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:: Spotlight :: 2013 AACTA Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Anticipation around the Australian screen awards season stepped up recently, with the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) announcing nominees across 40 film and television Award categories, as well as the dates for the Academy’s two AACTA Awards events.

The AACTA Awards will be presented at two major events in Sydney in January 2013:

• 2nd AACTA Awards Luncheon presented by Deluxe - Monday 28 January 2013. This event includes the presentation of Australia’s highest screen accolade, the AACTA Raymond Longford Award, which will be awarded to producer Al Clark.

• 2nd AACTA Awards Ceremony & After Party - Wednesday 30 January 2013.
Following a new major partnership announced yesterday, which sees The Star join AACTA as Destination Partner, both events will be held at Sydney’s new The Star Event Centre, marking the first public events to be held at the venue.

AFI | AACTA CEO, Damian Trewhella, said:
“The Australian Academy is delighted that the AACTA Awards, a celebration by both the public and the industry of Australian screen excellence, will be the first major public events held at The Star Event Centre. “With stunning views across the Sydney skyline, and with state-of-the-art technology, it’s the perfect setting for Australia’s most prestigious screen Awards, the AACTA Awards, which are proudly produced and hosted in Sydney.With both The Star and AACTA bringing some of Australia’s and the world’s most celebrated screen icons to Sydney, this partnership is the perfect fit.”

Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris, said Sydney is proud to host Australia’s premier film awards for the 2nd year in succession. “The AACTAs are the premier awards event for Australia’s film industry. Our investment in the 2nd AACTA Awards and the staging of them in Sydney re-affirms the NSW Government’s commitment to the State’s screen and creative industries, and further strengthens Sydney’s position as the creative and major events capital of Australia,” Mr Souris said.

2nd AACTA Awards Nominations
Today’s 2nd AACTA Awards Nominations Announcement confirms which film and television performers, practitioners and productions are contending for Australia’s highest screen accolade, an AACTA Award. Highlighting the reach and diversity of nominees, the nominations are spread across 13 Feature Films (out of a possible 23), 16 Documentaries, four Short Animations, four Short Fiction Films and 32 Television Productions.

Based on the outcome of this year’s round one Feature Film voting, four nominees have been revealed for the AACTA Award for Best Film (listed in alphabetical order):
• Burning Man
• Lore
• The Sapphires
• Wish You Were Here

FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ACTOR
• Brenna Harding. Puberty Blues. Network Ten
• Ed Oxenbould. Julian.
• Saskia Rosendahl. Lore.
• Lily Sullivan. Mental.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
• Iron Sky. Samuli Torssonen, Jussi Lehtiniemi, Juuso Kaari, Kelly Myers.
• Killer Elite. Ineke Majoor, Julian Dimsey.
• The Sapphires. James Rogers.
• Utopia Girls - How Women Won The Vote. Kylie Robertson, Rebecca Stegh, Monica Monin ABC1

AACTA RAYMOND LONGFORD AWARD
• Al Clark

TELEVISION

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN'S TELEVISION SERIES
• The Adventures of Figaro Pho. Dan Fill, Frank Verheggen, David Webster. ABC3
• Dance Academy - Series 2. Joanna Werner. ABC3
• Flea-bitten! Gillian Carr. Nine Network
• Guess How Much I Love You - The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare. Suzanne Ryan,
Seng Choon Meng, Sebastian Debertin, Tina Sicker. FOXTEL - Disney Junior, ABC2

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION COMEDY SERIES
• A Moody Christmas. Andrew Walker. ABC1
• Danger 5. Kate Croser, Dario Russo. SBS
• Lowdown - Season 2. Nicole Minchin, Amanda Brotchie, Adam Zwar. ABC1
• Shaun Micallef's Mad As Hell. Peter Beck. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION SERIES
• Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight - Series 2. Rachel Millar, Adam Hills, Bruce Kane. ABC1
• Agony Aunts. Adam Zwar, Nicole Minchin. ABC1
• Gruen Sweat. Anita Jacoby, Andrew Denton, Jon Casimir, Debbie Cuell. ABC1
• The Hamster Wheel - Series 1. Andy Nehl. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST REALITY TELEVISION SERIES
• The Amazing Race Australia. David Gardner, Matthew Kowald. Seven Network
• MasterChef Australia - Series 4. Tim Toni. Network Ten
• My Kitchen Rules - Series 3. Matt Apps, Greg Swanborough, Evan Wilkes. Seven Network
• The Voice. Julie Ward. Nine Network

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES
• Puberty Blues. John Edwards, Imogen Banks. Network Ten
• Rake - Season 2. Ian Collie, Peter Duncan, Richard Roxburgh. ABC1
• Redfern Now. Darren Dale, Miranda Dear. ABC1
• Tangle - Season 3. John Edwards, Imogen Banks. FOXTEL - Showtime

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEFEATURE OR MINI SERIES
• Beaconsfield. John Edwards, Jane Liscombe. Nine Network
• Devil's Dust. Antonia Barnard, Stephen Corvini. ABC1
• Howzat! Kerry Packer's War. John Edwards, Mimi Butler. Nine Network
• Underground. Helen Bowden. Network Ten

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN TELEVISION
• The Amazing Race Australia - Episode 1. Michael McKay. Seven Network
• Beaconsfield. Glendyn Ivin. Nine Network
• Howzat! Kerry Packer's War - Part 1. Daina Reid. Nine Network
• Jack Irish: Bad Debts. Jeffrey Walker. ABC 1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN TELEVISION
• A Moody Christmas - Episode 5 ‘Water Under the Bridge’. Trent O'Donnell, Phil Lloyd. ABC1
• Lowdown - Season 2 - Episode 3 ‘One Fine Gay’. Amanda Brotchie, Adam Zwar, Trudy Hellier. ABC1
• Puberty Blues - Episode 5. Alice Bell, Tony McNamara. Network Ten
• Redfern Now - Episode 6 ‘Pretty Boy Blue’. Steven McGregor. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Jimi Bani. Mabo. ABC1
• Anthony Hayes. Devil's Dust. ABC1
• Lachy Hulme. Howzat! Kerry Packer's War. Nine Network
• Richard Roxburgh. Rake - Season 2. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Ashleigh Cummings. Puberty Blues. Network Ten
• Essie Davis. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. ABC1
• Susie Porter. Dangerous Remedy. ABC1
• Leah Purcell. Redfern Now - Episode 1 ‘Family’. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Luke Carroll. Redfern Now - Episode 6 ‘Pretty Boy Blue’. ABC1
• Abe Forsythe. Howzat! Kerry Packer's War - Part 1. Nine Network
• Aaron Jeffery. Underbelly Badness - Episode 3 'The Loaded Dog’. Nine Network
• Dan Wyllie. Puberty Blues - Episode 4. Network Ten

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Shareena Clanton. Redfern Now - Episode 1 ‘Family’. ABC1
• Mandy McElhinney. Howzat! Kerry Packer's War - Part 2. Nine Network
• Susan Prior. Puberty Blues - Episode 4. Network Ten
• Laura Wheelwright. Underground. Network Ten

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION COMEDY
• Patrick Brammall. A Moody Christmas. ABC1
• Barry Crocker. The Strange Calls. ABC2
• Damon Herriman. Laid - Series 2. ABC1
• Frank Woodley. Woodley. ABC1

SHORT FILM

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT ANIMATION
• The Hunter. Marieka Walsh.
• LEGO® Star Wars®: The Padawan Menace™. David Scott, Mark Thorley, Amber Naismith.
• The Maker. Christopher Kezelos, Christine Kezelos.
• Sleight of Hand. Michael Cusack, Richard Chataway ACS.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FICTION FILM
• B I N O. Billie Pleffer, Rita Walsh.
• Dumpy Goes To The Big Smoke. Mirrah Foulkes, David Michôd, Michael Cody.
• Julian. Robert Jago, Matthew Moore.
• Transmission. Zak Hilditch, Liz Kearney.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN A SHORT FILM
• B I N O. Billie Pleffer.
• Dumpy Goes To The Big Smoke. Mirrah Foulkes.
• Julian. Matthew Moore.
• Transmission. Zak Hilditch.

DOCUMENTARY

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
• A Common Purpose. Mitzi Goldman.
• The Curse Of The Gothic Symphony. Veronica Fury. ABC1
• Dr Sarmast's Music School. Beth Frey. ABC1
• Storm Surfers 3D. Ellenor Cox, Marcus Gillezeau.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY UNDER ONE HOUR
• All The Way. Anne Delaney. ABC1
• I Can Change Your Mind About Climate. Simon Nasht, Kate Hodges. ABC1
• The Man Who Jumped. Julia Redwood, Ed Punchard. SBS
• Then The Wind Changed. Jeni McMahon. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES
• Go Back To Where You Came From. Rick McPhee. SBS
• Once Upon A Time In Cabramatta. Jacob Hickey. SBS
• Singapore 1942 - End of Empire. Andrew Ogilvie, Trevor Graham, Ned Lander. SBS
• Sporting Nation. Andrea Denholm, Lavinia Riachi, John Clarke, Laura Waters. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY
• Dr Sarmast's Music School. Polly Watkins. ABC1
• Fighting Fear. Macario De Souza. FOXTEL - Movie Network
• Go Back To Where You Came From - Episode 2. Ivan O'Mahoney. SBS
• Once Upon A Time In Cabramatta - Episode 2. Bernadine Lim. SBS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A DOCUMENTARY
• Dr Sarmast's Music School. Peter Zakharov, Stephen Amis. ABC1
• Fighting Fear. Tim Bonython, Chris Bryan, Macario De Souza, Lee Kelly. FOXTEL - Movie Network
• Go Back To Where You Came From - Episode 3. Stephen Baker, Nicola Daley. SBS
• Storm Surfers 3D. David Maguire, Robert Morton, Dean Cropp, Richard Kickbush.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST EDITING IN A DOCUMENTARY
• Chateau Chunder - A Wine Revolution. Lawrie Silvestrin. ABC1
• Dr Sarmast's Music School. Tony Stevens ASE. ABC1
• Once Upon A Time In Cabramatta - Episode 1. Sam Wilson. SBS
• Storm Surfers 3D. Rodrigo Balart, Campbell Wilson.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SOUND IN A DOCUMENTARY
• Dr Sarmast's Music School. Dale Cornelius, Livia Ruzic, Keith Thomas. ABC1
• Once Upon A Time In Cabramatta - Episode 2. Christopher Elves, Chris McCallum, David White. SBS
• Paul Kelly - Stories Of Me. Paul Charlier, Ian McLoughlin, Brooke Trezise, Nick Batterham, Richard Boxhall.
• Singapore 1942 - End of Empire - Episode 1. Glenn Martin, Ric Curtin, Ash Gibson Greig, Ian Grant, Leo Sullivan, Mark Tarpey. SBS

FEATURE FILM

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM
• Burning Man. Andy Paterson, Jonathan Teplitzky.
• Lore. Karsten Stöter, Liz Watts, Paul Welsh, Benny Drechsel.
• The Sapphires. Rosemary Blight, Kylie du Fresne.
• Wish You Were Here. Angie Fielder.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION
• Burning Man. Jonathan Teplitzky.
• Lore. Cate Shortland.
• The Sapphires. Wayne Blair.
• Wish You Were Here. Kieran Darcy-Smith.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
• Burning Man. Jonathan Teplitzky.
• Mental. PJ Hogan.
• Not Suitable For Children. Michael Lucas.
• Wish You Were Here. Kieran Darcy-Smith, Felicity Price.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
• Lore. Cate Shortland, Robin Mukherjee.
• The Sapphires. Keith Thompson, Tony Briggs.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
• Burning Man. Garry Phillips ACS.
• Lore. Adam Arkapaw.
• The Sapphires. Warwick Thornton.
• Wish You Were Here. Jules O'Loughlin ACS.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST EDITING
• Burning Man. Martin Connor.
• The Sapphires. Dany Cooper ASE.
• Wish You Were Here. Jason Ballantine ASE.
• X. Cindy Clarkson.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SOUND
• Burning Man. David Lee, Andrew Plain, Gethin Creagh.
• Lore. Sam Petty, Michael Busch, Robert Mackenzie, Antony Gray, Yulia Akerholt, Brooke Trezise.
• The Sapphires. Andrew Plain, Bry Jones, Pete Smith, Ben Osmo, John Simpson.
• Swerve. Pete Smith, John Simpson, Martyn Zub, Des Kenneally.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
• 33 POSTCARDS. Antony Partos.
• A Few Best Men. Guy Gross.
• Mental. Michael Yezerski.
• Not Suitable For Children. Matteo Zingales, Jono Ma.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
• Burning Man. Steven Jones-Evans APDG.
• Killer Elite. Michelle McGahey.
• Lore. Silke Fischer.
• The Sapphires. Melinda Doring

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN
• Burning Man. Lizzy Gardiner.
• Lore. Stefanie Bieker.
• Mental. Tim Chappel.
• The Sapphires. Tess Schofield.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR
• Joel Edgerton. Wish You Were Here.
• Matthew Goode. Burning Man.
• Chris O'Dowd. The Sapphires.
• Guy Pearce. 33 POSTCARDS.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS
• Toni Collette. Mental.
• Deborah Mailman. The Sapphires.
• Felicity Price. Wish You Were Here.
• Sarah Snook. Not Suitable For Children.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
• Ryan Corr. Not Suitable For Children.
• Liev Schreiber. Mental.
• Antony Starr. Wish You Were Here.
• Gary Waddell. The King Is Dead!

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
• Essie Davis. Burning Man.
• Rebecca Gibney. Mental.
• Deborah Mailman. Mental.
• Jessica Mauboy. The Sapphires.

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**Update as at January 25, 2013**

Nicole Kidman is heading home to Sydney to join Geoffrey Rush, Russell Crowe, and Cate Blanchett at Australia’s top screen awards, broadcast on Network Ten on January 30, 2013.

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards Ceremony will mark the first time the four performers – each Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and AFI Awarded – have been in the same room at the same time. They will be joined by more than 1,000 Australian film and television performers and practitioners at The Star Event Centre, Sydney, attending the 2nd AACTA Awards - the biggest night on the industry’s calendar.

Russell Crowe was this week announced as host of the AACTA Awards Ceremony, and newly announced attendees include Ashleigh Cummings, Rob Carlton, Erik Thompson, Sarah Snook, Susie Porter, Matt Nable, Brendan Cowell, Stephen Curry, Dan Wyllie, Alex Dimitriades, Gracie Otto, Megan Gale, Brenna Harding, Sophie Lowe and Richard Roxburgh. The 2nd AACTA Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on Network Ten, Wednesday January 30 at 9:30pm.

AACTA President, Geoffrey Rush, said: “In just 18 months, the new Australian Academy has become an established and essential part of our national screen industry. An AACTA Award is the ultimate mark of peer-assessed excellence for Australian film and television performers and practitioners, and I’m delighted that Russell, Nicole and Cate, who internationally champion the Australian industry and personify the talent we produce in this country, are joining me at this year’s AACTA Awards to honour our home-grown talent and to unite our industry via the Australian Academy.”

Russell Crowe, host of the AACTA Awards Ceremony, said: “I’m honoured to host this year’s AACTA Awards – a celebration of Australian culture and screen achievement. It’s fantastic that we now have an Australian Academy, which has established an Awards presence in the States, and an Awards season to be proud of at home. I'm really looking forward to being in the same room with Geoffrey, Cate and Nicole; it will be the first time we have been together since before they made us into stamps.”

AFI | AACTA CEO, Damian Trewhella, said that the ilk of Australian talent attending this year’s AACTA Awards attests to the mark that the Academy is making in both Australia and internationally. ‘’AACTA is focused on nurturing and recognising our home-grown talent, and promoting this around the world. In doing so, we create new opportunities for our talented screen professionals, and greater reach for the fantastic Australian stories they tell on the big and small screens. The Australian Academy is building a community of members in Australia and in the U.S. in order to nurture our talent, led by our esteemed President, Geoffrey Rush, and by having our four Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and AFI awarded performers come together for the first time for the AACTA Awards shows a new-found pride in the significance of our Academy and our Awards.

**Update as at February 1, 2013**

Host Russell Crowe and Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) President, Geoffrey Rush, were tonight joined on stage by internationally acclaimed Australian actors including Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman to honour the year’s best achievements in Australian film and television at the 2nd AACTA Awards Ceremony, held at the brand new The Star Event Centre in Sydney.

It was a golden night for The Sapphires, crowning a year already filled with sparkling success. Since premiering in Cannes in May 2012, the toe-tapping musical drama about four Aboriginal girls who formed a singing group in the 1960s has garnered audience awards all over the world and box office triumph at home. Tonight saw The Sapphires take home six AACTA Awards - Best Film, Best Director (Wayne Blair), Best Lead Actress (Deborah Mailman), Best Lead Actor (Chris O’Dowd), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Mauboy) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Keith Thompson, Tony Briggs) - bringing the film’s tally to a total of 11 AACTA Awards, including those previously announced at the 2nd AACTA Awards Luncheon, presented by Deluxe, on Monday January 28.

The dramatic thriller Wish You Were Here, shot and set partly in Cambodia, won the AACTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for husband and wife creative team writer/director Kieran Darcy-Smith and writer/actress Felicity Price. Antony Starr also won Best Supporting Actor for his enigmatic performance in Wish You Were Here. The luminous young German actress, Saskia Rosendahl, received the AACTA Award for Best Young Actor for her lead performance in the stunning German language film Lore, directed by Cate Shortland. Just 17 years old at the time of filming, this was Rosendahl’s first feature film role.

A special highlight of tonight’s AACTA Awards Ceremony was the presentation of the Byron Kennedy Award to the late filmmaker, animator and artist Sarah Watt (1958 – 2011), accepted on her behalf by her son, Clem McInnes. A moving video tribute reminded audiences of the consummate skill, elegance and humour Watt brought to the screen in works like Look Both Ways, Small Treasures and My Year Without Sex. Presented by Matt Day, Watt was chosen as this year’s Byron Kennedy Award recipient “for her brave, innovative filmmaking’’ and because “without pretension, her work broke all the rules, yet her singular view connected to a wide audience by its profound emotional honesty.”

Marking another brilliant year for Australian television, the 2nd AACTA Awards Ceremony celebrated seven television programs across four networks. John Edwards and Southern Star Productions confirmed their reputation for top-notch drama, with Channel Ten’s Puberty Blues winning Best Television Drama Series and Channel Nine’s Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War winning Best Telefeature or Mini Series. Mandy McElhinney, loved by millions as ’Rhonda’ in an Australian Bali-based advertising campaign, also won Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama for her endearing performance as Kerry Packer’s long-suffering secretary, Rose Mitchell.

The ABC was a big winner too, with the groundbreaking Indigenous drama Redfern Now winning Best Screenplay in Television (Steven McGregor for Episode 6) and Leah Purcell winning Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama for her performance in Episode 1. Also at the ABC, Rake co-creator and star, Richard Roxburgh took home the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor for his performance as the lovable rogue, Cleaver Greene. Jeffrey Walker won Best Direction in Television for Jack Irish: Bad Debts, also for the ABC.

Aaron Jeffery won the AACTA award for Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama for his performance as bikie-turned-police-informant Frank O’Rourke in the Nine Network’s Underbelly Badness. In 2012 the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts introduced the new AACTA Award for Best Reality Television Series, and the first recipient of this award was announced tonight, with the exciting adventure-based contest of The Amazing Race Australia (Channel Seven) taking home the golden statuette.

The news.com.au Audience Choice Award for Most Memorable Screen Moment was also announced on the night, with a win by The Sapphires confirming the public’s love of the film, along with the industry’s. In addition to Award presentations by some of Australia’s most successful performers and practitioners, the 2nd AACTA Awards Ceremony featured some of the most popular names in Australian entertainment, including show-stopping performances by Jessica Mauboy and the cast of The Sapphires, accompanied by original members of the Indigenous girl group, and Dragon, who performed the theme song from Puberty Blues, “Are You Old Enough?”.

Speaking of the 2nd AACTA Awards Ceremony, AFI | AACTA CEO, Damian Trewhella, said: “Tonight’s celebrations are the culmination of an extraordinarily exciting year in Australian film and television, and on behalf of the Australian Academy, I congratulate all winners of the 2nd AACTA Awards announced here in Sydney over two major events this week."

LIST OF WINNERS

BYRON KENNEDY AWARD
• Sarah Watt

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ACTOR
• Saskia Rosendahl. Lore.

TELEVISION

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES
• Puberty Blues. John Edwards, Imogen Banks. Network Ten. SBS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEFEATURE OR MINI SERIES
• Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War. John Edwards, Mimi Butler. Nine Network

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN TELEVISION
• Jack Irish: Bad Debts. Jeffrey Walker. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN TELEVISION
• Redfern Now – Episode 6 ‘Pretty Boy Blue’. Steven McGregor. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Richard Roxburgh. Rake – Season 2. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Leah Purcell. Redfern Now. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Aaron Jeffery. Underbelly Badness – Episode 3 ‘The Loaded Dog’. Nine Network.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Mandy McElhinney. Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War – Part 2. Nine Network.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST REALITY TELEVISION SERIES
• The Amazing Race Australia. Michael McKay, Trent Chapman, David Gardner, Matt Kowald. Seven Network.

NEWS.COM.AU AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD FOR MOST MEMORABLE SCREEN MOMENT
• The Sapphires.

FEATURE FILM

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM
• The Sapphires. Rosemary Blight, Kylie du Fresne.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION
• The Sapphires. Wayne Blair.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
• Wish You Were Here. Kieran Darcy-Smith, Felicity Price.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
• The Sapphires. Keith Thompson, Tony Briggs.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR
• Chris O’Dowd. The Sapphires.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS
• Deborah Mailman. The Sapphires.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
• Antony Starr. Wish You Were Here.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
• Jessica Mauboy. The Sapphires.

For more information, visit

www.aacta.org