AACTA unveils first round of awards

15 January, 2012 by Brendan Swift

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has unveiled the first round of its revamped awards at a Sydney luncheon.

Presenters at the event, which was hosted by actor Sigrid Thornton, included actors such as Radha Mitchell, Rebecca Gibney and Susie Porter, as well as directors Bruce Beresford, Fred Schepisi and Adam Elliot.

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Australian cinematographer Donald McAlpine ACS ASC picked up the AACTA's highest accolade, the Raymond Longford Award, while filmmaker Ivan Sen received the Byron Kennedy Award, which recognises innovation and the pursuit of excellence.

Sen, whose latest film Toomelah screened at last year's Cannes Film Festival, was chosen 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”. 

Meanwhile, production designer Herbert Pinter was awarded the AACTA Award for Outstanding Achievement In Television for his work on Tim Winton’s cloudstreet.

ABC programs dominated the TV awards with Chris Lilley recognised for Angry Boys (Best Performance in a Television Comedy), Laid winning Best Television Comedy Series, and My Place, Series 2 recognised as the Best Children’s Television Series.

Among the Australian feature film award winners were The Eye of the Storm, The Hunter and Snowtown, which each received two craft awards. Meanwhile, Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’Hoole was awarded Best Visual Effects.

The highest grossing Australian film at the box office in 2011, Red Dog, was awarded the AFI Members’ Choice Award.

Crowd-pleasing feature documentary Mrs Carey’s Concert led the documentary awards with awards for Best Feature Length Documentary and Best Direction in a Documentary. Other documentary winners included Jandamarra's War, SAS – The Search for Warriors, murundak – songs of freedom, Out of the Ashes, Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure.

The Palace, an Australian/Cypriot co-production, won Best Short Fiction Film and Best Screenplay in a Short Film, while Nullarbor picked up the Best Short Animation award.

Nominees were also announced for the new AACTA International Awards via a live cross to actor Jacki Weaver at the G’Day USA Black Tie Gala in Los Angeles.

The AACTA Awards are run by the Australian Film Institute and replace the AFI Awards, which were first launched in 1958.

The NSW government is spending $1.7 million a year on the AFIs – almost one-third of the $6.26 million in production financing it invested (via Screen NSW) across 41 film and TV projects in 2009-10.

“Today’s awards are the first of our two awards events and highlight the exceptional work of our craftspeople," AFI | AACTA chief executive, Damian Trewhella, said in a statement.

"We encourage all Australians to support our local screen industry by watching the Samsung AACTA Awards ceremony in two weeks’ time to see which films and television productions are awarded our nation’s best.”

The remaining AACTA Awards will be announced at the AACTA Awards ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on January 31, which will be broadcast on the Nine Network.

Contact this reporter at bswift@if.com.au or on Twitter at @bcswift.

Samsung AACTA Awards Luncheon Winners

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.

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.

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS NOMINEES

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY

The Artist. Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants. Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
The Ides Of March. George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
Margin Call J.C. Chandor
Melancholia. Lars von Trier
Midnight In Paris. Woody Allen
Moneyball. Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin
We Need To Talk About Kevin. Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION

The Artist. Michel Hazanavicius
Drive. Nicolas Winding Refn
Hugo. Martin Scorsese
Margin Call. J.C. Chandor
Melancholia. Lars von Trier
Midnight In Paris. Woody Allen
The Tree Of Life. Terrence Malick
We Need To Talk About Kevin. Lynne Ramsay

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR

• George Clooney. The Descendants
• Leonardo DiCaprio. J. Edgar
• Jean Dujardin. The Artist
• Michael Fassbender. Shame
• Ryan Gosling. The Ides Of March
• Brad Pitt. Moneyball

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS

• Glenn Close. Albert Nobbs
• Kirsten Dunst. Melancholia
• Meryl Streep. The Iron Lady
• Tilda Swinton. We Need To Talk About Kevin
• Mia Wasikowska. Jane Eyre
• Michelle Williams. My Week With Marilyn

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST FILM

The Artist
The Descendants
Hugo
The Ides Of March
Margin Call
Melancholia
Midnight In Paris
Moneyball
The Tree Of Life
We Need To Talk About Kevin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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