7th AACTA Award winners announced in Sydney
Stars of the big and small screen came together to celebrate Australia’s top screen achievements at
the 7th AACTA Awards Ceremony presented by Foxtel, held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.
Also receiving her third consecutive AACTA Award was Celia Pacquola, whose performance in
ROSEHAVEN saw her take home the Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy.
TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL swept the television categories this evening, receiving four Awards
including Best Television Drama Series. Joining their Award winning co-star Nicole Kidman, Emmy and
Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss and Ewen Leslie took home the AACTA Awards for Best Lead Actress
in a Television Drama and Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama, respectively.
Other television awards went to: SUNSHINE for Best Telefeature or Mini Series, AUSTRALIAN NINJA
WARRIOR for Best Light Entertainment Series, SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA for Best Lifestyle Television
Series, SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY for Best Screenplay in Television and MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA,
which won Best Reality Television Series for the third consecutive year.
The inaugural AACTA Award for Best Asian Film presented by PR Asia was awarded to Indian sports drama
DANGAL, presented on stage by Best Asian Film Grand Jury President and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe
and Golden Globe winner Rachel Griffiths.
Australia’s highest screen accolade, the Longford Lyell Award, was presented to Australian film director
Phillip Noyce by Sam Neill and Tianna Sainsbury, with touching tributes from Harrison Ford, Michael
Caine, Jeff Bridges, Gillian Armstrong, David Stratton, Liev Schrieber, Thora Birch and Chris Haywood
Simon Baker accepted the AACTA Trailblazer Award, which recognises the achievements of an Australian
screen practitioner whose body of work has served as an inspiration to others. Among those who paid tribute
to the Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated actor were Bryan Brown, Ben Mendelsohn, Rachael Blake,
Marcus Graham and THE GUARDIAN co-stars Dabney Coleman and Alan Rosenberg.
Other highlights of the Ceremony included the presentation of the Byron Kennedy Award to filmmakers Martin
Butler and Bentley Dean, Guy Sebastian’s opening performance of Bloodstone, a medley of hits from
Aussie-rock legends The Angels and a touching In Memoriam tribute from Anthony Callea.
Some of Australia’s top film and television stars took to the stage to present Awards, including Gillian
Armstrong, Shane Jacobson, Paul Hogan, Pamela Rabe, Danielle Cormack, Stephen Curry, Noni
Hazlehurst, Marta Dusseldorp, Tom Gleeson, Melina Vidler, Angourie Rice, Nicholas Hamilton and Best
Asian Film Grand Juror Anupam Kher.
Guests and nominees attending included: Margaret Pomeranz, Radha Mitchell, Best Asian Film Grand
Jurors Shabana Azmi and Ye Liu, David Berry, Jessica McNamee, Samara Weaving, Debra Lawrance,
Jack Thompson, Jacqueline McKenzie, Lincoln Lewis, Shaynna Blaze, Abby Earl and Adam Liaw.
Congratulating this year’s Award recipients, AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said, “In a year that saw
our industry deliver some of the strongest and most diverse stories we’ve ever seen, we are delighted to see
such a varied slate of productions, people and performances recognised.
NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said the AACTA Awards are supported by the NSW Government via
its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. “Film and television are part of our national culture
and identity, and the AACTAs take this to the world by promoting our best screen productions and creative
talent. The depth of our screen talent is extraordinary, as this year’s winners have shown, with our creative
individuals rightly taking their place alongside the very best in the world.”
(Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images for AFI)
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