AACTA has unveiled the final set of nominees for its upcoming awards, including the craft categories in television and documentary, as well as those up for the VFX, casting and Best Asian Film awards.
Leading the charge in television is Matchbox Pictures/Dirty Films’ Stateless, which notched another 11 nominations today, taking its overall tally to 18.
Fellow ABC series Mystery Road, produced by Bunya Productions, follows with a total of 14 nominations.
Stateless helmers Emma Freeman and Jocelyn Moorhouse are both nominated for Best Direction in A Television Drama or Comedy. They will vie against Mystery Road‘s Wayne Blair and Warwick Thornton, and Simon Francis, who shot Anne Edmond’s Amazon stand-up special.
Thornton is a double nominee, also garnering recognition for his cinematography on Mystery Road, up against Marden Dean for The Commons; Martin McGrath for Operation Buffalo, and Bonnie Elliott for Stateless.
Nominated in the TV screenplay category are Mystery Road‘s Kodie Bedford, First Day‘s Julie Kalceff, Operation Buffalo‘s Peter Duncan, The Commons‘ Shelley Birse and Stateless‘ Elise McCredie.
Editors Mark Atkin and Martin Connor each score nominations for episodes of Stateless, to sqaure off against Mark Perry for Operation Buffalo, Nicholas Holmes for Mystery Road and Deborah Peart and James Manché for The Secrets She Keeps.
Composer Antony Partos earns his sixth AACTA nomination of the decade for his score on Operation Buffalo, vying against Stateless‘ Cornel Wilczek, Rosehaven‘s Kit Warhurst, Bluey‘s Joff Bush and siblings Diego, Nora and Lionel Baldenweg, nominated for Itch.
In documentary, a number of projects lead with three nominations each. They include Maralinga Tjarutja, Australia’s Ocean Odyssey: A Journey Down the East Australian Current; The Test: A New Era For Australia’s Team; Brazen Hussies, and Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra.
In visual effects, Cutting Edge has been nominated for its work on Leigh Whannell’s Sydney-shot thriller The Invisible Man. Rising Sun Pictures garnered two nods for its work on the Oscar-nominated Ford V Ferrari and Chinese blockbuster The Eight Hundred, and ditto for Method Studios, recognised for its work on It Chapter 2 and Jumanji: The Next Level.
Casting director Nikki Barrett will look to back up last year’s win with two nominations in the casting category for True History of the Kelly Gang and I Am Woman. Also nominated are Allison Meadows for Stateless, Jane Norris for H is for Happiness, and Kirsty McGregor and Stevie Ray for Babyteeth.
Nine features will compete for Best Asian Film. From China, they include Guan Hu’s war epic The Eight Hundred, the highest grossing film globally this year; Kwok Cheung Tsang’s Better Day and Diao Yinan’s Palme d’Or nominated The Wild Goose Chase.
From India nominees include Anubhav Sinha’s Thappad; Meghna Gulzar’s Chhapaak; and Hitesh Kewalya and Rohit Sharma’s Shubh Mangal Zyda Saavdhad.
Also nominated are two Korean titles Train to Busan sequel Peninsula, from Yeon Sang-ho, and Kim Yong-hoon’s Beasts Clawing at Straws, and Japanese film First Love, from Takashi Miike.
“Despite this challenging year, the number of productions nominated across a record number of Awards shows the resilience and ingenuity of the Australian industry in finding ways to continue to work, creating the outstanding content that our audiences needed more than ever before,” said AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella.
The AACTA Industry Awards (previously the Industry Luncheon) will be held November 27 online, while the usual Ceremony will be held at The Star Sydney over two consecutive sittings November 30.
Highlights from the two ceremonies will be broadcast on Channel Seven on December 2.
This year the academy will also run a free online festival during the week of the awards, dubbed Screenfest. The full program is here.
The complete list of nominees announced today:
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A TELEVISION DRAMA OR COMEDY
AUSTRALIAN AMAZON ORIGINAL STAND-UP SPECIALSAnne Edmonds: What’s Wrong With You Simon Francis