The AACTA Audience Award for Best Film will this year be a duke between local titles and Hollywood blockbusters that recently called Australia home: Thirteen Lives, Thor: Love and Thunder, Ticket to Paradise, Elvis, The Drover’s Wife the Legend of Molly Johnson and Wog Boys Forever.
While to be eligible for the peer voted AACTA Awards, films must pass the ‘significant Australia content’ (SAC) test – similar to eligibility for the Producer Offset, be Australian majority financed or be a co-production. However, the audience awards include all locally made projects, thus Thirteen Lives, Ticket to Paradise and Thor: Love and Thunder qualify.
The nominees, voted for by the general public via a survey on news.com.au, also this year recognise Australian acting talent in foreign productions, such as Jacob Elordi in Euphoria, Chris Hemsworth in Thor: Love and Thunder, Margot Robbie in Amsterdam and Rebel Wilson in Senior Year. Notably, foreign actors in local productions were not eligble.
Many of the projects nominated align with this year’s official AACTA nominees, such as Elvis and The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson in film, as well as Heartbreak High, Bluey and Gogglebox in TV.
The nominees are:
AACTA Audience Choice Award for Best Film
Thor: Love and Thunder
Ticket to Paradise
The Drover’s Wife the Legend of Molly Johnson
Wog Boys Forever
AACTA Audience Choice Award for Best TV Series
Have you Been Paying Attention
Home and Away
Married at First Sight
AACTA Audience Choice Award for Best Actor
Bryn Chapman (Heartbreak High)
Chris Hemsworth (Thor: Love and Thunder)
Christian Ravello (Here Out West)
Hazem Shammas (The Twelve)
Jacob Elordi (Euphoria)
Thomas Weatherall (Heartbreak High)
AACTA Audience Choice Award for Best Actress
Asher Yasbincek (Heartbreak High)
Ayesha Madon (Heartbreak High)
Chloe Hayden (Heartbreak High)
Isla Fisher (Wolf Like Me)
Margot Robbie (Amsterdam)
Rebel Wilson (Senior Year)
AACTA Audience Choice Award for Best TV Personality
Adam & Symon from Gogglebox
AACTA Audience Choice Award for Best Digital Creator
Esmé Louise James
Jeff van de Zandt
Luke and Sassy Scott
AACTA Audience Choice Award for Best Sports Program
100% Footy (Nine)
AFL Sunday Footy Show (Nine)
Friday Night Football AFL (Foxtel)
Friday Night Football NRL (Foxtel)
The Front Bar (Seven)
Women’s Footy (Nine)
AACTA Audience Choice Award for Best Sports Commentary Team
2021 Melbourne Cup (Ten)
2022 AFL Grand Final (Seven)
2022 AFL Season (Foxtel)
2022 AFL Season (Seven)
2022 Australian Open (Nine)
2022 Commonwealth Games (Seven)
AFI AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella extended congratulations to the nominees.
“To be selected by the Australian public as the best in your field shows the influence and impact that you have on your viewers,” he said.
Wednesday’s ceremony will be broadcast on 10 at 7.30pm, and will be encored on Fox Docos, Saturday, December 10 at 7:30pm. The broadcast will also be available to stream on demand via Foxtel, Binge and AACTA TV.