KayOscars 2005 – presented by Kayos casting directors, AV Network & Ultrasound

The KayOscars 2005, presented by Kayos Casting Directors, AV Network and Ultrasound were held on October 7th at the CTICC. Supported by a huge cross section of people from the film & TV industry, the evening was a resounding success, filled with glitz, glamour, buskers and general frivolity. The event has grown from a humble end of season 'thank you' party by Kayos Casting Directors, into a glamorous, uplifting, industry-supported charity drive and empowering initiative. Sending up the formal Oscar Awards format, the tongue in cheek, light-hearted awards ceremony sets out to honour the local tv 'heroes', the actors, models and characters who all contribute to the enormous success of the Cape Town television commercial industry.

As usual the nominees arrived in limousines and guests and nominees alike were ushered up the red carpet by screaming fans and flashing cameras with their arrival interviews being live-streamed into the venue. This year, the screaming fans and paparazzi were none other than the youngsters from two of the charities who benefited from the evening’s proceeds, the
MylifE Project & the UPliftment Programme. After rehearsing for a month, the enthusiastic 'youth at risk' had traffic coming to a standstill to find out what the commotion was about. Meanwhile, inside the venue, guests were entertained by other talented youngsters miming, clowning and being statues.

Once again the industry came together in a display of amazing generosity, sponsoring the entire event right from the flowers, DJ & awards through to the red & orange plastic chickens. Even the host of the show, comedian Cokey Falkow, donated his time and energy. He was an enormous hit with the audience, who loved his kooky and unorthodox approach to presenting the awards. The slick production commenced with some brief but somewhat 'altered' appearances by Russell Crow, Daniel Day Lewis & Mr Incredible. The nominees were then introduced with a showing of their actual winning auditions, followed by the final commercials. Winners included children, stunt men, local celebs like Tanit Phoenix and Big Bad Bruce of Vodacom fame and a host of SA film and TV commercial talent, their agents, advertising agencies and the cities' top film production companies.

Three charities benefited from this years proceeds. The UPliftment Programme, MylifE Project & the Theatre Benevolent Fund and their coffers received a healthy boost when Peter Gird of Peter Gird Productions spontaneously doubled his already generous sponsorship.

Supported by 600 people, the evening was a celebration and affirmation of the spirit of reciprocity and generosity that characterises the industry. A proudly South African event that is just growing from strength to strength! 




I can't thank you enough for the most amazing evening on Friday night! It's truly the most glamorous event we have here! (Liz Bullen - Atomik Pictures)

Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! (Leigh Godlonton-Shaw, Streetwize Casting Directors)

Just a quick one to say Thanks to you guys for a very entertaining KayOscars last week Friday! The Kayos team once again just amazed us with their talent and fun was had by all of us from The Asylum. Wishing next time we will be able to sponsor a "bigger" category.. WELL DONE & MANY THANKS (Gaye Leong, The Asylum)

Congratulations with a very successful evening! It all went so well, and all your hard work definitely paid off! Well done, and thank you! Cheers (Liesl, Limited Edition)

Thank you!!!!! Our youngsters had a wonderful time and felt the acknowledgement they received from everyone. They have worked so hard, for so long and Friday night showed them all how special they are. We love you all. (Linzi Thomas & The MylifE Team)

Hey there all you fabulous people at Kayos, you did such an amazing job with the KayOscars this year~! A fabulous time was had by all! I brought friends not involved in the industry and they thought it was ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!!! We laughed, we drank, we clapped, we sang, we had a brilliant evening!! THANKS A MILLION!!!
(Cindy Cameron, Boss Models)

Good heavens! I had such a blast... and at the end of the day it's the children the really won. Mighty congrats to an extra-ordinary event. KAYOS have always put the R.E.S.P.E.C.T in commercial acting. Always appreciated. Love and light to you all
(Ashley Brownleigh, Emma Ress Management)

Dear Kayos. I am very sorry to have missed the Kayoscars. I have heard from numerous sources that it was a memorable & fantastic evening. I am grateful for what you guys do for the industry and also for the poor. You are a fantastic team.
(Debbie Cornell – Rocket Films)

Thank you all and well done on a most fabulous evening.
(Peter Gird, Peter Gird Productions)

The KayOscars event has just been the most amazing opportunity for us. We were so exceptionally awed at the performances the youth gave and the feedback we have had from the event. Thank you for your care, your energy and your huge support of the UPliftment Programme. (Nikki Jackman, Cheerlady of The UPliftment Programme)

Thanks for hosting a most enjoyable evening - you guys really excelled this time round! (Wayne, Xtreme Characters)

To All at Kayos. Well done! Congratulations on a most successful event! We absolutely loved it! Thank you for all your extremely hard work – whew! You did a fantastic job. (Pene & Mary-Ann - The Ozone Girls)