Part 1: Wrapping it up with a Bow – The 2nd AACTA Awards Luncheon, presented by Deluxe

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Winners at the 2nd AACTA Awards Luncheon, presented by Deluxe, Monday 28 January. Photo: Belinda Rolland

The statuettes have been presented, the winners have been toasted and the laurels have been sent out to each winning production. While the 2nd AACTA Awards may be fast receding behind us, there’s now the task of looking through all the wonderful photos and priceless video footage from the two Sydney events, and making sure they’re labelled and saved for posterity – and shared with screen industry and audience members alike.

In this, the first part of our AACTA Awards wrap, we shine the spotlight on the 2nd AACTA Awards Luncheon, presented by Deluxe and held in Sydney at The Star Event Centre on Monday 28 January.

The luncheon was hosted by the ever-entertaining Adam Elliot, who memorably appeared in one segment dressed as a gold-clad human statuette. Other presenters included Diana Glenn, Jane Harber and Jimi Bani as well as acclaimed actors Damon Herriman, Daniel Henshall and Felicity Price. Also taking to the stage were The Sapphires stars Miranda Tapsell and Shari Sebbens.

A highlight of the luncheon was the special presentation of the Raymond Longford Award to Producer, Al Clark.

The 2nd AACTA Awards Luncheon, presented by Deluxe also recognised the talent and innovation of artists and craftspeople working across television, documentary, short fiction film, short animation and feature film categories.  Here’s a quick rundown, with clips from our YouTube Channel:

DOCUMENTARY

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
Storm Surfers 3D. Ellenor Cox, Marcus Gillezeau.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY UNDER ONE HOUR
Then The Wind Changed. Jeni McMahon, Celeste Geer. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Go Back To Where You Came From. Rick McPhee, Ivan O’Mahoney. SBS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY
Fighting Fear. Macario De Souza. FOXTEL  Movie Network

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A DOCUMENTARY
Fighting Fear. Tim Bonython, Chris Bryan, Macario De Souza, Lee Kelly. FOXTEL – Movie Network

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST EDITING IN A DOCUMENTARY
Once Upon A Time In Cabramatta – Episode 1. Sam Wilson. SBS

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SOUND IN A DOCUMENTARY
Dr Sarmast’s Music School. Dale Cornelius, Livia Ruzic, Keith Thomas. ABC1

 

SHORT FILM

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT ANIMATION
The Hunter. Marieka Walsh

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FICTION FILM
Julian. Robert Jago, Matthew Moore.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN A SHORT FILM
Transmission. Zak Hilditch.

TELEVISION

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION SERIES
Agony Aunts. Adam Zwar, Nicole Minchin. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION COMEDY SERIES
Lowdown – Season 2. Nicole Minchin, Amanda Brotchie, Adam Zwar. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION COMEDY
Patrick Brammall. A Moody Christmas. ABC1

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN’S TELEVISION SERIES
The Adventures Of Figaro Pho. Dan Fill, Frank Verheggen, David Webster. ABC3

 

FEATURE FILM

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Sapphires. Warwick Thornton.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST EDITING
The Sapphires. Dany Cooper ASE.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SOUND
The Sapphires. Andrew Plain, Bry Jones, Pete Smith, Ben Osmo, John Simpson.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
Not Suitable For Children. Matteo Zingales, Jono Ma.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Sapphires. Melinda Doring.

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Sapphires. Tess Schofield.

A gallery of gorgeous photos of winners from the luncheon can be found here on Facebook or on our Instagram account, but for a taste, here’s a gallery of selected shots from the event:

For full details of the 2nd AACTA Awards Luncheon, presented by Deluxe, see the AACTA website here.

Coming next: Part 2: Wrapping it up with a Bow: The 2nd AACTA Awards Ceremony.

Vote for your Most Memorable Screen Moments & Win Tickets to AACTA Awards

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The  news.com.au Audience Choice Award for Most Memorable Screen Moment is now open for voting, with prizes including tickets to the AACTA Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 30 January.

VOTE for your most memorable moment in Australian film and television from the past year, and you’ll be in the running to party with the stars at one of Australia’s most glamorous screen events, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 30 January at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.

This year, the Australian Academy has identified 20 of the finest moments that viewers throughout Australia were treated to both on the small and large screens.
The moments contending for this Audience Choice Award were chosen by the Producers of film and television productions nominated for an AACTA Award this year in the following categories: Best Reality Television Series; Best Television Drama Series; Best Telefeature or Mini Series; and Best Film.Also in the running for this award are moments from the top four highest grossing films at the Australian Box Office for 2012, which were not already captured as nominees for the AACTA Award for Best Film.*From Rachael Leahcar’s evocative rendition of “La Vie En Rose” catapulting the singer and reality series The Voice into the public’s consciousness, to parents skinny dipping on Puberty Blues, and from Kath’s revolutionary speech to the people of Papilloma in Kath & Kimderella, to Kerry Packer (Lachy Hulme) venting in Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, the contending moments provide a diverse selection for audience consideration.

Now it’s time to have your say, by voting in the news.com.au Audience Choice Award for Most Memorable Screen Moment.

The Award will be announced at the 2nd AACTA Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 30th January at The Star’s brand new Event Centre in Sydney. The AACTA Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on Network Ten.

Vote now and go in the draw to win the major prize of a ‘VIP Money Can’t Buy’ experience for you and a friend, including:

  • Two tickets to attend the 2nd AACTA Awards Ceremony and Official After Party.
  • Return domestic economy flights from your nearest capital city and overnight accommodation.
  • A personal appointment in the AACTA Styling Suite including make-up by Napoleon Perdis and Hair by ELEVEN Australia.

5 State Winners will also receive a pamper pack courtesy of Napoleon Perdis and ELEVEN Australia, valued at $350.

Click through to see the memorable moments vying for the Audience Choice Award and then cast your vote to be in the running to win these great prizes.

Competition Closes Sunday 20th January 2013 at 23:59 AESDT.

Australians Going Global in International Screen Awards

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Earlier this week the nominees for the 2nd AACTA International Awards were revealed, with 14 films competing for awards.

Silver Linings Playbook leads with five nominations, closely followed by Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty with four nominations each.

With the nominees announced last night for the  85th Academy Awards®  we were thrilled to see many of our own AACTA International Awards nominees among the nominees, especially, of course Australian actors Hugh Jackman (nominated for Best Actor for Les Misérables) and Naomi Watts (Best Actress for The Impossible). Congratulations also to Jacki Weaver (nominated Best Supporting Actress for Silver Linings Playbook). Congratulations too to Australian Makeup and Hair supervisor Rick Findlater for his nomination (alongside Peter King and Tami Lane) for work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

We’ll be watching with great anticipation to see which of our talented Australians and which of our AACTA International Award winners will go on to win when the Oscar® winners are announced on February 24 (Monday, February 25 in Australia).

In the meantime, a recap on our own nominees for the 2nd AACTA International Awards:

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY

  • Argo. Chris Terrio
  • Django Unchained. Quentin Tarantino
  • Lincoln. Tony Kushner
  • The Master. Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Silver Linings Playbook. David O. Russell
  • Zero Dark Thirty. Mark Boal

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION

  • Argo. Ben Affleck
  • Life Of Pi. Ang Lee
  • Lincoln. Steven Spielberg
  • The Sessions. Ben Lewin
  • Silver Linings Playbook. David O. Russell
  • Zero Dark Thirty. Kathryn Bigelow

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR

  • Bradley Cooper. Silver Linings Playbook
  • Daniel Day-Lewis. Lincoln
  • John Hawkes. The Sessions
  • Hugh Jackman. Les Misérables
  • Joaquin Phoenix. The Master
  • Denzel Washington. Flight

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS

  • Jessica Chastain. Zero Dark Thirty
  • Marion Cotillard. Rust and Bone
  • Nicole Kidman. The Paperboy
  • Jennifer Lawrence. Silver Linings Playbook
  • Emmanuelle Riva. Amour
  • Naomi Watts. The Impossible

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST FILM

  • Argo. Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov
  • Les Misérables. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
  • Life of Pi. Ang Lee, Gil Netter, David Womark
  • Lincoln. Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
  • Silver Linings Playbook. Bruce Cohen, Donna Gigliotti, Jonathan Gordon
  • Zero Dark Thirty. Kathryn Bigelow, Mark Boal, Megan Ellison

The 2nd AACTA International Awards winners’ announcement event will be held in L.A., late January 2013.

To find out more about the 2nd AACTA International Awards, visit this page on the AACTA website.

How are the International AACTA Awards determined?

The jury for these awards is made up of eminent Australian screen professionals working in Australia and the US. Jurors work in a cross-section of the industry and screen crafts, including direction, screenwriting, producing, acting, distribution and exhibition. Screenings were held in Australia and the US. AACTA received access to films not yet released in Australia from local distributors. We consider the same films as other international screen organisations, including AMPAS, so that the AACTA International Awards are relevant, and the Australian industry is therefore part of the shared international screen awards conversation. Of course those contending for the International Awards are not eligible to be on a jury.

Video Interviews with Winners in the Media Room

What a night it was! Whether you watched the broadcast of the inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards Ceremony on the Nine Network on Tuesday 31 January, or whether you were lucky enough to be in attendance at the Sydney Opera House, there was entertainment in abundance – the fabulous spectacle of the red carpet, musical numbers by some of Australia’s finest entertainers, and a terric Afterparty blessed with only an exciting sprinkle of rain.

But of course at the heart of it all, the reason for the Ceremony’s very existence, were the awards themselves – the announcement of this year’s winners. Congratulations again to all the winners of the inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards.

Back stage, the winners were escorted to the media room where they spoke to journalists and had their official photographs taken.

These interviews on the media room stage were sometimes breathless (there are a lot of stairs in the Sydney Opera House!), candid, and offered a great chance for the winners to talk in more depth about the characters and shows they brought to our screens in the past year. It’s well worth a visit to our YouTube site to see these interviews with the winners and click through to the ones you’re most interested in. Here’s just a taste, with an interview with Best Lead Actor winner Daniel Henshall, who picked up the AACTA Award for his performance in the grimly impressive Snowtown.

For more interviews, check out the Australian Film Institute | AACTA Youtube site.

Inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards Ceremony Winners Announced!

Last night, AACTA President Geoffrey Rush was joined on stage by internationally acclaimed Australian actors including Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Mia Wasikowska, Jonathan and Anthony LaPaglia, Jacki Weaver and Rachael Taylor to honour the year’s best achievements in Australian film and television at the inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards Ceremony, held at the Sydney Opera House.

The Ceremony also featured some of the most popular names in Australian entertainment, including performances by Olivia Newton-John, Tim Rogers and Megan Washington.

Winners announced at the Samsung AACTA Awards Ceremony are as follows:

AACTA Award for Best YOUNG ACTOR

  • Lara Robinson. Cloudstreet – Part 1. FOXTEL – Showcase

Alex Dimitriades, winner of Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama, for his performance in THE SLAP.

TELEVISION

AACTA Award for Best Television Drama Series

  • East West 101, Season 3 – The Heroes’ Journey. Steve Knapman, Kris Wyld. SBS

AACTA Award for Best Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series

  • The Slap. Tony Ayres, Helen Bowden, Michael McMahon. ABC1

AACTA Award for Best Light Entertainment Television Series

  • The Gruen Transfer, Series 4. Andrew Denton, Anita Jacoby, Jon Casimir. ABC1

AACTA Award for Best Direction in Television

  • The Slap – Episode 3 ‘Harry’. Matthew Saville. ABC1

AACTA Award for Best Screenplay in Television

  • The Slap – Episode 3 ‘Harry’. Brendan Cowell. ABC1

AACTA Award for Best LEAD ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA

  • Alex Dimitriades. The Slap. ABC1

Sarah Snook, winner of Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama, for her perfomance in SISTERS OF WAR.

AACTA Award for Best LEAD ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA

  • Sarah Snook. Sisters Of War. ABC1

AACTA Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama

  • Richard Cawthorne. Killing Time – Episode 2. FOXTEL – TV1

AACTA Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama

  • Diana Glenn. The Slap – Episode 3 ‘Harry’. ABC1

SWITCHED ON AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION PROGRAM

  • Packed To The Rafters. Seven Network

SWITCHED ON AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION DRAMA

  • Asher Keddie. Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo. ABC1

Cast and crew members from RED DOG, winner of the AACTA Award for Best Film.

SAMSUNG AACTA Award for Best FILM

  • RED DOG. Nelson Woss, Julie Ryan.

AACTA Award for Best DIRECTION

  • Snowtown. Justin Kurzel.

AACTA Award for Best Original Screenplay

  • Griff The Invisible. Leon Ford.

AACTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Snowtown. Shaun Grant.

Daniel Henshall, winner of Best Lead Actor for his performance in SNOWTOWN.

AACTA Award for Best LEAD ACTOR

  • Daniel Henshall. Snowtown.

AACTA Award for Best LEAD Actress

  • Judy Davis. The Eye Of The Storm.

AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor

  • Hugo Weaving. Oranges And Sunshine.

AACTA Award for Best Supporting ACTRESS

  • Louise Harris. Snowtown.

Judy Davis, Winner of Best Lead Actress, THE EYE OF THE STORM

Highlights of the AACTA International Awards Ceremony, held on 27 January in Los Angeles, were also screened at tonight’s event, with six winners announced across five categories:

AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay (Joint Winners)

· The Ides Of March. George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon

· Margin Call. J.C. Chandor

AACTA International Award for Best Direction

· The Artist. Michel Hazanavicius

AACTA International Award for Best Actor

· Jean Dujardin. The Artist

AACTA International Award for Best Actress

· Meryl Streep. The Iron Lady

AACTA International Award for Best Film

· The Artist. Thomas Langmann

AACTA congratulates all inaugural Samsung AACTA Award recipients.

Video highlights and photographs from the Ceremony will be available at www.aacta.org by the end of the week.

Focus on the Feature Film Nominees

On Wednesday last week (30 November 2011), the newly established Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) announced all nominees for the inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards, which will be held in January 2012. You can see a full list of the nominees here on the gorgeous new AACTA website.

Entrants, industry guests and media were present at Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) for the announcement of the nominees. The internationally awarded animator, writer and director Adam Elliot was the genial and very funny host of the procedings. He was joined on stage by actors Alexandra Schepisi, Daniel Henshall and Claudia Karvan, who announced the nominees in various categories. These three also happened to be nominated for their own work this year: Schepisi for her role as the sparky nurse in The Eye of the Storm; Henshall for his chilling performance as a serial killer in Snowtown; and Karvan for Spirited, Season 2, the Foxtel drama series on which she is producer and writer, as well as the star. A gallery of photos from the event can be viewed here on the AACTA Facebook page.

Claudia Karvan, Daniel Henshall, Alexandra Schepisi, AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella and Adam Elliot at the Samsung AACTA Nominations Announcement, November 30 2011.

The announcement of all the nominees confirmed the strength of Australian film and television in 2011. Highlighting the reach and diversity of production this year, the nominations are spread across 14 Feature Films (out of a possible 21), 14 Documentaries, four Short Animations, six Short Fiction Films and 23 Television Productions.

The AFI and AACTA congratulate all the nominees. We will be giving them all some ‘blog love’ in the coming weeks leading up to the Samsung AACTA Awards in January. Right now, however, it’s time to put the spotlight on the Feature Film nominees, with a view to round two voting, which is now open to all AACTA members until Wednesday 14 December, and involves AACTA members voting on all these Feature Film nominees, with the exception of the Best Young Actor and Visual Effects categories, which are decided by Jury.*

THE FEATURE FILM NOMINEES – INAUGURAL SAMSUNG AACTA AWARDS

The six Feature Films nominated for the prestigious Samsung AACTA Award for Best Film (in alphabetical order) are:

  • The Eye Of The Storm
  • The Hunter
  • Mad Bastards
  • Oranges And Sunshine
  • RED DOG
  • Snowtown

In a result that confirms the AFI members are in close concert with the professional AACTA members, the same six Feature Films are nominated for the AFI Members’ Choice Award, though in different order of preference.

Throughout the year, we’ve covered many of these films with interviews and Q&As during their time of release. Below are the nominated films, with details of which awards each film is nominated for, along with ‘Further Reading’ links to any editorial content we’ve published relating to those films.

The Eye Of The Storm is nominated for twelve AACTA Awards: Best Film; AFI Members’ Choice (Antony Waddington, Gregory Read, Fred Schepisi); Best Direction (Fred Schepisi); Best Adapted Screenplay (Judy Morris); Best Production Design (Melinda Doring); Best Costume Design (Terry Ryan); Best Lead Actor (Geoffrey Rush); Best Lead Actress (Judy Davis); Best Lead Actress (Charlotte Rampling); Best Supporting Actor (John Gaden); Best Supporting Actress (Helen Morse); Best Supporting Actress (Alexandra Schepisi). Further reading: Interview with director Fred Schepisi.

The Hunter is nominated for fourteen AACTA Awards: Best Film (Vincent Sheehan); AFI Members’ Choice (Vincent Sheehan); Best Direction (Daniel Nettheim); Best Adapted Screenplay (Alice Addison); Best Cinematography (Robert Humphreys); Best Sound (Sam Petty, David Lee, Robert Mackenzie, Les Fiddess MPSE, Tony Murtagh, Tom Heuzenroeder); Best Original Music Score (Matteo Zingales, Michael Lira, Andrew Lancaster); Best Production Design (Steven Jones-Evans); Best Costume Design (Emily Seresin); Best Lead Actor (Willem Dafoe); Best Lead Actress (Frances O’Connor); Best Supporting Actor (Sam Neill); Best Supporting Actress (Morgana Davies); Best Visual Effects (Felix Crawshaw, James Rogers). Further reading: Director Daniel Nettheim interviewed .

Mad Bastards is nominated for five AACTA Awards: Best Film (David Jowsey, Alan Pigram, Stephen Pigram, Brendand Fletcher); AFI Members’ Choice (David Jowsey, Alan Pigram, Stephen Pigram, Brendan Fletcher); Best Original Screenplay (Brendan Fletcher, Dean Daley-Jones, Greg Tait, John Watson); Best Sound (Phil Judd, Nick Emond, Johanna Emond); Best Young Actor (Lucas Yeeda). Further reading: Trespass interview with director Brendan Fletcher.

Oranges And Sunshine is nominated for seven AACTA Awards: Best Film (Camilla Bray, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning); AFI Members’ Choice (Camilla Bray, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning); Best Editing (Dany Cooper); Best Costume Design (Cappi Ireland); Best Lead Actor (David Wenham); Best Lead Actress (Emily Watson); Best Supporting Actor (David Wenham). Further reading: Lead actress Emily Watson interviewed.

RED DOG is nominated for eight AACTA Awards: Best Film (Nelson Woss, Julie Ryan); AFI Members’ Choice (Nelson Woss, Julie Ryan); Best Direction (Kriv Stenders); Best Adapted Screenplay (Daniel Taplitz); Best Cinematography (Geoffrey Hall); Best Editing (Jill Bilcock); Best Original Music Score (Cezary Skubiszewski); Best Production Design (Ian Gracie). Further reading: An interview with director Kriv Stenders.

Snowtown is nominated for ten AACTA Awards: Best Film (Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw); AFI Members’ Choice (Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw); Best Direction (Justin Kurzel); Best Adapted Screenplay (Shaun Grant); Best Cinematography (Adam Arkapaw); Best Editing (Veronika Jenet); Best Sound (Frank Lipson MPSE, Andrew McGrath, Des Kenneally, Michael Carden, John Simpson, Erin McKimm); Best Original Music Score (Jed Kurzel); Best Lead Actor (Daniel Henshall); Best Lead Actress (Louise Harris). Further reading: A round-table chat with with actors Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris and Lucas Pittaway.

Completing the slate of Feature Films competing for the country’s most esteemed screen awards are eight other feature films:

Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’Hoole is nominated for three AACTA Awards: Best Sound (Wayne Pashley, Derryn Pasquill, Polly McKinnon, Fabian Sanjurjo, Phil Heywood, Peter Smith); Best Original Music Score (David Hirschfelder) and Best Visual Effects (Grant Freckelton).

Sleeping Beauty is nominated for three AACTA Awards: Best Cinematography (Geoffrey Simpson, ACS ); Best Production Design (Annie Beauchamp); and Best Costume Design (Shareen Beringer). Extra reading: Director Julia Leigh talks about creating ‘A Sense of Wonder’.

Face To Face is nominated for one AACTA Award: Best Supporting Actor (Robert Rabiah).

Griff The Invisible is nominated for one AACTA Award: Best Original Screenplay (Leon Ford). Extra reading: Quick Quizzes with writer-director Leon Ford and lead actress Maeve Dermody.

The Loved Ones is nominated for one AACTA Award: Best Original Screenplay (Sean Byrne). Extra reading: ‘Pink Glitter and Blood’ – an interview with writer-director Sean Byrne.

Red Hill is nominated for one AACTA Award: Best Original Screenplay (Patrick Hughes).

Sanctum is nominated for one AACTA Award: Best Visual Effects (David Booth, Peter Webb, Ineke Majoor, Glenn Melenhorst).

Wasted On The Young is nominated for one AACTA Award: Best Editing (Leanne Cole). Further reading: an interview with editor Leanne Cole as part of our 2010 focus on editing. A Q&A with writer and director Ben C. Lucas.

It’s going to be fascinating to watch the competition between these fine films. Remember, if you’re an AACTA member, your vote on these nominees determines the winners, so don’t forget to excercise your voting priveleges before the close of round 2 voting on Wednesday 14 December.

* For further information on voting, please see the voting section of the AACTA website.