Because Emmy Awards are given in different sectors of the American television industry, they are presented in different annual ceremonies held throughout the year. The just-concluded Emmys that happened about two weeks ago (Where Donald Glover and Lena Waithe bagged awards) is presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. While the one South African Actress, Thuso Mbedu has been nominated for is presented by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The International Emmys, which annually takes place in November, are awarded for excellence in TV programming produced and initially aired outside the United States.
So it's been brought to my attention that I've been nominated for the INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARDS which is kind of a BIG DEAL for me 😝🙈 I have to say my thank yous 🤸🏾♀️ I am here by the Grace of God! So before I say anything else : Thank you Jesus. I don't know how to put this into words. I've screamed, I've danced and jumped, I've prayed (and my vocabulary wouldn't rise to the occasion) and I've cried. I am so humbled. To my sister, Masentle Nomalungelo Mbedu, @noma.mbedu I love you more than words can explain. I am here because of God through you. To my agent, Anna, @annzo_duck thank you for taking me in and believing in me when all the other "big" agencies turned me away. God willed it and so we live purpose. RAPID BLUE! God bless and increase you. Thank you for believing in all of us by casting us. I definitely wouldn't have been able to rise to the occasion without my wonderful cast. My support system. AMANDA LANE! My words fall short but I'm gonna squeeze you so hard when I see you tomorrow! The crew! Thank you for being patient with us and making us look like the best versions of ourselves. Mzansi Magic: @mzansimagic the channel that gave me my very first acting break. Humbly, I thank you. To my family and ALL my friends: thank you humbly and I love you. Vuyelwa Mpakanyiswa, my friend and guide (and manager) this is just the beginning. Thank you for putting up with me for so long. @sdumo.mtshali Season 1 bhuti, you were my go-to person. You were never tired of helping me when I was frustrated or confused by my offers. You were always willing to talk it out and suggest different ways of playing it. We need more people like you! Thank you so much. Obviously, I could go on and on and on and on! But simply: Abahlali bezishebo (niyazazi). PMB. KZN. SATAFRIKA! Ngiyanithanda. Kubonga mina umntana kagogo. Glory be to God. Never lose heart. Keep pushing. Your dream is just a stepping stone to the greater things God has in store for you. From South Africa to the World. #IWill #daretobedifferent #internatonalemmys2017 #iemmysnominee #ThusoMbedu #ThisIsUs #TeachMeHowTo #iemmyNOM AMANINJA! @MakgotsoM1 @zikhona_bali @YolandaKgaka @tkaula
The International Emmy Awards will take place in New York, where it has been held in the past years and the nominations, announced on Wednesday afternoon, spans 18 countries. The 26-year-old actress Thuso Mbedu, is a nominee for the “best performance by an actress” category for her sassy teenage role as ‘Winnie’ in Mzansi Magic drama series, Isthunzi. She’s the only one nominated from Africa, this is her first serious acting gig, her first Emmy nomination and hopefully be a first win too. She took Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to show gratitude to her cast and crew, and Mzansi Magic channel for the opportunity and support.
She’s already considered a heroine by many and will compete against Brazilian actress, Adriana Esteves, British star, Anna Friel and German star, Sonja Gerhardt for the same category.
You can check out the full list of other nominees here.
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