The second installment of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts AACTA Awards ceremony took place in Sydney Wednesday evening local time with Lion continuing its dominance over the film categories, and Top Of The Lake: China Girl taking key wins for TV. Those include kudos for Nicole Kidman in both.
Kidman took the Best Supporting Actress nod for Lion which was named Best Film. It also picked up trophies for Garth Davis’ direction and Dev Patel’s supporting turn. Notably, nine-year-old Sunny Pawar was named Best Lead Actor making him the youngest winner ever in the category.
The total wins for Lion across the two nights is 12, meaning the film swept all eligible categories. Due to the release calendar, Lion last January won two AACTA International Awards, one each for Patel and Kidman. The See-Saw Films production was released by Transmission in Oz where it has grossed $22.3M.
Iain Canning and Emile Sherman’s See-Saw had a good night in Sydney with Top Of The Lake: China Girl also sweeping its TV races. It won for Best Television Drama Series, Best Lead Actress Elisabeth Moss and Best Guest or Supporting Actor Ewen Leslie. Kidman was named Best Guest or Supporting Actress.
Hugo Weaving received his first AACTA Award in a television category, winning Best Lead Actor in a Drama for Matchbox Pictures’ Seven Types Of Ambiguity.
The inaugural AACTA Award for Best Asian Film went to Aamir Khan-starring wrestling drama Dangal, a massive worldwide hit with over $300M at the box office.
Phillip Noyce, who announced plans to make WWII drama Rats Of Tobruk, was honored with the Longford Lyell Award for Lifetime Achievement. See below for the full list of winners from today, and here for those announced earlier this week.
LION, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Angie Fielder
LION, Garth Davis
BEST LEAD ACTOR
Sunny Pawar, Lion
BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Emma Booth, Hounds Of Love
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Dev Patel, Lion
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Nicole Kidman, Lion
BEST ASIAN FILM
DANGAL, Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Siddharth Roy Kapur
BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES
TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Jane Campion, Philippa Campbell, Libby Sharpe (Foxtel/BBC First)
BEST TELEFEATURE OR MINI SERIES
SUNSHINE, Ian Collie, Anna McLeish, Sarah Shaw (SBS)
BEST LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION SERIES
AUSTRALIAN NINJA WARRIOR, Julie Ward, Mark Barlin, Sophia Mogford (Nine Network)
BEST LIFESTYLE TELEVISION PROGRAM
SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA, Geoff Fitzpatrick, Duane Hatherly (Foxtel/Lifestyle)
BEST REALITY TELEVISION SERIES
MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA, Marty Benson, Adam Fergusson, Tim Toni (Network Ten)
BEST CHILDREN’S TELEVISION SERIES
LITTLE LUNCH – THE SPECIALS, Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope (ABC)
BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Hugo Weaving, Seven Types Of Ambiguity (ABC)
BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Elisabeth Moss, Top Of The Lake: China Girl (Foxtel/BBC First)
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION COMEDY
Celia Pacquola, Rosehaven (ABC)
BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Ewen Leslie, Top Of The Lake: China Girl (Foxtel/BBC First)
BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Nicole Kidman, Top Of The Lake: China Girl (Foxtel/BBC First)
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN TELEVISION
SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY Episode 2 – Alex, Jacquelin Perske (ABC)
LONGFORD LYELL AWARD
BYRON KENNEDY AWARD
Martin Butler, Bentley Dean