5th AACTA Award Winners

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Dec 092015


The 5th Annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (the AACTAs) took place in Sydney this evening, with Mad Max: Fury Road taking Best Film and Best Director; and The Dressmaker scooping three of the four acting awards (for Kate Winselt, Judy Davis, & Hugo Weaving), as well as the people’s choice award. The fourth acting award (Best Lead Actor) was won by Michael Caton for Last Cab to Darwin.

It is fitting that Fury Road and The Dressmaker were the big winners. The two films were the highest performing at the Australian Box Office this year and were both critically praised.

At the industry awards held last month, Fury Road took home six awards including Best Visual Effects or Animation, Best Score, and Best Production Design. The Dressmaker picked up Best Costume Design.

AACTA Award For Best Film
The Dressmaker
Holding The Man
Last Cab To Darwin
Mad Max: Fury Road WINNER
Paper Planes

AACTA Award For Best Direction
The Dressmaker – Jocelyn Moorhouse
Holding The Man – Neil Armfield
Last Cab To Darwin – Jeremy Sims
Mad Max: Fury Road – George Miller WINNER

AACTA Award For Best Lead Actor
Patrick Brammall – Ruben Guthrie
Michael Caton – Last Cab To Darwin WINNER
Ryan Corr – Holding The Man
Sullivan Stapleton – Cut Snake

AACTA Award For Best Lead Actress
Roby Butler – Now Add Honey
Ningali Lawford-Wolf – Last Cab To Darwin
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road
Kate Winslet – The Dressmaker WINNER

AACTA Award For Best Supporting Actor
Mark Coles Smith – Last Cab To Darwin
Alex Dimitriades – Ruben Guthrie
Anthony LaPaglia – Holding The Man
Hugo Weaving – The Dressmaker WINNER

AACTA Award For Best Supporting Actress
Judy Davis – The Dressmaker WINNER
Emma Hamilton – Last Cab To Darwin
Deborah Mailman – Paper Planes
Sarah Snook – The Dressmaker

AACTA People’s Choice Award for Favourite Australian Film
Mad Max: Fury Road
Last Cab to Darwin
The Dressmaker WINNER
Paper Planes

A full list of all the winners, including the television, documentary, and industry awards, can be viewed at the AACTA website

5th AACTA Awards – Nominees Announced

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Oct 292015


The Dressmaker leads Australia Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award nominations, with 12 nods including Best Film, Best Director, Lead Actress (Kate Winslet,) and Supporting Actress (Sarah Snook). The film which centers around an internationally acclaimed designer returning home to rural Australia was released in Australian cinemas today (October 29).

The critically-acclaimed post-apocalyptic film Mad Max: Fury Road received 11 nominations, including a Lead Actress nomination for Charlize Theron. I love that she has been recognised as the lead, because the film is utterly hers. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see her in contention for an Oscar in the same category? We can only hope.

Warm-hearted Last Cab to Darwin received 8 nominations; while Holding the Man received 6, and Cut Snake and Paper Planes both received 5.

A look at the Best Visual Effects Or Animation category shows how many major Hollywood productions are looking to Australia for our innovation in special/visual effects. Pan, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ted 2, and Mad Max: Fury Road have all received nomination in this category.

This year has been a record-breaking year at the box office for Australian films, with the all-time box office record of $63.4 million (set in 2001) passed at the beginning of the month. The Australian film share of the local box office is currently (as of Oct 7) sitting at 6.8%, which is the best since 2001.

The AACTA craft awards will be presented at a dinner in Sydney on November 30, with the main awards presented at an awards ceremony at The Star Event Centre on December 9.

Check out the nominations after the jump.

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AACTA Award Winners

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Jan 302015


It was a big night for Jennifer Kent and The Babadook at Australia’s annual celebration of film and television. The director picked up best director, best original screenplay and shared the best film prize. The ABC reports that Kent said of her win,”I’ve traveled round the world with The Babadook and it’s been an extraordinary journey this last year. But to be here and to have this award from my industry peers in my home country means so much to me.”

The Babadook shared the best film prize with Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner, which was the most commercially successful local film of 2014. The Lego Movie may be missing from the Academy Awards, but it was recognised by the AACTAs, picking up the award for best visual effects or animation. Sarah Snook and David Gulpilil were the extremely deserving winners of the lead acting categories.
Award for Best Film
The Babadook Kristina Ceyton and Kristian Moliere
The Water Diviner Andrew Mason, Keith Rodger and Troy Lum

Award for Best Direction
The Babadook Jennifer Kent

Award for Best Original Screenplay
The Babadook Jennifer Kent

Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
The Railway Man Frank Cottrell Boyce and Andy Paterson

Award for Best Lead Actor
David Gulpilil Charlie’s Country

Award for Best Lead Actress
Sarah Snook Predestination

Award for Best Supporting Actor
Yilmaz Erdogan The Water Diviner

Award for Best Supporting Actress
Susan Prior The Rover

Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation
The Lego Movie Chris McKay, Amber Naismith, Aidan Sarsfield and Grant Freckelton

Award for Best Feature Length Documentary
Ukraine Is Not A Brothel Kitty Green, Jonathan auf der Heide and Michael Latham

Trailblazer Award
Rose Byrne

The full list of AACTA winners (including the television categories), can be found here.

4th Annual AACTAs nominations

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Dec 032014


The nominees for the 4th annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (the Australian equivalent of the Oscars) have been announced. The awards recognise the achievements in Australian TV and Film over the previous 12 months.

Sci-fi mind-bending Predesination from the Spierig brothers leads the pack with 9 nominations, including best film, best actress (Sarah Snook) and original screenplay.

The Water Diviner is yet to be released in Australia (it is released Boxing Day), but it has picked up 8 nominations, including the coveted best film nomination. Not far behind in terms of nominations was David Michôd’s The Rover, which received 7 nominations in total, but not one for best film.

The Babadook received 6 nominations, including best film, best original screenplay, best actress (Essie Davis) and best director. The film, which performed modestly at the Australian box office has been somewhat of a hit internationally, with good box office takings and a very positive critical response.

Also receiving six nominations was The Little Death (which was nominated in every acting category) and The Railway Man, which received a best film nomination. Charlie’s Country received 5 nominations with David Gulpilil recognised for both his writing (original screenplay) and his acting.

My personal favourite Australian films of 2014, These Final Hours and The Infinite Man, did not receive any nominations, nor did Wold Creek 2 which did reasonably well at the local box office.

In the documentary categories, Ukraine is not a Brothel leads the nominations with 6 in total, including best feature-length documentary and best direction. My favourite Australian documentary of the year, All This Mayhem, received 4 nominations including best editing and best original music score. The original music score in a documentary award is a brand-new award for the AACTAs, with 4 films being recognised for their talented composers.

The 4th AACTA Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday 29 January, 2015.

A full list of feature film and documentary nominees are after the jump.

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AACTA Awards

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Jan 312014

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Arts held their 3rd annual awards night in Sydney last night, awarding Baz Lurhman’s The Great Gatsby winning all but one of the 14 awards it was nominated for including best picture, best director and best leading actor (DiCaprio). The Rocket was the well-deserved recipient of the best original screenplay award; while Rose Byrne won best leading actress for her 7 minute role in The Turning.

At an earlier ceremony in LA, the AACTA international awards were given out, with Gravity taking out best film.

While Gatsby is certainly worthy of some of its wins (especially costume/production design), this year’s AACTA results are another sign of how out of touch with Australian film this organisation is. For the 3 years since the awards started (they were previously the AFI awards), the awards have been dominated by the “Australian” film which was the biggest box office success that year. This is wrong. To put it simply, box office success is not a measure of a film’s quality. Local films typically get smaller releases, they have smaller budgets and they don’t tend to have massive marketing money behind them. To make these smaller films compete alongside the one “Australian blockbuster” each year is never going to be fair. If the organisation wants to hold something more meaningful than an annual giant celebration of the upper echelons (money) of Australian film society, it’s going to have to rethink what “best” really means.

The full list of AACTA winners is after the jump.


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Awards: 2nd Annual AACTA Award Nominees Announced

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Dec 032012


The nominees for the 2nd annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (the Australian equivalent of the Oscars) have been announced in Sydney. The awards recognise the achievements in Australian TV and Film over the previous 12 months.

Leading the pack was box office success The Sapphires with 12 nominations, including best film, best director, and acting nominations for Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy and Chris O’Dowd. Burning Man received 10 nominations; while Lore (Australia’s entry for consideration for the Best Foreign Language film Oscar), Wish You Were Here, and Mental all received 8 nominations.

While I didn’t love Burning Man, I was happy to see Martin Connor receive a nomination for the fantastic editing. Wish You Were Here was my favourite Australian film this year, so I was extremely pleased to see it pick up multiple nominations in both the acting and technical departments. The nominations for Mental baffle me a little, but then again I just didn’t get that film at all.

The full list of nominees in the feature film categories are listed after the jump.

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