The Australian Film Critics Association (of which I am a member) has announced the nominees for the 2016 AFCA Film Awards. The awards recognise the best in Australian and international film in 2015.
Leading the nominations this year is Australian domestic box office hit, The Dressmaker with eight nominations, including two in the best supporting actress category (for Judy Davis and Sarah Snook). Mad Max: Fury Road received 7 AFCA nominations to go alongside the outstanding 10 Oscar nominations the critically acclaimed film has also received. Last Cab to Darwin also received 7 nods, including a much-deserved nomination for veteran Australian actor Michael Caton. The criminally under-seen Partisan received 6 nominations, and Holding the Man received 5.
Girlhood, The Martian, Phoenix, and Sicario are among the films to be recognised with a nomination in the international film categories.
The Australian Film Critics Association annually award prizes to the best Australian film criticism across three categories.
1. Ivan Hutchinson Award for best long-form writing on Australian or International cinema.
2. Award for best review of an individual Australian film.
3. Award for best review of an individual non-Australian film.
This year the awards will be judged by: Sandra Sdraulig AM (Chair of the Adelaide Film Festival), Annette Blonski (Professional script editor and consultant), Lisa French (Deputy Dean of Media & Communications, RMIT), Alan Finney (Chair of the Australian Film Institute (AFI) / AACTA), and Kristian Connelly (General Manager, Cinema Nova).
Both the Writing Award and Film Award winners will be announced at the Annual Awards Ceremony to be held at the iconic Astor Theatre, Melbourne on Tuesday, February 16th.
The full list of nominations are after the jump.
HOLDING THE MAN
LAST CAB TO DARWIN
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
NEIL ARMFIELD – Holding The Man
ARIEL KLIEMAN – Partisan
GEORGE MILLER – Mad Max: Fury Road
JOCELYN MOORHOUSE – The Dressmaker
JEREMY SIMS – Last Cab To Darwin
VINCENT CASSEL -Partisan
MICHAEL CATON – Last Cab To Darwin
RYAN CORR – Holding The Man
TOM HARDY – Mad Max: Fury Road
SULLIVAN STAPLETON – Cut Snake
ROBYN BUTLER – Now Add Honey
NICOLE KIDMAN – Strangerland
NINGALI LAWFORD-WOLF – Last Cab To Darwin
CHARLIZE THERON – Mad Max: Fury Road
KATE WINSLET – The Dressmaker
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
JEREMY CHABRIEL – Partisan
HUGH KEAYES-BYRNE -Mad Max: Fury Road
ANTHONY LAPAGLIA – Holding The Man
MARK COLES SMITH – Last Cab To Darwin
HUGO WEAVING – The Dressmaker
BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
JUDY DAVIS – The Dressmaker
SARAH SNOOK – The Dressmaker
SARAH SNOOK – Oddball
EMMA HAMILTON – Last Cab To Darwin
DEBORAH MAILMAN – Paper Planes
SARAH CYNGLER & ARIEL KLEIMAN – Partisan
GEORGE MILLER, BRENDAN MCCARTHY & NIC LATHOURIS – Mad Max: Fury Road
JOCELYN MOORHOUSE & P J HOGAN – The Dressmaker
TOMMY MURPHY – Holding The Man
JEREMY SIMS & REG CRIBB – Last Cab To Darwin
BENTLEY DEAN – Tanna
P J DILLON – Strangerland
DONALD MCALPINE – The Dressmaker
GERMAIN MCMICKING – Partisan
JOHN SEALE – Mad Max: Fury Road
INTERNATIONAL FILM CATEGORIES
BEST FILM FOREIGN LANGUAGE
BEST FILM ENGLISH LANGUAGE
(local or international)
SALT OF THE EARTH
WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED