Australian Academy Crowns 'Red Dog' Best Film; 'Snowtown' Nabs Multiple Prizes

Family film Red Dog won the best picture prize at Oz’s inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and TV Arts awards on Tuesday night in Sydney. The film stars Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor and Keisha Castle-Hughes and was 2011’s top-grossing local pic at the Australian box office. The big winner, however, was Justin Kurzel’s serial killer thriller Snowtown taking prizes for directing, adapted screenplay, actor (Daniel Henshall) and supporting actress (Louise Harris). The film ran in Critics Week in Cannes last year and was acquired by IFC Midnight at the time. Judy Davis was named Best Actress for Fred Schepisi’s family drama The Eye Of The Storm which sold in the U.S. to Sycamore Entertainment earlier this month. Hugo Weaving was named Best Supporting Actor for drama Oranges and Sunshine. On the TV side, controversial series The Slap, based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas, took home prizes in the miniseries, directing, screenplay, lead actor and guest actor categories. DirecTV has US rights to the show while Sundance Channel has some foreign territories. The full list of winners can be found here.

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