‘Tsotsi’ tops S. African kudos

Ceremony was hit by technical glitches

JOHANNESBURG — Oscar winner “Tsotsi,” TV newsroom drama “Hard Copy” and soap “Isidingo” were the biggest winners at the first South African Film and Television Awards on Saturday.

Broadcast live on pubcaster SABC2, the ceremony was hit by technical glitches, but this did not affect the spirits of industry players gathered to celebrate the first winners of the Golden Horn trophies.

“Tsotsi” won for feature, actor (Presley Chweneyagae), supporting actress (Terry Pheto) and cinematography (Lance Gewer). Donovan Marsh (“Dollars & White Pipes”), however, beat “Tsotsi’s” Gavin Hood to the director horn with Marsh also winning for script.

In TV, SABC3’s “Hard Copy” scooped director (Tim Greene), TV drama, supporting actor (Jody Abrahams) and actor (James Ngcobo).

SABC3 soap “Isidingo” won direction, ensemble cast, actor (Robert Whitehead), actress (Ashley Kelley) and soap.

Director and producer Anand Singh of Videovision Entertainment was presented with a special award for his contribution to the film industry.

Helmer Oliver Schmitz’s “Mapantsula,” the anti-apartheid film shot undercover in black townships during the 1980s, which became an international hit despite being banned at home, was honored as film of the decade.

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