling out of the awards. There were so many great performances this year from Rhythm City and Scandal, that's it's a shame they are not being represented. However the show goes on.

Siyabonga Twala (PIC: INLSA)
Outstanding Lead Actor
Menzi Ngubane  as Sibusiso Dlomo  for Generations
Siyabonga Twala  as Mpiyakhe Zungu  for Isibaya
Kevin Smith   as Frank Xavier   for Isidingo
Siyabonga Twala  as Busani Mojalefa  for Muvhango
Shona Ferguson  as Itumaleng   for The Wild

It's a pretty solid line-up, however why nominate Siyabonga Twala twice? He just started his role as Busani Mojalefa on SABC's Muvhango and he really hasn't done much to warrant a Best Actor nod. Yes, he's a leading man and a great actor, but it's a wasted spot. He did a better job on Isibaya (even though he wasn't on the show for more than a month.) 

If I was on the judging panel, I would've added Bheki Mkhwane into the mix. He's an excellent actor and he kills his role as Samson Ndlovu. He's a class act and he honestly steals the show every time he's on screen. 

I would have also added Isidingo's Vusi Kunene (Jefferson Sibeko) to the line up. Jefferson is a tricky, complex character- vindictive, power hungry, but still human. It takes a gifted actor to be able to be believable in a role like that. And while I may not particularly like Jefferson, Vusi does him justice. This is honestly one of the biggest snubs. 

Odelle de Wet (Pic: INLSA)
Outstanding Lead Actress
Odelle de Wet   as Delia Richter   for Binneland
Thembi Nyandeni  as Mkabayi Zungu  for Isibaya
Linda Sokhulu   as Nikiwe Sibeko   for Isidingo
Nthabi Tau   as Meiki    for Muvhango
Shaleen Surtie-Richards as Fran Jacobs   for Villa Rosa

Disclaimer: I don't watch Binneland nor Villa Rosa. 

But I will say that Odelle and Shaleen are excellent actresses. Especially Odelle. Isidingo was dumb to let her go. They could have done so much with the Farrow Bornman character, but they didn't. 

The most surprising has to be Nthabi Tau's nomination. Shocking really. I would remove her and place Nambitha Mpumlwana for her turn as Mawande Memela on Generations. Meiki was more of a supporting character and not lead. Can someone care to explain how Nambitha was snubbed? Now Thembi Nyandeni and Linda Sokhulu deserve their nods. Excellent actors who killed their roles. 

Tyrone Keogh (PIC: Richard Keppel Smith for GQ)
Outstanding Supporting Actor
Hennie Jacobs  as Diederik   for 7de Laan
Ramey Short   as Quinton Meyer  for Binneland
Bongani Gumede  as Mandla Ndlovu  for Isibaya
Sdumo Mtshali   as S'bu Ndlovu   for Isibaya
Tyrone Keogh   as Jack    for The Wild

I approve of this list. But there's a part of me that wishes that Ashish Gangapersad was added onto the nominees list. He had a big year on Isidingo as Prada. He proved that he has acting chops. Also what about Motlatsi Mafatshe as Sechaba Moloi? He has consistently proven himself as a great actor and thanks to his great work with Tema Sebopedi as Lerato, he's a scene stealer. 

Kgomotso Christopher (PIC: Isidingo)
Outstanding Supporting Actress

Annelize van der Ryst  as Matrone Netta Nortje  for 7de Laan
Sorina Erasmus   as Die Flooze   for 7de Laan
Xoli Zondi   as Zodwa    for Generations
Nomzamo Mbatha  as Thandeka Zungu  for Isibaya
Kgomotso Christopher  as Katlego Sibeko  for Isidingo

Sorina Erasmus is not a supporting actress- she's a guest actress. Anyway with that out of the way, why is Maggie Benedict not on this list? I'd have substituted Xoli Zondi with Maggie. She's a class actress. Sometime I think she's too good for Generations. But then that's just me. Xoli Zondi, like Sorina Erasmus, was a guest actress. 
Isidingo's Tema Sebopedi is another scene stealer- she's honestly the best thing about Isidingo right now. How she's not on this list, is a mystery.

Robert Whitehead (PIC: INLSA)
Outstanding Male Villain
Andre Odendaal  as AJ/Andries/Dries Richter for Binneland
Bheki Mkhwane  as Samson Ndlovu  for Isibaya
Robert Whitehead  as Barker Heins   for Isidingo
Aubrey Poo   as Lebata    for The Wild
Darren Kelfkens  as Roberto Martinelli Snr  for Villa Rosa

Marissa Drummond (PIC: Isidingo)
Outstanding Female Villain
Jo da Silva   as Gita McGregor  for 7de Laan
Marisa Drummond  as Alexa    for Binneland
Zenande Mfenyana  as Noluntu Memela  for Generations
Tsholo Monedi   as Meme    for Muvhango
Khabonina Qubeka  as Maxine    for The Wild

I don't know about this Outstanding Villain category. It's unnecessary. If they are adding villain, they might as well add a Comic Relief category. So the less said about it, the better. 

The Wild finale (PIC: M-Net)
Outstanding Soapie
The Wild   

Wheres 7de Laan? The SABC 2 show has been better than Isidingo though. 

I'm happy with 80% of the actors nominated. I just wish that more deserving actors had been added. Instead of the Villain category, why didn't they add the Outstanding Guest Actor/Actress category? That would have made sense and be more Golden Globe/Emmy-esque, which is what they want. 

Congratulations to the nominees and sorry to all those who got snubbed. There's still the SAFTAs right? Oh and Isibaya is on fire! 19 nominations? Excellent! 

Bring on 8 March 2013

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