‘Hacksaw Ridge’ dominates the AACTAs

07 December, 2016 by Jackie Keast
Mel Gibson on the set of Hacksaw Ridge. 
 
Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge cleaned up at the 6th AACTA Awards ceremony last night, taking home five awards, including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay.
 
Gibson was honoured for Best Direction, while Andrew Garfield won Best Lead Actor and Hugo Weaving nabbed Best Supporting Actor.
 
“I need to thank Australia for making this film,” said Gibson in his acceptance speech.
 
He praised the "homegrown" film’s cast and crew, “the calibre of which is as good or better than anywhere in the world.”
 
“I’m not the only one who wants to make films here all the time, Ridley Scott said the same thing,” Gibson said. “I’m honoured to receive this.”  
 
The five awards add to the four Hacksaw Ridge already picked up earlier this week at the AACTA Industry Luncheon. The film was nominated in 13 categories overall.
 
Odessa Young received the award for Best Lead Actress and Mirando Otto for Best Supporting Actress for their work in The Daughter. 
 
Eva Orner’s Chasing Asylum took home Best Feature Length Documentary, with the director using her speech to call on the government to close offshore detention centres.
 
Paul Hogan was honoured with the Academy’s highest accolade, the AACTA Longford Lyell Award. Hogan was presented with the award by Shane Jacobson, and received tributes from Michael Caton, Ernie Dingo, Delvene Delaney (who won a big cheer from the crowd), John Brown, Peter Faiman, Adam Hills and Dave Hughes.
 
“I’m probably the world’s leading one hit wonder," joked Hogan. "But you know, it was a mighty hit."
 
Isla Fisher received the Trailblazer Award, joking that she needed to thank Donald Trump: "I don't think I'd be here without him showing the world that it's okay for unqualified orange people to win things."
 
Artist, VR practitioner and director Lynette Wallworth won the $10,000 Byron Kennedy Award.
 
In television, The Kettering Incident was awarded Best Telefeature or Mini Series, and its star Elizabeth Debicki took out Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama.
 
Samuel Johnson was awarded Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama for his turn as Molly Meldrum in Molly
 
Wentworth picked up Best Television Drama Series, while Upper Middle Bogan won Best Television Comedy Series.
 
The full list of winners: 
 
AACTA LONGFORD LYELL AWARD  
• Paul Hogan AM
 
AACTA TRAILBLAZER AWARD
•Isla Fisher
 
BYRON KENNEDY AWARD  
•Lynette Wallworth
 
TELEVISION
 
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES
Wentworth Pino Amenta ADG, Jo Porter S.P.A – Foxtel/SoHo
 
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEFEATURE OR MINI SERIES
The Kettering Incident Vincent Sheehan, Victoria Madden, Andrew Walker  Foxtel/Showcase
 
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION COMEDY SERIES
Upper Middle Bogan Robyn Butler,  Wayne Hope,  Ben Grogan – ABC
 
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION SERIES
Gruen Wil Anderson, Polly Connolly, Nick Murray,  Jon Casimir, Richard Huddleston – ABC
 
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LIFESTYLE TELEVISION PROGRAM 
Destination Flavour Scandinavia Erik Dwyer, Rachel Hardie – SBS 
 
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST REALITY TELEVISION SERIES 
 • Masterchef Australia Marty Benson, Tim Toni, Rob Wallace – Network Ten 
 
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA 
• Samuel Johnson Molly – Seven Network 
 
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA 
• Elizabeth Debicki The Kettering Incident – Foxtel/Showcase 
 
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN TELEVISION 
ABC Comedy Showroom – The Letdown Sarah Scheller, Alison Bell – ABC 
 
FEATURE FILM
 
FEATURE FILM AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM PRESENTED BY FOXTEL 
Hacksaw Ridge Bill Mechanic, David Permut, Paul Currie, Bruce Davey 
 
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION 
Hacksaw Ridge Mel Gibson
 
 AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR 
• Andrew Garfield Hacksaw Ridge
 
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS 
• Odessa Young The Daughter

AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 
• Hugo Weaving Hacksaw Ridge
 
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 
• Miranda Otto The Daughter
 
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL 
Hacksaw Ridge Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan 
 
DOCUMENTARY 
 
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY 
Chasing Asylum Eva Orner 
 
The list of craft winners from the Industry Luncheon is here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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