Pictured above: The cast and Endemol Shine production team from Peter Allen – Not The Boy Next Door after receiving one of their seven AACTA Awards (L-R): Rob Mills, Deb Peart (editor), Shawn Seet (director), Christie Whelan Browne, Sara West, Joel Jackson, Ky Baldwin, Kerrie Mainwaring (executive producer), Sigrid Thornton and Mark Fennessy (Endmol Shine CEO)Australia’s film and television talent was honoured at the 5th AACTA Awards Ceremony presented by Presto, held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney last night.
Most of the ceremony was broadcast on Seven at 8.30pm Wednesday, but a few key segments were edited out to allow Seven to package the event into just over two hours of airtime. An encore screening will follow on Foxtel Movies Masterpiece channel on Friday 11 December at 10.15pm.
Among the show highlights was the presentation of Australia’s highest screen accolade, the AACTA Longford Lyell Award, to Cate Blanchett, who received tributes from some of the world’s biggest names in film, including Martin Scorsese, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Robert Redford, Ridley Scott and Ron Howard.
Mad Max: Fury Road continued its winning run in the 5th AACTA Awards season. Following six wins at last week’s industry awards, the global hit received two more awards: the AACTA Award for Best Direction went to George Miller and the AACTA Award for Best Film was awarded to Miller along with Doug Mitchell and PJ Voeten.
Following its win for Best Costume Design at the industry awards, The Dressmaker scooped three more awards, as well as the AACTA People’s Choice Award for Favourite Australian Film, totalling five wins for the 5th AACTA Awards season.
The Seven Network’s Shine Australia-produced Peter Allen – Not The Boy Next Door received all five of the awards for which it was competing, making it the most awarded television production of the 5th AACTA Awards season and bringing its total number of awards to seven, following two industry awards.
Following its recently announced partnership with the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA), which will see AACTA extend its subscription television awards as of next year, AACTA announced the winner of its special one-off AACTA Subscription Television 20th Anniversary Award for Best Drama, as judged by a select group of television writers and critics. Love My Way took the Award over other past AFI and AACTA Award winners and nominees, Devil’s Playground, Top Of The Lake and Wentworth. Foxtel’s executive director of television Brian Walsh and Love My Way star and co-producer Claudia Karvan accepted the award.
AACTA LONGFORD LYELL AWARD
• Cate Blanchett
BYRON KENNEDY AWARD
• Adam Arkapaw
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION COMEDY SERIES
• SHAUN MICALLEF’S MAD AS HELL Shaun Micallef, Peter Beck – ABC
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST REALITY TELEVISION SERIES
• MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA Margaret Bashfield, Marty Benson, Tim Toni, Rob Wallace
– Network Ten
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES
• GLITCH Tony Ayres, Louise Fox, Ewan Burnett – ABC
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEFEATURE OR MINI SERIES
• PETER ALLEN – NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR Kerrie Mainwaring, Rory Callaghan – Seven Network
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN TELEVISION
• PETER ALLEN – NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR Episode 2 Michael Miller – Seven Network
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Joel Jackson PETER ALLEN – NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR – Seven Network
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Pamela Rabe WENTWORTH SERIES 3 – FOXTEL – SoHo
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Ky Baldwin PETER ALLEN – NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR Episode 1 – Seven Network
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
• Sigrid Thornton PETER ALLEN – NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR Episode 1 – Seven Network
AACTA SUBSCRIPTION TELEVISION 20TH ANNIVERSARY AWARD FOR BEST DRAMA
• LOVE MY WAY
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM PRESENTED BY PRESTO
• MAD MAX: FURY ROAD Doug Mitchell, PJ Voeten, George Miller
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION PRESENTED BY HYUNDAI GENESIS
• MAD MAX: FURY ROAD George Miller
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR
• Michael Caton LAST CAB TO DARWIN
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS
• Kate Winslet THE DRESSMAKER
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
• Hugo Weaving THE DRESSMAKER
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
• Judy Davis THE DRESSMAKER
AACTA PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FOR FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN FILM
• THE DRESSMAKER