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:: Spotlight :: 2006 L'Oreal Paris AFI Awards

By: Carmine Pascuzzi; photos by Matt Deller

The Australian Film Institute announced recently that it has entered into a landmark partnership for the AFI Awards with a three-year funding arrangement with the Victorian Government. This continued commitment ensures that the AFI Awards will take place in Melbourne until at least the prestigious 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2008.

After commencing a very successful association with the AFI Awards last year, L'Oréal Paris has again come on board as principal naming rights sponsor and the Nine Network has committed to broadcasting the 2006 event nationally in prime time.

The L'Oréal Paris 2006 AFI Industry Awards will take place on Wednesday, December 6. This gala evening focuses the spotlight on filmmakers and celebrates their achievements behind the screen in the filmmaking process.

The L'Oréal Paris 2006 AFI Awards will take place on Thursday, December 7. This event, including highlights of the red carpet and the industry awards, will be televised nationally on the Nine Network 9.30pm that night.

The Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre will be the venue for both evenings. This enormous exhibition space will be transformed into a glamorous and intimate setting for the night. The AFI has appointed Dainty Consolidated Entertainment (DCE) to produce both the Industry and Awards events.

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**2006 AFI Awards nominations announced**

The Australian Film Institute (AFI) has revealed the nominations for the L’Oréal Paris 2006 AFI Awards. Producer Robert Connolly, actress Justine Clarke and actor Richard Roxburgh announced the nominees for all categories.

The event was introduced by new AFI CEO James Hewison, who said of the nominees; “There's no doubt 2006 has been a remarkable year of production in local film and TV. A year that we should all feel proud of: proud of the nominees of course, but also for ALL those working tremendously hard, with great skill and passion to make an imprint with audiences both here and internationally. There's also no doubt that this love affair will continue beyond this year.”

The diversity of nominations in all awards categories highlights the strength of the entrants this year. It promises for two thrilling nights on December 6 & 7 as we celebrate the 2006 achievements in Australian film and television.

The L’Oréal Paris 2006 AFI Awards Nominees

L’Oréal Paris AFI Young Actor Award
Frank Sweet – 2:37
Marny Kennedy – Mortified (Nine Network)
Christian Byers – Opal Dream
Mia Wasikowska – Suburban Mayhem

NON-FEATURE NOMINEES

AFI Award for Best Documentary
Hunt Angels – Sue Maslin
Raul the Terrible – Carlos Alperin
Vietnam Nurses – Beth Frey & Lizzette Atkins
Welcome 2 My Deaf World – Sally Ingleton

AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary
Hunt Angels – Alec Morgan
Raul the Terrible – David Bradbury
Unfolding Florence – The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst – Gillian Armstrong
Vietnam Nurses – Polly Watkins

AFI Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary
He’s Coming South – Steve Williams
Hunt Angels – Jackie Farkas
Penicillin: The Magic Bullet – Jaems Grant
Transit – Anthony Davison

AFI Award for Best Editing in a Documentary
The Archive Project – Uri Mizrahi
The Black Road – Lawrie Silvestrin
Raul the Terrible – Stewart Young ASE
Vietnam Nurses – Tony Stevens

AFI Award for Best Sound in a Documentary
The Archive Project – Martin Friedel, Andrew Plain, Keith Thomas & Emma Bortignon
Rampage – Nick Meyers
Unfolding Florence – The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst – Annie Breslin, Gethin Creagh, Paul Finlay & Paul Grabowsky
Vietnam Nurses – Livia Ruzic, Mark Tarpey, Keith Thomas & John Willsteed

AFI Award for Best Short Animation
The Astronomer – Kate McCartney
Carnivore Reflux – Eddie White & James Calvert
Gargoyle – Michael Cusack
The Safe House – Lee Whitmore

AFI Award for Best Short Fiction Film
The 9:13 - Matthew Phipps
The Desert - Glendyn Ivin
Small Boxes - Rene Hernandez
Stranded - Stuart McDonald

AFI Award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film
A Natural Talent – Louise Fox
Paper and Sand – Matt Rubinstein & Ian Kennedy Williams
The Safe House – Lee Whitmore
Stranded – Kathleen O’Brien

AFI Award for Outstanding Achievement in Short Film Screen Craft
Adam Arkapaw (Cinematography) – End of Town
JoAnne Bouzianis-Sellick & Greg Sweeney (Production Design) – Gargoyle
Skye Wansey (Acting) – A Natural Talent
Emma Lung (Acting) – Stranded

FEATURE FILM NOMINEES

L’Oréal Paris AFI Award for Best Film
Candy – Margaret Fink & Emile Sherman
Jindabyne – April Films & Catherine Jarman
Kenny – Clayton Jacobson & Rohan Timlock
Ten Canoes – Julie Ryan & Rolf de Heer

AFI Award for Best Direction
Jindabyne – Ray Lawrence
Kenny – Clayton Jacobson
Suburban Mayhem – Paul Goldman
Ten Canoes – Rolf de Heer & Peter Djigirr

AFI Award for Best Original Screenplay
2:37 – Murali K. Thalluri
Kenny – Shane Jacobson & Clayton Jacobson
Suburban Mayhem – Alice Bell
Ten Canoes – Rolf de Heer

AFI Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
The Book of Revelation - Ana Kokkinos & Andrew Bovell
Candy – Luke Davies & Neil Armfield
Jindabyne – Beatrix Christian
Last Train to Freo – Reg Cribb

AFI Award for Best Cinematography
Jindabyne – David Williamson
Macbeth – Will Gibson
Suburban Mayhem – Robert Humphreys ACS
Ten Canoes – Ian Jones ACS

AFI Award for Best Editing
Candy – Dany Cooper ASE
Kenny – Clayton Jacobson & Sean Lander
Suburban Mayhem – Stephen Evans
Ten Canoes – Tania Nehme

AFI Award for Best Sound
Jindabyne – Andrew Plain, Peter Grace, Nada Mikis, Peter Miller, Linda Murdoch & Robert Sullivan
Macbeth – Frank Lipson & John Wilkinson
Suburban Mayhem – Liam Egan, Phil Judd & Steven Jackson-Vaughan
Ten Canoes – James Currie, Tom Heuzenroeder, Michael Bakaloff & Rory McGregor

AFI Award for Best Original Music Score
The Book of Revelation – Cezary Skubiszewski
Jindabyne – Paul Kelly & Dan Luscombe
Macbeth – John Clifford White
Suburban Mayhem – Mick Harvey

AFI Award for Best Production Design
Candy – Robert Cousins
Macbeth – David McKay
Suburban Mayhem – Nell Hanson
Ten Canoes – Beverley Freeman

AFI Award for Best Costume Design
The Book of Revelation – Anna Borghesi
Kokoda – Phill Eagles
Macbeth – Jane Johnston
Suburban Mayhem – Melinda Doring

AFI Award for Best Lead Actor
Heath Ledger – Candy
Gabriel Byrne – Jindabyne
Shane Jacobson – Kenny
Steve Le Marquand – Last Train to Freo

AFI Award for Best Lead Actress
Teresa Palmer – 2:37
Abbie Cornish – Candy
Laura Linney – Jindabyne
Emily Barclay – Suburban Mayhem

AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor
Geoffrey Rush – Candy
Ronald Jacobson – Kenny
Tom Budge – Last Train to Freo
Anthony Hayes – Suburban Mayhem

AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress
Noni Hazlehurst – Candy
Susie Porter – The Caterpillar Wish
Deborra-lee Furness – Jindabyne
Genevieve Lemon – Suburban Mayhem

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**Winners Announced**

A star-studded line up attended the AFI Awards ceremony in Melbourne's Exhibition Centre. Amongst them were Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana, and Abbie Cornish. England's Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the Harry Potter series, was a special international guest.

The event was held over two nights and the second night gained great television exposure, being shown on the Nine Network at 9.30pm, thereby allowing a larger viewing audience than ever before. From speaking to the Nine Network's CEO Eddie McGuire, it looks as though they are committed to supporting the event through this rebuilding process. With the event production by Dainty Consolidated Enterprises, a good platform has been built for progressing the AFIs to a situation where I believe, and which was suggested by Geoffrey Rush, that the awards should eventually move in line with the US Awards season. One day we hope to see the AFI's stand alongside the BAFTA's in between the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.

It was good to catch up with the likes of Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, the Jacobson Brothers, Emily Barclay, and the stars of the under-rated film 2:37, Frank Sweet and Teresa Palmer. All guests were very accommodating to the media and the fans on the red carpet.

Here is the complete list of winners.

FEATURE FILM

L'Oréal Paris AFI Award for Best Film - Ten Canoes - Julie Ryan & Rolf de Heer

AFI Award for Best Lead Actor - Shane Jacobson - Kenny

AFI Award for Best Lead Actress - Emily Barclay - Suburban Mayhem

AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor - Anthony Hayes - Suburban Mayhem

AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress - Susie Porter - The Caterpillar Wish

AFI Award for Best Direction - Ten Canoes - Rolf de Heer & Peter Djigirr

AFI Award for Best Original Screenplay - Ten Canoes - Rolf de Heer

AFI Award for Best Adapted Screenplay - Candy - Luke Davies & Neil Armfield

AFI Award for Best Cinematography - Ten Canoes - Ian Jones ACS

AFI Award for Best Editing - Ten Canoes - Tania Nehme

AFI Award for Best Sound - Ten Canoes - James Currie, Tom Heuzenroeder, Michael Bakaloff & Rory McGregor

AFI Award for Best Original Music Score - Suburban Mayhem - Mick Harvey

AFI Award for Best Production Design - Macbeth - David McKay

AFI Award for Best Costume Design - Macbeth - Jane Johnston

AFI International Award for Best Actor - Heath Ledger - Brokeback Mountain

AFI International Award for Best Actress - Rachel Griffiths - Six Feet Under (Nine Network)

AFI International Award for Excellence in Filmmaking - Dion Beebe ACS (Cinematography) - Memoirs of a Geisha

L'Oréal Paris AFI Young Actor Award - Marny Kennedy - Mortified (Nine Network)

AFI Visual Effects Award - Hunt Angels - Rose Draper & Mike Seymour

Byron Kennedy Award - Rolf de Heer

AFI Longford Life Achievement Award - Ian Jones

NON-FEATURE

AFI Award for Best Documentary - Hunt Angels - Sue Maslin

AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary - Raul the Terrible - David Bradbury

AFI Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary - Hunt Angels - Jackie Farkas

AFI Award for Best Editing in a Documentary - Raul the Terrible - Stewart Young ASE

AFI Award for Best Sound in a Documentary - Vietnam Nurses - Livia Ruzic, Mark Tarpey, Keith Thomas & John Willsteed

AFI Award for Best Short Animation - Gargoyle - Michael Cusack

AFI Award for Best Short Fiction Film - Stranded - Stuart McDonald

AFI Award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film - Stranded - Kathleen O'Brien

AFI Award for Outstanding Achievement in Short Film Screen Craft - Emma Lung (Acting) - Stranded

As you would have noticed, there was one clear winner in the feature films categories - the indigenous language film Ten Canoes. The film received six awards, L'Oréal Paris AFI Award for Best Film, Julie Ryan and
Rolf de Heer, Best Direction, Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr, Best Original Screenplay, Rolf de Heer, Best Cinematography, Ian Jones, Best Editing, Tania Nehme and Best Sound, James Currie, Tom Heuzenroeder, Michael Bakaloff and Rory McGregor.

In addition Rolf de Heer was the recipient of the Byron Kennedy Award, an award that is given in respect of a filmmaker’s relentless pursuit of excellence in filmmaking and Ian Jones was honoured with the Longford Life Time Achievement Award, the highest accolade the AFI bestows on a filmmaker in recognition of their enduring contribution to Australian screen culture.

Pictures from the Red Carpet and Media Room

Teresa Palmer Sarah Wynter
Daniel Radcliffe & Heath Ledger Heath Ledger with fans
Cate Blanchett Emily Barclay
the Jacobsons Saskia Burmeister
Abbie Cornish Frank Sweet (centre) with father Gary (left) and girlfriend
Daniel Radcliffe & Teresa Palmer Joel Edgerton
Claudia Karvan George Miller
Fred Schepisi and wife Eric Bana and wife
Eddie & Carla McGuire Dannii Minogue
Emily Barclay Shane Jacobson
Anthony Hayes Geoffrey Rush & Eric Bana
Geoffrey Rush & Shane Jacobson Heath Ledger
Magda Szubanski & Dannii Minogue Magda and Dannii with Heath Ledger
Geoffrey Rush & Cate Blanchett Dannii Minogue & Melissa LeGear
Eric Bana Geoffrey Rush, Emily Barclay, Shane Jacobson, & Cate Blanchett
Teresa Palmer & David Campbell John So and wife
Shane Jacobson grapples with Matt “Kenny” Deller for the Best Actor award (pictures courtesy of Peter Dowling)
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