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:: Spotlight :: 6th AACTA International Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) will kick start 2017 in Los Angeles with the 6th AACTA International Awards, held at The Avalon Hollywood on Friday 6 January.

The AACTA International Awards honour screen excellence from the last year, regardless of geography, across seven categories – Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

Some of Australia’s biggest names in screen will join host Daniel MacPherson on stage to present during the Ceremony, including: AACTA Trailblazer Award recipient Isla Fisher, Ruby Rose, Julian McMahon, Alan Dale, Angus Sampson, Simon Baker, Damon Herriman and Luke Bracey. Also attending the Ceremony will be Nominees Nicole Kidman (LION), Mel Gibson (HACKSAW RIDGE), Dev Patel (LION) and Joel Edgerton (LOVING).

LA-based alt-pop trio Ocean Park Standoff (featuring Samantha Ronson, Ethan Thompson and Pete Nappi) will open the Ceremony with a performance of their debut single Good News.

The 6th AACTA International Awards will be telecast in Australia exclusively on Foxtel Arts, Foxtel’s high definition dedicated arts channel, on Sunday 8 January at 7.30pm (AEDT) followed by an encore on Arena at 9.30pm and encores the following day on Foxtel Arts.

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**Winners announced**

The Australian Academy announced the winners for the 6th AACTA International Awards, honouring the best achievements in film excellence from the past year, regardless of geography. The International Awards were a star-studded affair, with guests and Nominees attending including Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Luke Hemsworth, Kenneth Lonergan, Harvey Weinstein, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Joel Edgerton.

Ocean Park Standoff (featuring Samantha Ronson, Ethan Thompson and Pete Nappi) opened the Ceremony, which will be broadcast in Australia exclusively on Foxtel tomorrow night. Among those taking the stage at at The Avalon Hollywood were host Daniel MacPherson, and presenters Isla Fisher, Ruby Rose, Julian McMahon, Alan Dale, Radha Mitchell, Damon Herriman, Luke Bracey and Simon Baker.

Four films were awarded across the seven categories – Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actress, Best Lead Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor.

Musical LA LA LAND added another two Awards to its long list of accolades, receiving the Awards for Best Film and Best Lead Actress for Emma Stone, who is nominated for her role in the film at Sunday night’s Golden Globe Awards and the SAG Awards later this month. Mel Gibson stepped up his Oscars campaign, receiving the Award for Best Direction for HACKSAW RIDGE. The win follows an incredible run at AACTA’s domestic Awards in Sydney last month, where the film received nine Awards, including Best Direction. MANCHESTER BY THE SEA received two AACTA International Awards tonight, with director and writer Kenneth Lonergan receiving the Award for Best Screenplay, and Casey Affleck receiving the Award for Best Lead Actor. The remaining two performance Awards went to Australian film LION. Dev Patel received the Award for Best Supporting Actor, while Australian actress Nicole Kidman received the Award for Best Supporting Actress. Their performances in the film have received critical acclaim, and see both nominated for Golden Globe and SAG Awards.

AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said: “From historical biopics and dramas to a tribute to the Golden Age of musical films, it’s wonderful to see such a dynamic mix of international and Australian achievement honoured tonight – and we’re delighted to see Australian’s Nicole Kidman and Mel Gibson honoured for Australian films LION and HACKSAW RIDGE. For the past six years, the voting patterns of the Australian Academy’s international chapter have often indicated those of the SAG Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and the Oscars. I’d like to congratulate all winners and wish them every success throughout the awards season.”

Full List of Winners:

Best Film: La La Land
Best Direction: Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Best Lead Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Best Lead Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Best Supporting Actor: Dev Patel, Lion
Best Supporting Actress: Nicole Kidman, Lion

The 6th AACTA International Awards will be telecast in Australia exclusively on Foxtel Arts, Foxtel’s high definition dedicated arts channel, on Sunday 8 January at 7.30pm AEDT followed by an encore on Arena at 9.30pm AEDT and encores the following day on Foxtel Arts.