ROMA TAKES BEST FILM AND DIRECTION AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

Nicole Kidman wins Best Supporting Actress and Olivia Colman wins Best Lead Actress at the 8th AACTA International Awards.

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has announced the winners of the 8th AACTA International Awards at a star-studded Ceremony held at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles.

Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA added another two Awards to its growing list of accolades, winning the AACTA International Awards for Best Film and Best Direction. Cuarón, who won the same two awards in 2014 for GRAVITY, now holds the record for the most AACTA International Award wins by an individual (a record previously held by Alejandro G. Iñárritu with three).

Also taking home two awards was period comedy-drama THE FAVOURITE, with Olivia Colman winning Best Lead Actress and writers Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara winning Best Screenplay.
Nicole Kidman continued her exceptional year, winning her second AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress for gay-conversion therapy drama BOY ERASED. Kidman also received the AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role at the domestic AACTA Awards in Sydney last month.
The remaining two performance awards went to first-time AACTA Award winners Rami Malek, who won Best Lead Actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, and Mahershala Ali, who won Best Supporting Actor for his performance as jazz pianist and composer Don Shirley in GREEN BOOK.
Nicole Kidman, Rami Malek, Glenn Close, Alfonso Cuarón, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski were among the nominees and VIP guests in attendance at the exclusive Ceremony.
Joining host Renee Bargh on stage to present awards were some of Australia’s leading film and television talent, including Alan Dale (DYNASTY, UGLY BETTY, NCIS), Mallory Jansen (AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D, GALAVANT), Danielle Macdonald (DUMPLIN’, BIRD BOX, PATTI CAKE$), Phillip Noyce (SALT, THE BONE COLLECTOR, THE QUIET AMERICAN), Peter Spierig (WINCHESTER, PREDESTINATION), Emma Booth (ONCE UPON A TIME, GODS OF EGYPT), and Hannah Gadsby. Gadsby was retrospectively presented with the AACTA Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy, which she won at the domestic AACTA Awards in Sydney last month for her critically acclaimed stand-up special NANETTE.
“This year’s winners are a truly international group, spanning continents, cultures and decades,” said AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella. “The AACTA International Awards continue to add a uniquely Australian voice to the international awards circuit and I congratulate all of this evening’s winners – with special congratulations to our Australian winners Nicole Kidman and Tony McNamara – and wish them every success throughout the upcoming awards season.”

Highlights from the 8th AACTA International Awards will be aired in Australia exclusively on Foxtel Arts, Foxtel’s high definition dedicated arts channel, on Wednesday 9 January at 7:30pm AEDT as part of SCREEN, followed by encores the following day on Foxtel Arts.

WINNERS AND NOMINEES
AACTA International Award for Best Film
A STAR IS BORN
BLACKKKLANSMAN
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
ROMA – WINNER
VICE

*** Nicolas Celis; Gabriela Rodriguez; Alfonso Cuaron


AACTA International Award for Best Direction

A STAR IS BORN – Bradley Cooper
BLACKKKLANSMAN – Spike Lee
THE FAVOURITE – Yorgos Lanthimos
ROMA – Alfonso Cuarón – WINNER
SWEET COUNTRY – Warwick Thornton

AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay

A QUIET PLACE – John Krasinski, Scott Beck, Bryan Woods
BLACKKKLANSMAN – Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY – Anthony McCarten
THE FAVOURITE – Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara – WINNER
ROMA – Alfonso Cuarón

AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actress
Glenn Close – THE WIFE
Olivia Colman – THE FAVOURITE – WINNER
Toni Collette – HEREDITARY
Lady Gaga – A STAR IS BORN
Nicole Kidman – DESTROYER

Rami Malek

AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actor
Christian Bale – VICE
Bradley Cooper – A STAR IS BORN
Hugh Jackman – THE FRONT RUNNER
Rami Malek – BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY – WINNER
Viggo Mortensen – GREEN BOOK

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – VICE
Emily Blunt – A QUIET PLACE
Claire Foy – FIRST MAN
Nicole Kidman – BOY ERASED – WINNER
Margot Robbie – MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Nicole Kidman

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali – GREEN BOOK – WINNER
Timothée Chalamet – BEAUTIFUL BOY
Joel Edgerton – BOY ERASED
Sam Elliott – A STAR IS BORN
Sam Rockwell – VICE

*** Hannah Gadsby

Photos by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for AFI

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