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:: Spotlight :: 6th AACTA Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The countdown to this year’s top Australian screen awards has officially commenced, with the first nominees for the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto announced. Nominees were announced in three categories – Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Short Animation and Best Short Fiction Film. Nominees for Australia’s finest film and television productions of the past year will be announced later in 2016, with winners across all categories to be announced at two major awards events in Sydney, home of the AACTA Awards, in December.

NOMINEES FOR BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
 CHASING ASYLUM. Eva Orner
 IN THE SHADOW OF THE HILL. Dan Jackson
 REMEMBERING THE MAN. Nickolas Bird ADG, Eleanor Sharpe ADG
 SNOW MONKEY. Lizzette Atkins, George Gittoes

In a strong year for Australian documentaries, this year’s nominees for Best Feature Length Documentary see emerging filmmakers vying for an AACTA Award alongside established documentary-making talent.

Oscar winner Eva Orner (TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE) today received her first AACTA Award nomination for CHASING ASYLUM – an expos√© into Australia’s offshore detention centres and policies. CHASING ASYLUM opened the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival in Melbourne earlier this year, and screened in Official Selection at Hot Docs 2016.

IN THE SHADOW OF THE HILL sees a debut into filmmaking for Dan Jackson, whose work as producer, director, editor and cinematographer captures a firsthand perspective of living inside Rio de Janeiro’s largest slum, as residents fight for justice for a local man they believe was murdered by police. It too screened in Official Selection at Hoc Docs, and at a number of other festivals, including Sydney Film Festival and the American Film Institute’s AFI Docs.

Hot off the back of HOLDING THE MAN, which received six AACTA Awards nominations last year, comes REMEMBERING THE MAN, capturing the enduring love story of Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo. This marks the fourth screen production collaboration between Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe, and a first AACTA Awards nomination for both. REMEMBERING THE MAN has received a number of national and international festival accolades to date, including Audience Awards at Adelaide Film Festival 2015 and the Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2016, where it also received the Jury Award for Best Documentary.

With a career spanning almost two decades as a producer, today marks Lizzette Atkin’s third AFI or AACTA Awards nomination. Atkins is nominated for SNOW MONKEY alongside director George Gittoes, marking Gittoes’ first AACTA Awards nomination. SNOW MONKEY provides a portrait of daily life in Jalalabad, where Gitteos draws on his art activist background to recruit gangs of war-damaged children to shoot local Pashto-style films. SNOW MONKEY arrives at the AACTA Awards following Official Selection at last year’s Melbourne International Film Festival and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

NOMINEES FOR THE AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT ANIMATION
 THE ALBATROSS. Joel Best, Alex Jeremy, Alex Karonis
 THE CROSSING. Marieka Walsh, Donna Chang
 FEMME ENFANT. Bonnie Forsyth, Grace Lim
 OSCAR WILDE’S ‘THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE’. Angie Fielder, Brendan Fletcher, Del Kathryn Barton

Competition within the Best Short Animation category sees recent University graduates competing alongside past AACTA Award nominees and winners.

Two of the short animation films nominated - THE ALBATROSS and FEMME ENFANT - were made by 2015 University of Technology Sydney animation honours graduates.

THE ALBATROSS marks a directorial debut by Joel Best, Alex Jeremy and Alex Karonis. It captures a struggling writer's solitary fishing trip, which is interrupted by a strange creature from the bottom of a whisky bottle. The short animation continues on an impressive festival run; following Official Selection in Animafest, Zagreb, last year, THE ALBATROSS was a finalist in this year’s Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films at the Sydney Film Festival, and received Official Selection at this year’s Melbourne International Animation Festival.

Fellow UTS graduates Bonnie Forsyth and Grace Lim tell the story of a barren artist, Frida, inspired by the story of Frida Kahlo and the female surrealists of the early 20th Century in FEMME ENFANT, again marking impressive debuts by emerging filmmakers.

THE CROSSING sees a nomination for writer-director-animator Marieka Walsh, who won the AACTA Award for Best Short Animation in 2013 for THE HUNTER. A stop-motion animation created out of salt and sand, THE CROSSING tells the story of a sea captain who risks the lives of his men when he decides to change course, taking his ship through a violent storm with haunting consequences. THE CROSSING screened at Annecy Animation Festival 2016 (France) and was recently awarded the Yoram Gross Animation Award at the Sydney Film Festival. Walsh also holds two AACTA Award nominations for THE TURNING, for which THE CROSSING producer, Donna Chang, was also nominated.

Rounding out the Best Short Animation nominees is OSCAR WILDE’S ‘THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE’, which sees two-time Archibald Prize winner and debut filmmaker, Del Kathryn Barton, nominated alongside past AACTA Award nominees Brendan Fletcher (MAD BASTARDS and KULLI FOOT) and Angie Fielder (WISH YOU WERE HERE). Based on the classic fairytale by Oscar Wilde, this short animation is voiced by some of Australia's leading performers, including Geoffrey Rush, Mia Wasikowska and David Wenham, and comes to the AACTA Awards with a Best Australian Short Film win from last year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) and a Crystal Bear nomination from the Berlin International Film Festival.

NOMINEES FOR THE AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FICTION FILM
 BLUEY. Darlene Johnson ADG, Heather Oxenham SPA
 DREAM BABY. Lucy Gaffy, Kiki Dillon
 HOMEBODIES. Yianni Warnock, Charles Williams
 NATHAN LOVES RICKY MARTIN. Steven Arriagada, Llewellyn Michael Bates, Bryan Chau

This year sees first-time AFI or AACTA Award nominations for all but one of the filmmakers nominated for Best Short Fiction Film, with DREAM BABY writer-director Lucy Gaffy having previously received a nomination for THE LOVE SONG OF ISKRA PRUFROCK. BLUEY, starring Tasia Zalar (THE STRAITS, WENTWORH PRISON), is a moving portrait of a young woman trapped in a cycle of violence, but whose meeting with a mentor through a young offenders’ rehabilitation program could change everything. Directed by Darlene Johnson, BLUEY has had an impressive national and international festival run, counting among its wins the Event Cinemas Australian Short Screenplay Award at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival, and an award for Best Australian Short Film at the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival 2016.

DREAM BABY captures the story of Elvis, a young girl trapped in a remote caravan park who hatches a plan to sell soft drink to fund her way into a posh boarding school in the city – until her Mum finds out. DREAM BABY, by writer-director Lucy Gaffy, will screen at this year’s MIFF. HOMEBODIES, which sees a woman engage with a perverted stranger online, and a man take a bath wrapped in Christmas lights, received a nomination at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, marking a second consecutive nomination at the Festival for writer-director-producer, Yianni Warnock. HOMEBODIES premiered at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and arrives following an international festivals circuit run which included TIFF.

A finalist for the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films at the Sydney Film Festival last month, NATHAN LOVES RICKY MARTIN sees a first time AACTA Award nomination for producer-director Steven Arriagada and producers Llewellyn Michael Bates and Bryan Chau. This short fiction film tells the story of a ruse by Pauline - a full-time mother and carer for her mentally and developmentally disabled adult son, Nathan - to form a meaningful connection with the man next door. Nominees in all categories announced today will screen during the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto Official Screenings Program. The Program screens throughout August and September at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction in Sydney and Cinema Nova in Melbourne, and online via AACTA TV. Also screening will be the majority of the Feature Films In Competition, which will be announced in August.

The Screenings Program is exclusive to and complimentary for AFI members (open to all) and AACTA members (open to industry).

AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella congratulated today’s nominees and encouraged screen fans to unite with the screen industry and the filmmakers competing in this year’s Awards by attending the Official Screenings Program, “Our Official Screenings Program is an open invitation to see Australia’s finest screen productions of the year. Each year our short film nominees in particular highlight the talents of new and emerging filmmakers, and this year is no exception, with a number of nominees straight out of University. Australian documentary makers are among the world’s best and often most fearless. This year sees a first-time filmmaker, Dan Jackson, live in Brazil’s largest slum for over year, at times risking his life. Fellow documentary maker George Gittoes captures the lives of war-damaged children living in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad, and Eva Orner ventures into the challenging terrain of detention centres. Audiences at home and abroad continue to show high demand for Australian and global stories as told via documentaries, and REMEMBERING THE MAN is no exception, providing a new perspective on the enduring love story captured by last year’s hugely popular feature film, AACTA Award nominated HOLDING THE MAN. AACTA proudly makes these outstanding productions accessible to Australian audiences wherever they are via four weeks of in-cinema screenings in Sydney and Melbourne, and online via AACTA TV which can be viewed anytime, anywhere. The Official Screenings Program compliments our year-round Screen Culture & Industry Development Program, which since launching in 2014 has already seen more than 11,000 general public and industry members attend more than 160 events, screenings, masterclasses and Q&As with cast and crew in Sydney and Melbourne. On behalf of AACTA, I congratulate all nominees announced today, and look forward to a robust competition as the countdown to the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto in Sydney officially begins,”

The AACTA Awards are proudly supported by the New South Wales Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

COUNTDOWN TO COMPETITION AND FURTHER NOMINEE ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE 6TH AACTA AWARDS PRESENTED BY PRESTO

Feature Films In Competition will be announced in mid-August 2016. The program for the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto Official Screenings Program will also be announced at that time. All remaining Documentary nominees and all Feature Film and Television nominees will be announced later in 2016.

COUNTDOWN TO THE AACTA AWARDS | SYDNEY

The Australian Academy celebrates screen excellence throughout the year culminating in three major Awards events each year. The 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto | Industry Luncheon presented by Blue Post will be held on Monday 5 December at The Star Event Centre in Sydney. The 6th AACTA Awards Ceremony presented by Presto will be held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney on Wednesday 7 December and televised on Channel Seven, with a special encore screening on Foxtel. The 6th AACTA International Awards will be presented in Los Angeles in January 2017, and will again be telecast on Foxtel, with more information to follow later in 2016.

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***Update as at September 1, 2016**8

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) announced the Feature Films in Competition for this year’s AACTA Awards - Australia’s highest screen acknowledgement. AACTA also launched the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto | Official Screenings Program, a four-
week program that brings Australia’s leading screen professionals together with screen fans to watch, discuss and judge the Feature Films in Competition, and the nominees in the Short Film and Feature Length Documentary categories.

A total of 24 Feature Films will compete for the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto: A FEW LESS MEN, A MONTH OF SUNDAYS, BEAST, BOYS IN THE TREES, DOWN UNDER, EARLY WINTER, EMBEDDED, GIRL ASLEEP, GODS OF EGYPT, GOLDSTONE, HACKSAW RIDGE, JOE CINQUE’S CONSOLATION, LOOKING FOR GRACE, PAWNO, RED BILLABONG, SCARE CAMPAIGN, SPEAR, SPIN OUT, SPIRIT OF THE GAME, SUCKER, TANNA, THE DAUGHTER, THE MENKOFF METHOD, and WYRMWOOD: ROAD OF THE DEAD.

The screenings offer AFI and AACTA members the opportunity to see the finest Australian films of the last 12 months, including films which have not yet been released – A FEW LESS MEN, BEAST, BOYS IN THE TREES, JOE CINQUE’S CONSOLATION and HACKSAW RIDGE.

A LOOK AT THE FEATURE FILMS IN COMPETITION

This year’s mix of Feature Films in Competition reflects a strong year in Australian filmmaking, particularly for women in film with 19 female producers vying for an Award, up from nine last year. These include past AFI and AACTA Award winners Jan Chapman (THE DAUGHTER) and Julie Ryan (SCARE CAMPAIGN). There are also two female composers, a field that is generally dominated by men, in competition this year: Amy Bastow (EARLY WINTER) and AFI Award winner Elizabeth Drake (LOOKING FOR GRACE).

It is also exciting to see some of our top home-grown film actors returning to Australian screens, including Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Miranda Otto and Anna Torv (THE DAUGHTER), Aaron Pedersen, David Wenham and Jacki Weaver (GOLDSTONE), Radha Mitchell and Richard Roxburgh (LOOKING FOR GRACE) and Oscar winner Mel Gibson’s HACKSAW RIDGE, with Sam Worthington, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving and Rachael Griffiths.

“A highlight of each AACTA Awards season is the wide-ranging showcase of the latest Australian filmmakers and performers competing alongside industry luminaries,” said AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella. “The feature films in competition showcase an extensive rostrum of exciting new talent, with directorial debuts for almost half of the competing directors. These include Rosemary Myers who arrives at this year’s Awards with international festival hit Girl Asleep (Winner Grand Jury Prize Seattle Film Festival), and Nicholas Verso, who just two years ago received the AACTA Award for Best Short Fiction Film, with his feature film debut Boys in the Trees – a career path we’re delighted to see and help support. These emerging directors are competing alongside past AFI and AACTA Best Director nominees and winners including Sue Brooks (Looking For Grace), Ivan Sen (Goldstone), Matthew Saville (A Month Of Sundays) and Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge). There’s also been a reemergence of world class Australian feature documentaries in the last 18 months that are finding an audience in local cinemas as well as gaining international attention. We are presenting the four finalists in the Feature Length Documentary category as part of the Official Screenings Program, including Sydney Film Festival winner In the Shadow of the Hill, Adelaide Film Festival winner Remembering the Man, George Gittoes’ critically acclaimed Snow Monkey and Australian Oscar-winning documentarian Eva Orner’s Chasing Asylum. It’s the most competitive line up of nominees that we’ve had in many years, and is a very encouraging sign for our local documentary industry. It’s an exciting time for Australian film, with several highly anticipated releases scheduled for later this year, including Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge,” Trewhella added. “I encourage everyone to join AFI/AACTA in time to attend this fantastic showcase of new Australian films that we present each year to our members.".

Voting will take place following the Official Screenings Program, with the remaining nominees for the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto scheduled to be announced in October 2016. The AACTA Awards are proudly supported by the New South Wales Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCEMENT

Feature Film nominees, Television nominees and remaining Documentary nominees will be announced in October 2016. Short Film nominees and Feature Length Documentary nominees for the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto were announced in July 2016.

COUNTDOWN TO THE AACTA AWARDS | SYDNEY 2016

Winners will be announced in Sydney, home of the AACTA Awards, at the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto | Industry Luncheon presented by Blue Post on Monday 5 December 2016 and at the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto | Ceremony & After Party on Wednesday 7 December 2016.

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**Update as at September 6, 2016**

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) announced that an additional four feature films will be in competition for the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto: BACKTRACK, BROKE, DOWNRIVER and TEENAGE KICKS.

The additions make this a record year for AACTA, with a total of 28 feature films competing for this year’s AACTA Awards – Australia’s highest screen acknowledgement.

“It’s wonderful to see such engagement from the Australian screen industry this year,” said AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella. “We’ve recently broken a number of records, with more films entering for pre-selection than ever before, and the most Feature Films in Competition we’ve seen in AACTA’s history.”

In consultation with the screen industry and the Feature Films Pre-Selection Judging Panel, AACTA have broadened the selection of Feature Films in Competition to reflect the record volume of entries received for pre-selection (an increase from 9 in 2015 to 17 in 2016).

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**Update as at November 22, 2016**

In the lead up to Australia’s biggest film and television Awards, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has announced that iconic UK pop group Culture Club will be performing at the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel, alongside Australian artists Paul Kelly, Jessica Mauboy and Dami Im like you’ve never seen her before.

Culture Club’s performance at the Awards Ceremony will be their only televised performance and will feature the original band line up: singer Boy George, guitarist and keyboardist Roy Hay, bassist Mikey Craig and drummer Jon Moss. Culture Club are returning to Australia for an Encore Tour in mid-
December, which will see them perform in some capital cities and several winery shows. Australia’s love affair with Culture Club continues and their June tour saw them sell out shows and perform to rave reviews.

Boy George said he was “Thrilled to be coming back to Australia and to be performing at Australia’s biggest celebration of film and television.” The Grammy Award winning group will bring their own unique style and performance to the AACTA Awards. Selling more than 150 million records worldwide, with multiple worldwide number one singles including Do You Really Want to Hurt Me and the BRIT Award-winning Karma Chameleon, Culture Club are one of the true icons of the world music scene.

ARIA Award winning actress and Sony Music recording artist Jessica Mauboy will return to perform at the AACTAs four years since her show-stopping performance at the 2nd AACTA Awards, where she also won the AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in THE SAPPHIRES. Jessica currently stars in THE SECRET DAUGHTER on Channel 7, which was recently picked up for a second season which will air in 2017. The soundtrack to the series is this year’s ARIA longest running Number One album.

Following her success at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, Dami Im will perform live on stage for the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel in a tribute to the 20th anniversary of AFI, Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winning Australian film, SHINE. The classically trained pianist has achieved great success since winning X Factor Australia in 2013, including three ARIA top ten albums and multiple nominations for the World Music Awards and Channel [V] Awards.

“I’m thrilled to be performing at the 6th AACTA Awards and honouring David Helfgott and Shine’s 20th anniversary,” said Dami. “It’s such an iconic Australian film and I am excited to be a part of the celebration.”

Australian music luminaries, Paul Kelly and Charlie Owen, will take the stage together for a special performance during the Ceremony’s ‘In Memoriam’ segment. The duo recently collaborated and released a collection of funeral songs on an album titled Death’s Dateless Night.

The 6th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel will be held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney on Wednesday 7 December, televised on Channel 7 with an encore screening on Foxtel.

Tickets to see Culture Club, Jessica Mauboy, Dami Im and Paul Kelly at the Ceremony are on sale now from $99 and available here

The AACTA Awards are proudly supported by the New South Wales Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

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**Winners announced**

Australia’s top screen achievements were recognised at the 6th AACTA Awards Ceremony presented by Foxtel, held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney. The Australian screen industry came together to honour the industry’s achievements, with a total of twenty Awards presented, following the thirty-three Awards announced at the recent Industry Luncheon presented by Blue Post.

Some of Australia’s top film and television stars took to the stage to present Awards, including AACTA President Geoffrey Rush, Rose Byrne, Dr George Miller, Jessica Mauboy, Stephen Curry, Marta Dusseldorp, Jessica Marais, and Culture Club’s Boy George.

Among the show’s highlights were the presentation of the AACTA Longford Lyell Award to Paul Hogan AM and the AACTA Trailblazer Award to Isla Fisher. In addition to the presentation of the Awards, the evening’s musical performances were outstanding, including iconic UK pop group Culture Club, who performed a medley of their greatest hits.

The Ceremony opened with a performance of Tainted Love from Jessica Mauboy, and Dami Im showed off her classical piano skills during a tribute for the 20th anniversary of Australian film Shine. Paul Kelly gave a moving performance to accompany the ‘In Memoriam’ segment of the Ceremony alongside his daughters, Madeline and Memphis, and Charlie Owen.

FEATURE FILM AND DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

HACKSAW RIDGE followed an impressive four Awards at Monday’s Industry Luncheon with a further five Awards including: Best Film presented by Foxtel and Best Original Screenplay (awarded to Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan). Mel Gibson received the AACTA Award for Best Direction, fourteen years after receiving his last AFI or AACTA accolade, the AFI Global Achievement Award, and twenty years since receiving the Best Direction Oscar for BRAVEHEART.

Receiving Awards for their performances in HACKSAW RIDGE were Andrew Garfield, for Best Lead Actor, and Hugo Weaving, receiving the AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for the second year in a row.

THE DAUGHTER scooped up the remaining two performance Awards, totaling three Awards for the 6th AACTA Awards season. Miranda Otto received her first AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actress, following five previous AFI Award nominations. Odessa Young received the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress at just eighteen, making her the youngest of the seven actresses to win the Award for their Feature Film debut.

Oscar and Emmy Award winner Eva Orner’s powerful documentary, CHASING ASYLUM, received the AACTA Award for Best Feature Length Documentary.

TELEVISION AWARDS

Elizabeth Debicki and Samuel Johnson both won their second AFI or AACTA Awards tonight, receiving the AACTA Awards for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama for THE KETTERING INCIDENT (Foxtel, Showcase) and Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama for MOLLY (Seven Network), respectively.

THE KETTERING INCIDENT (Foxtel, Showcase) also received the AACTA Award for Best Telefeature or Mini Series, while the hugely popular WENTWORTH (Foxtel, SoHo) received the AACTA Award for Best Television Drama Series.

In the comedy category, ABC’s UPPER MIDDLE BOGAN earned its first AACTA Award for Best Television Comedy Series. Also receiving their first Awards were Sarah Scheller and Alison Bell, who received the AACTA Award for Best Screenplay in Television for ABC COMEDY SHOWROOM – THE LETDOWN (ABC). Having received its fifth consecutive nomination, MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA (Network Ten) scooped up the AACTA Award for Best Reality Television Series for the second year in a row. GRUEN (ABC) received the AACTA Award for Best Light Entertainment Television Series, while DESTINATION FLAVOUR SCANDINAVIA (SBS) received the inaugural AACTA Award for Best Lifestyle Television Program.

AACTA LONGFORD LYELL AWARD

A Ceremony highlight was the presentation of Australia’s highest screen accolade, the AACTA Longford Lyell Award, to Paul Hogan AM. Among Paul’s screen credits, which span four decades, are: the iconic CROCODILE DUNDEE, for which he received Oscar and BAFTA nominations, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy; THE PAUL HOGAN SHOW, which saw him win two Logie Awards for Best Comedy Performer; and his true-blue Australian advertisements, including the Australian Tourism ad which spawned the catchphrase “throw another shrimp on the barbie”. The Award was presented to Paul by Shane Jacobson, with touching tributes from Michael Caton, Ernie Dingo, Delvene Delaney, John Brown, Peter Faiman, Adam Hills and Dave Hughes, among others.

AACTA TRAILBLAZER AWARD

Recognising the achievements of screen practitioners who inspire others with their portfolio of work, the AACTA Trailblazer Award was presented to Isla Fisher, who attended the Ceremony with her husband Sacha Baron Cohen. An AACTA Award and Logie nominated actress, and self-described ‘comic-actress’, Isla is a strong advocate for comedic roles for women in Hollywood and is also an acclaimed dramatic actress and successful author.

BYRON KENNEDY AWARD

Acclaimed artist and director, Lynette Wallworth was the recipient of the Byron Kennedy Award, which celebrates outstanding creative enterprise within the screen industry and includes a $10,000 prize. Known for her innovative use of virtual reality, Lynette’s career spans the globe, masterfully moving across continents and uniting international audiences.

AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said: “The AACTA Awards play an important role in promoting Australian screen practitioners and performers to both our international industry peers and audiences here at home, and tonight’s Awards recognise their outstanding achievements. Their skill, passion and commitment continues to put Australia on the world map for film and television excellence. On behalf of the Australian Academy, I congratulate all recipients awarded tonight, in particular our three talented individual Award recipients; Paul Hogan AM, Isla Fisher and Lynette Wallworth. Tonight’s results will help drive sales and awareness for awarded productions, and will see exciting new chapters in the careers of Nominees and Award recipients.”

LIST OF WINNERS

AACTA LONGFORD LYELL AWARD
• Paul Hogan AM

AACTA TRAILBLAZER AWARD
• Isla Fisher

BYRON KENNEDY AWARD
• Lynette Wallworth

TELEVISION

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES
• Wentworth Pino Amenta ADG, Jo Porter S.P.A – Foxtel/SoHo

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEFEATURE OR MINI SERIES
• The Kettering Incident Vincent Sheehan, Victoria Madden, Andrew Walker – Foxtel/Showcase

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION COMEDY SERIES
• Upper Middle Bogan Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope, Ben Grogan – ABC

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION SERIES
• Gruen Wil Anderson, Polly Connolly, Nick Murray, Jon Casimir, Richard Huddleston – ABC

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LIFESTYLE TELEVISION PROGRAM
• Destination Flavour Scandinavia Erik Dwyer, Rachel Hardie – SBS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST REALITY TELEVISION SERIES
• Masterchef Australia Marty Benson, Tim Toni, Rob Wallace – Network Ten

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Samuel Johnson Molly – Seven Network

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Elizabeth Debicki The Kettering Incident – Foxtel/Showcase

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION COMEDY
• Patrick Brammall No Activity – Stan

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Damon Herriman Secret City Episode 1 – A Donation to the Struggle – Foxtel/Showcase

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Celia Pacquola The Beautiful Lie Episode 3 – ABC

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A TELEVISION DRAMA OR COMEDY
• Rake Episode 8 Peter Duncan ADG – ABC

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A TELEVISION LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT, LIFESTYLE OR REALITY SERIES
• The Recruit Episode 2 Michael Venables – Foxtel/Fox8

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN TELEVISION
• ABC COMEDY SHOWROOM – The Letdown Sarah Scheller, Alison Bell – ABC

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN TELEVISION
• Wolf Creek Episode 3 – Salt Lake Geoffrey Hall ACS – Stan

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST EDITING IN TELEVISION
• Wentworth Episode 3 – Prisoner Ben Joss – Foxtel/SoHo

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SOUND IN TELEVISION
• Rake Episode 7 Guntis Sics ASSG, Michol Marsh, Peter Hall, Olivia Monteith – ABC

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE IN TELEVISION
• The Kettering Incident Episode 1 Matteo Zingales, Max Lyandvert – Foxtel/Showcase

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION
• Mary: The Making of a Princess Sam Rickard – Network Ten

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN IN TELEVISION
• Molly Part 1 Edie Kurzer – Seven Network

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN’S TELEVISION SERIES
• Beat Bugs Josh Wakely, Jennifer Twiner McCarron – 7Two

FEATURE FILM

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM PRESENTED BY FOXTEL
• Hacksaw Ridge Bill Mechanic, David Permut, Paul Currie, Bruce Davey

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION
• Hacksaw Ridge Mel Gibson

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR
• Andrew Garfield Hacksaw Ridge

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS
• Odessa Young The Daughter

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
• Hugo Weaving Hacksaw Ridge

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
• Miranda Otto The Daughter

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
• Hacksaw Ridge Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
• The Daughter Simon Stone

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
• Hacksaw Ridge Simon Duggan ACS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST EDITING
• Hacksaw Ridge John Gilbert

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SOUND
• Hacksaw Ridge Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O’Connell, Mario Vaccaro, Tara Webb, Peter Grace ASSG

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
• Tanna Antony Partos AGSC

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
• Hacksaw Ridge Barry Robison

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN
• Girl Asleep Jonathon Oxlade

DOCUMENTARY

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
• Chasing Asylum Eva Orner

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY TELEVISION PROGRAM
• Hitting Home Nial Fulton, Sarah Ferguson, Ivan O’Mahoney – ABC

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY
• Hanson: Please Explain Anna Broinowski – SBS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A DOCUMENTARY
• In The Shadow of The Hill Dan Jackson

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST EDITING IN A DOCUMENTARY
• In The Shadow of The Hill Steven Robinson ASE, Dan Jackson

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SOUND IN A DOCUMENTARY
• Highly Strung James Currie, Pete Smith, Tom Heuzenroeder ASSG

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE IN A DOCUMENTARY
• Monsieur Mayonnaise Cezary Skubiszewski AGSC

SHORT FILMS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT ANIMATION
• Oscar Wilde’s “The Nightingale and the Rose” Angie Fielder, Brendan Fletcher, Del Kathryn Barton

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FICTION FILM
• Dream Baby Lucy Gaffy, Kiki Dillon

SUBSCRIPTION TELEVISION

AACTA SUBSCRIPTION TELEVISION AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE PRESENTER
• Maggie Beer Great Australian Bake Off – Foxtel/Lifestyle Food

AACTA SUBSCRIPTION TELEVISION AWARD FOR BEST MALE PRESENTER
• Stan Grant Crimes That Shook Australia – Foxtel/Crime+Investigation

AACTA SUBSCRIPTION TELEVISION AWARD FOR BEST LIVE EVENT PRODUCTION
• 2015/16 HYUNDAI A-LEAGUE ADELAIDE UNITED V WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS Murray Shaw, Geoff Bullock – Foxtel/Fox Sports

AACTA SUBSCRIPTION TELEVISION AWARD FOR BEST NEW TALENT
• James Rochford Not the NRL News – Foxtel/Fox Sports

VISUAL EFFECTS OR ANIMATION

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST VISUAL EFFECTS OR ANIMATION
• Game of Thrones – Battles of the Bastards Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Glenn Melenhorst, Ineke Majoor – Foxtel/Showcase

HAIR AND MAKEUP

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP
• Cleverman Kath Brown, Simon Joseph, Troy Follington – ABC