Last night’s SAFTAs had more than a few memorable moments – A call to vote for the EFF from the man who accepted Everything Must Fall’s best documentary award on behalf of the team, the reaction to Kgomotso Christopher’s win, Jarrid Geduld’s tears, and the moment when presenters were handed the envelope for the next category instead of the one they were there to present, and accidentally announced its winner.

There were also some memorable awards – some firsts, some expected, and some long overdue. These were the 3 biggest.

The River’s Telenovela Sweep

The River is popular for a reason: with the exception of the best supporting actress award, which went to Vele Manenje, The River swept the Telenovela acting & directing categories, also taking home Best Telenovela.

First SAFTA for a Showmax Original

Online streaming entered the big arena last night as Showmax won big for their first original series: Tali’s wedding diary, produced by Sketchbook Studios. Julia Anastasopoulos took home the award for best acrtess in a TV comedy, while her Husband and director Ari Kruger won his category as well. The show’s producers won best TV comedy for a triple sweep in the country’s first streaming-first nominations.

Layla’s Big Night

Young producer Layla Swart, founder of Yellowbone Entertainment, is now the first woman to win the the Young Achiever award. Her film Sew The Winter To My Skin, selected to represent SA in the foreign language film category at the Oscars, took home 2 more. Another one of her projects, Stillborn, is South Africa’s first Xhosa languag sci-fi flick and won best short film last night.