AACTA announced the remaining nominations for its February awards this morning, with Warwick Thornton’s The New Boy garnering the most nods in film with 12, closely followed by Talk to Me with 11, while with 15 nominations, The Newsreader is the most recognised TV series.
Amazon series The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart and Deadloch garnered 12 and 10 nominations respectively, while Binge’s Colin From Accounts also has 10.
The 2024 AACTA Awards will be the first to be held on the Gold Coast, and will also mark the first time they will be presented in February, a move designed to make the event more in line with international awards season.
Both The New Boy and Talk to Me are up for Best Film, alongside Noora Niasari’s Shayda, Goran Stolevski’s Of An Age, Jub Clerc’s Sweet As and Kitty Green’s The Royal Hotel, with the contest for Best Direction completely mirrored.
Causeway Films’ Kristina Ceyton and Sam Jennings produced both Of An Age and Talk to Me, while Scarlett Pictures Kath Shelper is nominated for both The New Boy, which she produced with Dirty Films’ Andrew Upton, Cate Blanchett, Lorenzo de Maio, and The Royal Hotel, produced with See-Saw Pictures Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Liz Watts.
Competing for Best Screenplay are Stolevski for Of An Age, Niasari for Shayda, Danny Philippou and Bill Hinzman for Talk to Me, Thornton for The New Boy and Green and Oscar Redding for The Royal Hotel.
Best Indie Film, designed to honour independent and low budget filmmaking (under $2 million), proves an interesting category for 2024, with line-up that includes films from some of the country’s leading auteurs as well as some first-time feature directors. They include Ivan Sen’s Limbo, Rolf de Heer’s The Survival of Kindness, Madeleine Dyer’s A Savage Christmas, Matt Vesely’s Monolith, and Mark Leonard Winter’s The Rooster, and Ronnie S Riskalla’s Streets of Colour.
There is a strong field for the Best Lead Actress award, with Zar Amir Ebrahimi up for Shayda, Cate Blanchett for The New Boy, Julia Garner for The Royal Hotel, Sarah Snook for Run Rabbit Run, Sophie Wilde for Talk to Me and Shantae Barnes-Cowan for Sweet As.
Best Lead Actor sees the two romantic leads of Of An Age, Elias Anton and Thom Green, face off against each other, as well as The New Boy’s young star Aswan Reid, Shayda’s Osamah Sami, Limbo‘s Simon Baker and The Rooster‘s Phoenix Raei.
Child actress Selina Zahednia, discovered for Shayda via extensive outreach in among Australia’s Persian community, is nominated for Best Supporting Actress, alongside Alex Jensen for Talk to Me, Deborah Mailman for The New Boy, Tasma Walton for Sweet As, Mia Wasikowska for Blueback and Ursula Yovich for The Royal Hotel.
Best Supporting Actor will see Shayda’s Mojean Aria square off against Eric Bana for Blueback, Wayne Blair for The New Boy, Rob Collins for Limbo, Zoe Terakes for Talk to Me and Hugo Weaving for The Rooster.
In television, Best Drama Series is a contest between Bay of Fires, The Newsreader, Black Snow, Bump, Love Me and Erotic Stories, while the award for Best Miniseries will be between Bad Behaviour, In Our Blood, Safe Home, While the Men Are Away,The Clearing and The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart.
Colin From Accounts, Deadloch, Fisk, Gold Diggers, Utopia and Upright are up for Best Narrative Comedy, while Bluey is set to vie for its fifth AACTA Award for Best Children’s Program against Barrumbi Kids, Beep and Mort, Crazy Fun Park, The PM’s Daughter and Turn Up the Volume.
The six nominees for Best Documentary or Factual Program are Matildas: The World at Our Feet, Ningaloo Nyinggulu, Queerstralia, The Australian Wars, War On Waste and Who Do You Think You Are?.
Weaving earns his second nomination for 2024 in TV, up for Best Lead Actor for his performance in Love Me, alongside fellow nominees Tim Draxl for In Our Blood, Travis Fimmel for Black Snow, Joel Lago for Erotic Stories (his first on-screen role), Sam Reid for The Newsreader and Richard Roxburgh for Bali 2002.
Draxl is also up for a second award, competing for Best Supporting Actor in Drama for Erotic Stories with Black Snow‘s Alexander England, The Newsreader’s William McInnes, Love Me‘s Bob Morley, The Newsreader‘s Hunter Page-Lochard and The Clearing‘s Guy Pearce.
Kate Box is yet another dual nominee, up for both Best Lead Actress in a Drama for her work in Erotic Stories and Best Acting in Comedy for Deadloch.
Vying against her in the Best Lead Actress category are Aisha Dee for Safe Home, Bojana Novakovic for Love Me, Teresa Palmer for The Clearing, Anna Torv for The Newsreader and Sigourney Weaver for The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart.
Women dominate the nominees general neutral comedy acting award, with Patrick Brammall from Colin From Accounts the lone male against co-stars Harriet Dyer and Helen Thomson, Box and fellow Deadloch star Nina Oyama, Kitty Flanagan and Julia Zemiro for Fisk and Celeste Barber for Wellmania.
The AACTA Audience Choice Awards will commence in December, with AACTA to call for contenders on social media, and then voting to begin in January.
“Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees, the remarkable talent shaping Australia’s vibrant screen landscape is unparalleled. Each nomination and achievement stands as a testament to the talent that elevate our nation’s storytelling on the global stage. We look forward to celebrating the incredible impact our productions and screen practitioners continue to make within the industry and beyond,” said AACTA CEO Damian Tr
The AACTA Industry Awards will be held February 8 and the Awards Ceremony February 10 at Home of the Arts (HOTA), Gold Coast.
The full list of nominees:
AACTA Award for Best Acting in a Comedy
Celeste Barber – Wellmania
Kate Box – Deadloch
Patrick Brammall – Colin From Accounts
Harriet Dyer – Colin From Accounts
Kitty Flanagan – Fisk
Nina Oyama – Deadloch
Helen Thomson – Colin From Accounts
Julia Zemiro – Fisk
AACTA Award for Best Casting in Television presented by Casting Networks
Colin From Accounts – Kirsty McGregor, Stevie Ray
Deadloch – Alison Telford, Kate Leonard
Safe Home – Nathan Lloyd
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Jane Norris
The Newsreader – Nathan Lloyd
AACTA Award for Best Children’s Program
Barrumbi Kids – Monica O’Brien, Danielle Maclean, Julia Morris – Ambience Entertainment Pty Limited and Tamarind Tree Pictures Pty Ltd (NITV, SBS)
Beep and Mort – Kaye Weeks – Windmill Pictures (ABC)
Bluey – Charlie Aspinwall, Sam Moor, Daley Pearson – Ludo Studio (ABC)
Crazy Fun Park – Joanna Werner – Werner Film Productions (ABC)
The PM’s Daughter – Tim Powell, Kieran Hoyle, Warren Clarke, Yingna Lu – Fremantle (ABC)
Turn Up The Volume – Philippa Campey, Amanda Higgs, Rachel Davis – Matchbox Pictures and Film Camp (ABC)