‘Nitram’ leads FCCA Award nominations


Justin Kurzel’s Nitram has started 2022 with further industry recognition, leading the way in the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award nominations.

A month after sweeping the AACTA Awards with eight wins, the psychological drama received seven nods from the FCCA, coming in ahead of Robert Connolly’s The Dry and Stephen Johnson’s High Ground, which each had five.

The three titles will battle it out for Best Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Director categories.

Of the other films to be nominated, JJ Winlove’s June Again and Glendyn Ivin’s Penguin Bloom are each up for two awards, while Stephen Hunter from Michael Budd’s Ruby’s Choice will contend the Best Actor Supporting Role award.

Winners will be announced on January 31 and posted at

Best Film

High Ground

Producers: David Jowsey, Maggie Miles, Witiyana Marika, Greer Simpkin, Stephen Maxwell Johnson


Producers: Nick Batzias, Virginia Whitwell, Justin Kurzel, Shaun Grant

The Dry

Producers: Bruna Papandrea, Jodi Matterson, Steve Hutensky, Rob Connolly, Eric Bana

Best Director

Robert Connolly – The Dry

Stephen Maxwell Johnson – High Ground

Justin Kurzel – Nitram

Best Screenplay

Chris Anastassiades – High Ground

Robert Connolly and Harry Cripps – The Dry

Shaun Grant – Nitram

Best Cinematography

Sam Chiplin – Penguin Bloom

Andrew Commis – High Ground

Stefan Duscio – The Dry

Best Actor

Eric Bana – The Dry

Caleb Landry Jones – Nitram

Jacob Junior Nayinggul – High Ground

Best Actress

Judy Davis – Nitram

Noni Hazlehurst – June Again

Naomi Watts – Penguin Bloom

Best Actress Supporting Role

Essie Davis – Nitram

Claudia Karvan – June Again

Miranda Tapsell – The Dry

Best Actor Supporting Role

Anthony LaPaglia – Nitram

Sean Mununggurr – High Ground

Stephen Hunter – Ruby’s Choice