Congratulations to the first winners! More to come on the 31st January.

Winners on stage at the Samsung AACTA Awards Luncheon, presented by Digital Pictures, on Sunday 15 January 2012.

The rain poured down on Sunday, but nothing was going to spoil our ‘parade’! Luckily, the celebrations of the Samsung AACTA Awards Luncheon, presented by Digital Pictures, all took place indoors, in the spacious ballroom of the beautiful Westin Hotel in Sydney.

Presenters at the event included film and television favourites Rhada Mitchell, Rebecca Gibney, Rob Carlton 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 Sigrid Thornton, an acclaimed actress, a member of the AACTA Honorary Council, and a most gracious and accomplished presenter.

A highlight of the event was undoubtedly the special presentation of the AACTA Raymond Longford Award to legendary cinematographer Don McAlpine (ACS/ASC), and his acceptance speech was truly humble, humourous and inspiring. There was also the presentation of this year’s Byron Kennedy Award, given to Ivan Sen 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.”

Another exciting moment was Jacki Weaver’s announcement, via video broadcast, of the nominees for the AACTA International Awards. Click through to find out more about this new initiative, and to see the complete list of the International nominees, or watch the announcement below.

Back at home, we offer up congratulations to the first ever winners of AACTA Awards! The complete list of winners from Sunday is copied below. Official media releases can be downloaded here on the AACTA website.

As AFI editor, I had the privilege of interviewing the winners in the media room, right after they’d collected their glorious golden statuettes. You can watch clips of their candid, funny and informative interviews right here on our Youtube channel.

For photos from the event, visit our AACTA Facebook page. We have a huge collection of gorgeous pics which we’ll be uploading throughout the coming week.

Let’s raise a toast to the first ever winners of AACTA Awards. In two week’s time, the rest of this year’s winners will be announced at the Samsung AACTA Awards Ceremony, held at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday 31 January, and broadcast on the Nine Network. A limited number of tickets are on sale here if you would like to join us.

Here is the list of winners so far.

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.

Making history - the first ever winners of an AACTA Award were Pete Smith and Emma Bortignon, pictured, who received the Award for Best Sound in a Documentary - murundak - songs of freedom. Also part of the sound team, not present, were Michael Letho, Christopher O'Young & Simon Walbrook.

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.

There they are. We’re looking forward to continuing the celebrations, with the next round of AACTA Award winners on the 31st January. Stay tuned.

Surprised by the winners? Delighted or disappointed? Feel free to add your comments below, though of course we expect you to keep it civil and smart.

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One thought on “Congratulations to the first winners! More to come on the 31st January.

  1. Delighted that Mrs Careys Concert won Best Documentary. I found it the most uplifting film
    all year and probably the most difficult and longest to complete. Congrats to Bob, Sophie & Helen

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