The 2020 Royalty Soapie Awards took place online this weekend as they celebrated the very best in South African soapies over the past year. The 4th Royalty Soapie Awards were hosted by comedian Mpho Popps and media personality Lerato Kganyago.
The show kicked into gear with the announcement of the winners in the technical categories honouring outstanding editing, lighting, art direction and directing teams in a soapie. Ushered by the sound of award-winning songstress, Shekinah with her track ‘What a Love’.
A first for The Royalty Soapie Awards was a beautiful ‘In Memoriam’ tribute to all the entertainment artists, pioneers and legends who have left a legacy in the industry remembered through a touching tune from Toya Delazy accompanied by a dance duo’s performance, Thabiso Lekuba and Tholakele Nkala.
“This season is the biggest show yet for The Royalty Soapie Awards as we celebrated our novelty of first experiences from giving a superfan a platform to co-present an award; introducing two new recognition awards and featuring a tribute to those who are no longer with us. We are honoured at the support that keeps on pouring in from sponsors, media partners, viewers and my fellow actors” says Winnie Ntshaba, Founder and CEO of the RSAs.
FULL LIST OF ROYALTY SOAPIE AWARDS 2020 WINNERS BELOW:
Outstanding Editing Team: Isibaya
Outstanding Lighting: The Queen
Outstanding Art Direction: Getroud met Rugby
Outstanding Directing Team: Gomora
Outstanding Make-Up & Hair: The River
Outstanding Wardrobe: The Queen
Outstanding Writing Team: Skeem Saam
Most Popular Soapie of the Year (Public Vote Category): Gomora
SUPPORTING ROLE CATEGORIES
Outstanding Supporting Actor: Sthembiso Khoza as Shaka Khoza in The Queen
Outstanding Supporting Actress: Sannah Mchunu as Zodwa in Gomora
Outstanding Newcomer: Sicelo Buthelezi as Teddy in Gomora
Outstanding Couple: Sindi Dlathu & Hlomla Dandala as Lindiwe & Zweli in The River
LEAD ROLE CATEGORIES
Outstanding Lead Actor: Presley Chweneyagae as Cobra in The River
Outstanding Lead Actress: Dawn Thandeka King as MaNgcobo in Uzalo
Outstanding Male Villain: Dirk Stoltz as DeWet Basson in 7de Laan
Outstanding Female Villain: Sindi Dlathu as Lindiwe in The River
Outstanding Soapie: Binnelanders
RECOGNITION & SPECIAL AWARDS
Social Cohesion: Getroud met Rugby
Background Actor: Sphiwe Msebe
Lifetime Achievement Award: Angus Gibson