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:: Spotlight :: 2012 Samsung AACTA Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The newly established Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) recently announced all nominees for the inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards, which will be held at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney on January 31 2012. The announcement confirms which film and television performers, practitioners and productions are contending for Australia’s highest screen accolade, an AACTA Award, increasing anticipation around who will become the Australian Academy’s first Award recipients.

Internationally awarded animator, writer and director Adam Elliot joined actors Alexandra Schepisi, Daniel Henshall and Claudia Karvan at Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) to announce the nominees, which confirmed the strength of Australian film and television in 2011. Highlighting the reach and diversity of nominees, the nominations are spread across 14 Feature Films (out of a possible 21), 14 Documentaries, four Short Animations, six Short Fiction Films and 23 Television Productions.

Speaking of the nominations, AFI | AACTA CEO, Damian Trewhella, said: "The Australian Academy is proud to celebrate Australia’s best film and television productions and the talented people who create them. The strength of the Award nominees announced in this, our inaugural year, confirms the creativity, passion and vitality of Australia’s film and television industry. AACTA congratulates all nominees, and we look forward to inducting our first Award recipients in January 2012.”

INAUGURAL SAMSUNG AACTA AWARDS NOMINEES

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ACTOR
• Olivia DeJonge. Good Pretender.
• Emma Jefferson. My Place, Series 2 - Episode 17 ‘1848 - Johanna’. ABC3
• Lara Robinson. Cloudstreet - Part 1. FOXTEL - Showcase
• Lucas Yeeda. Mad Bastards.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
• Cloudstreet. Scott Zero. FOXTEL - Showcase
• Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga'Hoole. Grant Freckelton.
• Sanctum. David Booth, Peter Webb, Ineke Majoor, Glenn Melenhorst.
• The Hunter. Felix Crawshaw, James Rogers.

AACTA RAYMOND LONGFORD AWARD
• Don McAlpine

TELEVISION

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN'S TELEVISION SERIES
• a gURLs wURLd. Noel Price. Nine Network
• Gasp! Suzanne Ryan. Nine Network
• H2O: Just Add Water, Series 3. Jonathan M. Shiff. Network Ten
• My Place, Series 2. Penny Chapman. ABC3

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION COMEDY SERIES
• At Home With Julia. Rick Kalowski, Greg Quail, Carol Hughes. ABC1
• Laid. Liz Watts. ABC1
• twentysomething. Nicole Minchin. ABC2

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION SERIES
• The Gruen Transfer, Series 4. Andrew Denton, Anita Jacoby, Jon Casimir. ABC1
• Hungry Beast, Series 3. Andrew Denton, Anita Jacoby, Andy Nehl, Jon Casimir. ABC1
• Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey. Todd Abbott. ABC1
• Junior MasterChef, Series 1. Tara McWilliams. Network Ten
• RocKwiz. Brian Nankervis, Ken Connor, Peter Bain-Hogg, Joe Connor. SBS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES
• East West 101, Season 3 - The Heroes' Journey. Steve Knapman, Kris Wyld. SBS
• Offspring, Season 2. John Edwards, Imogen Banks. Network Ten
• Rake. Ian Collie, Peter Duncan, Richard Roxburgh. ABC1
• Spirited, Season 2. Claudia Karvan, Jacquelin Perske. FOXTEL - W

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEFEATURE, MINI SERIES OR SHORT RUN SERIES
• Cloudstreet. Greg Haddrick, Brenda Pam. FOXTEL - Showcase
• Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo. John Edwards, Karen Radzyner. ABC1
• Sisters Of War. Andrew Wiseman. ABC1
• The Slap. Tony Ayres, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN TELEVISION
• Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo - Episode 1. Daina Reid. ABC1
• The Slap - Episode 1 ‘Hector’. Jessica Hobbs. ABC1
• The Slap - Episode 3 ‘Harry’. Matthew Saville. ABC1
• Small Time Gangster - Episode 1 ‘Jingle Bells’. Jeffrey Walker. FOXTEL - Movie Network

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN TELEVISION
• Cloudstreet - Part 3. Tim Winton, Ellen Fontana. FOXTEL - Showcase
• Laid - Episode 3. Kirsty Fisher. ABC1
• The Slap - Episode 1 ‘Hector’. Kris Mrksa. ABC1
• The Slap - Episode 3 ‘Harry’. Brendan Cowell. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Rob Carlton. Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo. ABC1
• Alex Dimitriades. The Slap. ABC1
• Don Hany. East West 101, Season 3 - The Heroes' Journey. SBS
• Jonathan LaPaglia. The Slap. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Essie Davis. Cloudstreet. FOXTEL - Showcase
• Kerry Fox. Cloudstreet. FOXTEL - Showcase
• Asher Keddie. Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo. ABC1
• Sarah Snook. Sisters Of War. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Richard Cawthorne. Killing Time - Episode 2. FOXTEL - TV1
• Aaron Fa‘aoso. East West 101, Season 3 - The Heroes’ Journey - Episode 18 ‘The Price Of Salvation’. SBS
• Jacek Koman. Spirited, Season 2 - Episode 2 ‘Time After Time’. FOXTEL - W
• Todd Lasance. Cloudstreet - Part 3. FOXTEL - Showcase

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Diana Glenn. The Slap - Episode 3 ‘Harry’. ABC1
• Rena Owen. East West 101, Season 3 - The Heroes‘ Journey - Episode 18 'The Price Of Salvation’. SBS
• Susie Porter. Sisters Of War. ABC1
• Lara Robinson. Cloudstreet - Part 1. FOXTEL - Showcase

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION COMEDY
• Alison Bell. Laid. ABC1
• Jess Harris. twentysomething. ABC2
• Chris Lilley. Angry Boys. ABC1
• Celia Pacquola. Laid. ABC1

SHORT FILM

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT ANIMATION
• Forget Me Not. Emily Dean.
• The Missing Key. Garth Nix, Anna McFarlane, Jonathan Nix.
• The Moment. Justin Wight, Kristian Moliere, Troy Bellchambers, Shane McNeil.
• Nullarbor. Alister Lockhart, Patrick Sarell, Katrina Mathers, Merrin Jensen, Daryl Munton.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FICTION FILM
• Adam's Tallit. Justin Olstein, Marie Maroun.
• Cropped. Bettina Hamilton, Dave Wade.
• The Palace. Kate Croser, Anthony Maras, Andros Achilleos.
• The Telegram Man. James F. Khehtie, Victoria Wharfe McIntyre.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN A SHORT FILM
• Afterglow. Nadine Garner.
• Cropped. Dave Wade.
• The Palace. Anthony Maras.
• Waiting For The Turning Of The Earth. David Evan Giles.

DOCUMENTARY

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
• Life In Movement. Sophie Hyde, Bryan Mason.
• Mrs Carey's Concert. Bob Connolly, Helen Panckhurst, Sophie Raymond. ABC1
• Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure. Sophie Hyde, Matthew Bate.
• The Tall Man. Darren Dale. SBS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY UNDER ONE HOUR
• The Ball. Yael Bergman, Laura Waters, Jessica Leski. ABC1
• Jandamarra's War. Andrew Ogilvie, Andrea Quesnelle, Eileen Torres. ABC1
• Leaky Boat. Penny Chapman. ABC1
• Orchids: My Intersex Adventure. Phoebe Hart. ABC

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES
• Immigration Nation, The Secret History Of Us. Jacob Hickey, Alex West, Lucy Maclaren. SBS
• Outback Fight Club. Paul Scott, Isabel Perez. SBS
• Outback Kids. Mike Bluett, Mark Hamlyn, Marc Radomsky. ABC1
• SAS - The Search for Warriors. Julia Redwood, Ed Punchard. SBS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY
• Life In Movement. Bryan Mason, Sophie Hyde.
• Mrs Carey's Concert. Bob Connolly, Sophie Raymond. ABC1
• Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure. Matthew Bate.
• The Tall Man. Tony Krawitz. SBS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A DOCUMENTARY
• Jandamarra's War. Allan Collins ACS, Jim Frater, Rusty Geller SOC. ABC1
• Mrs Carey's Concert. Bob Connolly. ABC1
• Out Of The Ashes. David Parer ACS. ABC1
• The Tall Man. Germain McMicking. SBS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST EDITING IN A DOCUMENTARY
• Leaky Boat. Lawrie Silvestrin. ABC1
• Mrs Carey's Concert. Sophie Raymond, Ray Thomas ASE, Nick Meyers ASE. ABC1
• Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure. Bryan Mason.
• The Tall Man. Rochelle Oshlack. SBS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SOUND IN A DOCUMENTARY
• Jandamarra's War. Laurie Chlanda, Glenn Martin, Ric Curtin, Ash Gibson Greig, Petris Torres. ABC1
• Mrs Carey's Concert. Sophie Raymond, Bob Scott, Doron Kipen. ABC1
• murundak - songs of freedom. Emma Bortignon, Michael Letho, Peter Smith, Christopher O'Young, Simon Walbrook. SBS
• Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure. Jonny Elk Walsh, Pete Best, Tom Heuzenroeder, Emma Bortignon, Scott Illingworth.

FEATURE FILM

SAMSUNG AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM
• The Eye Of The Storm. Antony Waddington, Gregory Read, Fred Schepisi.
• The Hunter. Vincent Sheehan.
• Mad Bastards. David Jowsey, Alan Pigram, Stephen Pigram, Brendan Fletcher.
• Oranges And Sunshine. Camilla Bray, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning.
• RED DOG. Nelson Woss, Julie Ryan.
• Snowtown. Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION
• The Eye Of The Storm. Fred Schepisi.
• The Hunter. Daniel Nettheim.
• RED DOG. Kriv Stenders.
• Snowtown. Justin Kurzel.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
• Griff The Invisible. Leon Ford.
• The Loved Ones. Sean Byrne.
• Mad Bastards. Brendan Fletcher, Dean Daley-Jones, Greg Tait, John Watson.
• Red Hill. Patrick Hughes.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
• The Eye Of The Storm. Judy Morris.
• The Hunter. Alice Addison.
• RED DOG. Daniel Taplitz.
• Snowtown. Shaun Grant.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
• The Hunter. Robert Humphreys ACS.
• RED DOG. Geoffrey Hall ACS.
• Sleeping Beauty. Geoffrey Simpson ACS.
• Snowtown. Adam Arkapaw.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST EDITING
• Oranges And Sunshine. Dany Cooper ASE.
• RED DOG. Jill Bilcock ASE ACE.
• Snowtown. Veronika Jenet ASE.
• Wasted On The Young. Leanne Cole.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SOUND
• The Hunter. Sam Petty, David Lee, Robert Mackenzie, Les Fiddess MPSE, Tony Murtagh, Tom Heuzenroeder.
• Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga'Hoole. Wayne Pashley, Derryn Pasquill, Polly McKinnon, Fabian Sanjurjo, Phil Heywood, Peter Smith.
• Mad Bastards. Phil Judd, Nick Emond, Johanna Emond.
• Snowtown. Frank Lipson MPSE, Andrew McGrath, Des Kenneally, Michael Carden, John Simpson, Erin McKimm.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
• The Hunter. Matteo Zingales, Michael Lira, Andrew Lancaster.
• Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga'Hoole. David Hirschfelder.
• RED DOG. Cezary Skubiszewski.
• Snowtown. Jed Kurzel.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
• The Eye Of The Storm. Melinda Doring.
• The Hunter. Steven Jones-Evans APDG.
• RED DOG. Ian Gracie.
• Sleeping Beauty. Annie Beauchamp.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN
• The Eye Of The Storm. Terry Ryan.
• The Hunter. Emily Seresin.
• Oranges And Sunshine. Cappi Ireland.
• Sleeping Beauty. Shareen Beringer.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR
• Willem Dafoe. The Hunter.
• Daniel Henshall. Snowtown.
• Geoffrey Rush. The Eye Of The Storm.
• David Wenham. Oranges And Sunshine.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS
• Judy Davis. The Eye Of The Storm.
• Frances O'Connor. The Hunter.
• Charlotte Rampling. The Eye Of The Storm.
• Emily Watson. Oranges And Sunshine.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
• John Gaden. The Eye Of The Storm.
• Sam Neill. The Hunter.
• Robert Rabiah. Face To Face.
• Hugo Weaving. Oranges And Sunshine.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
• Morgana Davies. The Hunter.
• Louise Harris. Snowtown.
• Helen Morse. The Eye Of The Storm.
• Alexandra Schepisi. The Eye Of The Storm.

AFI MEMBERS' CHOICE AWARD
• The Eye Of The Storm. Antony Waddington, Gregory Read, Fred Schepisi.
• The Hunter. Vincent Sheehan.
• Mad Bastards. David Jowsey, Alan Pigram, Stephen Pigram, Brendan Fletcher.
• Oranges And Sunshine. Camilla Bray, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning.
• RED DOG. Nelson Woss, Julie Ryan.
• Snowtown. Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw.

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**Australian Academy announces first Award recipient – Don McAlpine**

Australian cinematography legend, Donald M. McAlpine (ACS/ASC), was recently announced as the recipient of the nation’s highest screen accolade – the AACTA Raymond Longford Award. The announcement sees McAlpine join an illustrious group of Australian screen greats, each of whom are previous Raymond Long Award recipients, including Peter Weir, Geoffrey Rush, Fred Schepisi, Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell and Jack Thompson.

McAlpine’s career spans more than 50 films made over 40 years, and includes Australian classics such as Don’s Party and ‘Breaker’ Morant, through to international blockbusters such as Predator, Patriot Games and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He has received numerous accolades throughout his career including an Oscar and BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography for Moulin Rouge!, a BAFTA nomination for William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, working with Baz Luhrmann, as well as three AFI Awards.

This marks the first award to be bestowed by the newly-established Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). McAlpine will be officially awarded with a special presentation at the Samsung AACTA Awards Luncheon on Sunday January 15 – the first of AACTA’s two awards events, both of which will be held in January to fall within the international screen awards season. The Luncheon will include special tributes for McAlpine by fellow screen luminaries Bruce Beresford, Jack Thompson and P.J. Hogan.

AFI/AACTA CEO, Damian Trewhella, said, “The announcement of Don McAlpine as the recipient of the AACTA Raymond Longford Award marks a milestone in Australian history, being the first award bestowed by the new Australian Academy. Don McAlpine is a most deserving recipient of the Raymond Longford Award, the highest accolade which AACTA can bestow on an individual, and we are delighted that such an outstanding screen practitioner is the first person to be awarded by AACTA. With more than 50 films to his name, three AFI Awards, one Academy Award nomination and two BAFTA nominations amongst other accolades, McAlpine is truly an Australian artist of international standing. Announcing Don McAlpine as the first honoree of the inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards provides the perfect opening to our Awards season.”

McAlpine, now aged 77, is still working at full speed and continues to adapt to new digital technology. With his lifelong partner, his wife Jeanette, at his side, he has just completed filming for P.J. Hogan’s latest feature film, Mental, starring Toni Collette, Liev Schreiber and Anthony LaPaglia.

Upon being told of the Award, Don McAlpine said, “I accept the Raymond Longford Award as a great personal honour. I am thrilled with the honour it implies to the art and craft of Australian cinematographers.”

Fellow Australian screen great and long time friend, Jack Thompson AM, said, “Don and I have known each other for about 40 years. He's a good friend. His cinematography has been instrumental in both my career as an actor and the establishment of an Australian film industry that is recognised worldwide for excellence. No one deserves this award more than Don. His contribution to cinema is without peer. Good on ya mate!”

Internationally acclaimed director, Bruce Beresford, also praised McAlpine, “Don has photographed a staggering number of feature films, both in Australia and overseas. He is a great artist, capable of varying his style to suit the subject matter of the film. He is a delight to work with. A credit to the Australian film industry.”

AFI Chairman, Alan Finney, said, “Don McAlpine has been a key player in our industry over nearly 40 years working on an incredibly diverse range of films including such memorable films as Moulin Rouge!, which earned an Oscar nomination in 2002, Predator, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Patriot Games, Peter Pan, The Time Machine, Clear and Present Danger, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and X-Men Origins and Wolverine. I first became aware of Don when I became involved in our industry back in the early 1970s and films such as The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, The Getting of Wisdom, ‘Breaker’ Morant and My Brilliant Career played a key role in establishing our local production credentials both in Australia and Internationally. Don has now once again been recognised for his role as a cinematographer who has made significant and substantial contributions to the global art of filmmaking.”

Don McAlpine – A history of achievement in international cinematography
From his birth in the small Outback town of Quandialla NSW, to the bright lights of Hollywood, and now back again, McAlpine’s own life and career has mirrored not only the development of film and cinema technology over the last 70 years, but also the growth and expansion of the Australian screen industry and its international profile.

Starting his career as an amateur photographer in country NSW, where he was working as a school teacher, McAlpine quickly rose to prominence in the burgeoning local film industry of the late 1960s and 70s.

Having freelanced for the ABC, then becoming Chief Cameraman for the Commonwealth Film Unit (CFU), McAlpine took leave to shoot his first feature film - Bruce Beresford’s The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) - the first feature fully financed by the new Australian Film Development Corporation, and an internationally successful movie that spearheaded the resurgence of local production.

McAlpine went on to shoot many more films for Bruce Beresford, including Don’s Party (1976), The Getting of Wisdom (1978), ‘Breaker’ Morant (1980) and Puberty Blues (1981). During this period, McAlpine also shot for other directors, including Richard Franklin (Patrick, 1978), Tom Jeffrey (The Odd Angry Shot, 1979), and Gillian Armstrong (My Brilliant Career, 1979).

After coming to the attention of New York director Paul Mazursky, who asked McAlpine to shoot his influential 1982 film Tempest, McAlpine began working steadily in the US. His work from early 1980s with Mazursky and iconic directors like Alan J. Pakula (Orphans, 1987; See You in the Morning, 1989) and Martin Ritt (Stanley & Iris, 1989) led to projects with high profile Hollywood directors including Ron Howard (Parenthood, 1989) and Chris Columbus (Mrs Doubtfire, 1993; Stepmom, 1998).

Working in Hollywood, Don McAlpine’s Australian connections have remained strong. He has worked there as cinematographer for fellow Australian directors Phil Noyce (Patriot Games, 1992; Clear and Present Danger, 1994), Mel Gibson (The Man Without a Face, 1993) and P.J. Hogan (Peter Pan, 2003). McAlpine has also shot two films for Baz Luhrmann: William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996), and then Moulin Rouge!, for which he was nominated for an Oscar® for Best Cinematography in 2002.

Whether he’s working on edgy performance-based dramas like Anger Management (2002) or on big budget special effects-laden spectacles like The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (2004) or X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2008), McAlpine is known within the industry for his extraordinary ability to adapt his skills to the stories he is filming, and to complement the particular strengths and weaknesses of the people he is working with.

Don is currently the subject of a documentary, Show Me The Magic, to be screened next year on SBS and at key festivals. The film is being directed by Cathy Henkel, who is producing alongside Trish Lake, who says this of McAlpine: “Don is a man of artistry, skill, vision, ethics and amazing fortitude. He is a living legend.”

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*BMW stiches up two-year deal with AACTAs**

Local and international stars of the screen will take to the red carpet in style with BMW Australia today announcing a two year sponsorship of the Australian Film Institute’s - Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.

As part of the deal, a fleet of BMW’s famous from their own starring roles in feature films will ferry stars to the inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards Ceremony, to be broadcast by the Nine Network on January 31, 2012.

The broadcast gives Australia’s movie fans a front row seat at the film and television industry’s premier awards night.

The cars used will include the BMW 6 Series which features in the current blockbuster Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol. From the elegant BMW limousines of today to iconic BMW’s of the past, each car in the celebrity fleet will have a story behind it.

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**Samsung AACTA Awards Luncheon**

The inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards Luncheon, presented by Digital Pictures, was held at Sydney’s Westin Hotel, marking the first Award winners to be announced by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA).

Presenters at the event included film and television favourites Rhada Mitchell, Rebecca Gibney and Susie Porter, internationally renowned directors such as Bruce Beresford and Fred Schepisi, and entertaining Oscar winner Adam Elliot, to name a few. The event was hosted by acclaimed actress Sigrid Thornton.

The Samsung AACTA Awards Luncheon recognised the talent and innovation of artists and craftspeople working across the television, documentary, short fiction film, short animation and feature film categories.

The prestigious AACTA Raymond Longford Award, the nation’s highest screen accolade, was presented to Australian cinematography legend, Donald M. McAlpine (ACS/ASC), accompanied by moving and insightful tributes from director Bruce Beresford, and long time friend and colleague Jack Thompson.

The Byron Kennedy Award was also presented. Celebrating outstanding creative enterprise within the film and television industries, the Byron Kennedy Award is given to an individual or organisation whose work embodies innovation and the relentless pursuit of excellence. This year, filmmaker Ivan Sen was awarded for “his unique artistic vision and for showing, by his resourceful multidisciplinary filmmaking, that telling stories on screen is in reach of all who have something consequential to say”. Ivan’s internationally heralded and award winning credits include Beneath Clouds, Yellow Fella and the 2011 feature film Toomelah, which screened in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival.

The complete list of winners announced at the Samsung AACTA Awards Luncheon, presented by Digital Pictures, is as follows:

AACTA RAYMOND LONGFORD AWARD
•Don McAlpine

BYRON KENNEDY AWARD
•Ivan Sen

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
•Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga'Hoole. Grant Freckelton.

TELEVISION

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION COMEDY SERIES
•Laid. Liz Watts. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION COMEDY
•Chris Lilley. Angry Boys. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN'S TELEVISION SERIES
•My Place, Series 2. Penny Chapman. ABC3

AACTA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN TELEVISION SCREEN CRAFT
•Herbert Pinter - Production Design. Cloudstreet. FOXTEL - Showcase

SHORT FILM

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT ANIMATION
•Nullarbor. Alister Lockhart, Patrick Sarell, Katrina Mathers, Merrin Jensen, Daryl Munton.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FICTION FILM
•The Palace. Kate Croser, Anthony Maras, Andros Achilleos.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN A SHORT FILM
•The Palace. Anthony Maras.

DOCUMENTARY

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
•Mrs Carey's Concert. Bob Connolly, Helen Panckhurst, Sophie Raymond. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY UNDER ONE HOUR
•Jandamarra's War. Andrew Ogilvie, Andrea Quesnelle, Eileen Torres. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES
•SAS - The Search for Warriors. Julia Redwood, Ed Punchard. SBS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY
•Mrs Carey's Concert. Bob Connolly, Sophie Raymond. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A DOCUMENTARY
•Out Of The Ashes. David Parer ACS. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST EDITING IN A DOCUMENTARY
•Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure. Bryan Mason.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SOUND IN A DOCUMENTARY
•murundak - songs of freedom. Emma Bortignon, Michael Letho, Peter Smith, Christopher O'Young, Simon Walbrook. SBS

FEATURE FILM

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
•The Hunter. Robert Humphreys ACS.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST EDITING
•Snowtown. Veronika Jenet ASE.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SOUND
•Snowtown. Frank Lipson MPSE, Andrew McGrath, Des Kenneally, Michael Carden, John Simpson, Erin McKimm.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
•The Hunter. Matteo Zingales, Michael Lira, Andrew Lancaster.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
•The Eye Of The Storm. Melinda Doring.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN
•The Eye Of The Storm. Terry Ryan.

AFI MEMBERS' CHOICE AWARD
•RED DOG. Nelson Woss, Julie Ryan.

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**Geoffrey Rush named Australian Of The Year**

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) is proud to congratulate its founding President Geoffrey Rush, who has been named as Australian of the Year 2012. One of eight finalists, Geoffrey Rush was announced Australian of the Year at Parliament House in Canberra.

Geoffrey Rush, king of stage and screen, has uniquely captured the hearts and minds of not just judges and critics, but audiences around the world. The honour of Australian of the Year expands his already impressive list of acknowledgements: an Academy Award (Shine), a Tony Award (Exit the King), an Emmy Award (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers), two Golden Globes, three BAFTAS, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, two AFI Awards and an AFI Raymond Longford Award.

This announcement further attests that there is no one more suited than Geoffrey Rush to serve as inaugural President of AACTA, an Academy whose primary role is to identify, award, promote and celebrate Australia's greatest achievements in film and television.

Geoffrey Rush will be in Los Angeles to host the AACTA International Awards Ceremony at Soho House on Friday January 27, where he will be joined by fellow Award presenters and Australian screen icons, including Nicole Kidman and Guy Pearce, to award some of the world’s finest writers, directors and actors.

He will then return to Australia for the Samsung AACTA Awards Ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on January 31, which will be broadcast that night on the Nine Network at 9.30pm. Awards across film and television in the categories of Best Film, Best Television Drama Series, Best Acting, Best Screenplay and Best Direction, among others, will be announced at the Ceremony.

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**AACTA Ceremony - Winners announced**

The complete list of winners announced at the Samsung AACTA Awards Ceremony is as follows:

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ACTOR
•Lara Robinson. Cloudstreet - Part 1. FOXTEL - Showcase

TELEVISION

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES
•East West 101, Season 3 - The Heroes' Journey. Steve Knapman, Kris Wyld. SBS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEFEATURE, MINI SERIES OR SHORT RUN SERIES
•The Slap. Tony Ayres, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION SERIES
•The Gruen Transfer, Series 4. Andrew Denton, Anita Jacoby, Jon Casimir. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN TELEVISION
•The Slap - Episode 3 ‘Harry’. Matthew Saville. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN TELEVISION
•The Slap - Episode 3 ‘Harry’. Brendan Cowell. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
•Alex Dimitriades. The Slap. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
•Sarah Snook. Sisters Of War. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
•Richard Cawthorne. Killing Time - Episode 2. FOXTEL - TV1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
•Diana Glenn. The Slap - Episode 3 ‘Harry’. ABC1

SWITCHED ON AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION PROGRAM
•Packed To The Rafters. Seven Network

SWITCHED ON AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION DRAMA

•Asher Keddie. Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo. ABC1

FEATURE FILM

SAMSUNG AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM
•RED DOG. Nelson Woss, Julie Ryan.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION
•Snowtown. Justin Kurzel.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
•Griff The Invisible. Leon Ford.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
•Snowtown. Shaun Grant.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR
•Daniel Henshall. Snowtown.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS
•Judy Davis. The Eye Of The Storm.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
•Hugo Weaving. Oranges And Sunshine.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
•Louise Harris. Snowtown.

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**Pictures from the AACTA Awards and after-party**

Here are some pictures from the red carpet and media room at the Sydney Opera House.

Indiana Evans
Vince Colosimo & Diana Glenn
Elizabeth Debicki
Samara Weaving
Jessica Tovey
Radha Mitchell
Part of the fantastic dance team that staged the opening production number
Alex Dimitriades & Anji Lake
Camilla Franks
Samantha Harris
Miranda Kerr
dancer Elena Samodanova
dancers Elena Samodanova & Gleb Savchenko
Alex Dimitriades Asher Keddie
Lara Robinson Richard Cawthorne
Diana Glenn Justin Kurzel

Here are some pictures from the after party that was held at Hyde Park Barracks

Diana Glenn, Vince Colosimo & Louise Harris Emma Booth
Nathan Phillips & Andrea Raw Alex Dimitriades & Anji Lake
the dancers partied up a storm Samara Weaving (right) and friend
Firass Dirani (right) and friends
guests
time to party for Lantern Group staff - Steph Say, Matt Worboys & Ying-di Yin