HOPEFUL: Jill Levenberg 
and Jarrid Geduld, stars of 
Die Ellen Pakkies Storie. Photo: Tracy Adams. African News Agency/ANA

The 13th annual South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) nominees were announced on Friday and Cape Town looks set to rule the big screen.

Stars of hit movies Nommer 37, Irshaad Ally and Monique Rockman, and Die Ellen Pakkies Storie, Jill Levenberg and Jarrid Geduld, are all up for Best Actor and Actress awards.

The announcement took place at The Zone in Rosebank, and Thapelo Mokoena listed the nominees in the 92 categories.

Jarrid, 28, who plays Ellen’s drug addict son, says his nomination is a dream come true: “The Safta nomination is such an honour. I’ve been watching the Saftas for years with my mom and every single year I sat seeing myself be nominated and winning this coveted award.

“So to get this nomination has really made a young me’s dream come true, it’s the biggest award in the country.

Irshaad Ally, nominated for Nommer 37. Photo: Tracy Adams/African News Agency/ANA

“There were always talks about a nomination and how amazing it would be, but to finally see my name come up for the best actor nomination, will forever be a part of history.

Irshaad, 40, star of Nommer 37, adds: “ I’m honoured to get the nod from my peers, I couldn’t have done it without the good people that I worked with.”

The award ceremony will be broadcast live on 2 March, on SABC 2 at 7 pm from Sun City, Superbowl.

Monique. Photo: Tracy Adams/African News Agency/ANA

Shows set to clean up at this year’s Saftas are Tshedza Pictures’ telenovela and on-screen newcomer The River with 17 nominations, as well as Mzansi Magic’s Isibaya with 12 nominations.

Soapie of the year nods went to Isibaya, Uzalo and Rhythm City, while best telenovela nominations went to The River, Broken Vows and Ring of Lies.

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