The long-awaited Queen Sono is finally here and fans are here for it! On Thursday the 27th of February, the who’s who of South Africa’s entertainment industry showed up in their spiffy outfits for the show premiere.
Queen Sono is Netflix’s first African original series and was released on the streaming platform in 190 countries. The six-part crime drama web television series was created by actor and comedian Kagiso Lediga, who directed the show along with Tebogo Malope.
The series follows the story of a South African spy who
tackles criminal operations on the continent while dealing with crises in her
personal life, including a very complex love triangle. Cast members include Pearl
Thusi who plays the lead role of Queen, Enhle Mbali, Vuyo Dabula, Abigail
Kubeka, Chi Mhende, Kate Liquorish, Khathu Ramabulana, and Sechaba
“The thing I’m really excited about is how this is
going to move the industry forward, and where it’s going to take us,” says
Producer and director, Kagiso Lediga says; “It’s all about
bringing the continent of Africa together. I’d just like to see them
represented as part of a bigger African continent. We’re always insular; we’re
such an insular nation. I just wanted to “make South Africa part of
Africa” with this show.
After the show is the after-party! While the 2020 Oscars red
carpet brought out more than a few fabulous looks, but the after party was only
the beginning to a fashionable night out.
For many Hollywood stars, their Sunday night plans included
a trip to the Vanity Fair Oscars After-Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, Calif.
While Oscar attendees are expected to attend after the
telecast airs, more than a few familiar faces decided to get a head start and
stop by the party early.
On 1 February 2020, the horses and celebrities graced the Kenilworth
Racecourse for The Sun Met. The day’s theme was ‘African Luxury: Visionaries’ and it
inspired a varied display of looks. Media personality Bonang Matheba, actress
Nandi Mbatha, and Miss South Africa 2019 Sasha-Lee Olivier were among the
celebrities that dazzled on the red carpet.
Bonang, who was one of the official
faces of the event unveiling a new
Prestige Reserve from her bubbly brand, House of BNG, wearing a gold gown heavily encrusted with bling.
A-list racegoers included TV presenter Roxy Burger, celebrity chef Lorna
Maseko, as well as social media
influencers Kefilwe Mabote and Sarah Langa, who twinned in co-ordinating looks
from House Of Fabrosanz.
The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honouring the
best achievements in film and television performances for the year 2019, were
presented on January 19, 2020 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles,
Honoured with individual awards were Joaquin Phoenix, Renée
Zellweger, Brad Pitt and Laura Dern for performances in motion pictures, and
Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Aniston, Tony
Shalhoub and Phoebe Waller-Bridge for performances in television. The Screen
Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances by a
motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor for
a motion picture cast performance went this year to “Parasite,” while the
Actors for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went this year to
“The Crown” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
26th SAG Awards Ambassador Logan Browning and SAG-AFTRA
Foundation President Courtney B. Vance revealed the honourees for outstanding
action performances during the official live pre-show PEOPLE, Entertainment
Weekly & TNT Red Carpet Live: 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards. The stunt
ensemble from “Avengers: End Game” was honoured for film and the stunt ensemble
from “Game of Thrones” was honoured for television.
Leonardo DiCaprio presented Robert De Niro with the 56th
Life Achievement Award. The SAG Awards continued its traditions of presenting a
montage saluting the work of SAG-AFTRA members and a filmed “In Memoriam”
tribute honouring the union’s members lost during 2019.
ABOUT THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS
Lauded by critics for its style, simplicity and genuine
warmth, the Screen Actors Guild Awards presented by SAG-AFTRA, which made its
debut in 1995, has become one of the industry’s most prized honours. The only
televised awards ceremony to exclusively honour performers, it presents
thirteen awards for the outstanding performances of the year in film and
television in a fast-moving two-hour show which airs live on TNT and TBS. The
awards focus on both individual performances as well as on the work of the
entire ensemble of a drama series and comedy series, and the cast of a motion
picture. These honours are fundamental to the spirit of the Screen Actors Guild
Awards because they recognize what all actors know – that acting is a
Hollywood gathered Sunday night to celebrate the best in
television and film at the 25th annual Critics’ Choice Awards.
Taye Diggs returned as host of the event and made sure to
keep the crowd laughing. Eddie Murphy received a lifetime achievement award,
while Kristen Bell, who was honoured with the #SeeHer Award, moved the audience
with an inspiring speech.
The Critics’ Choice Awards are known for giving a good
indication of who might be awarded Oscars in February. But they may also give
us a hint at what the rest of 2020’s red carpets may bring.