Thirteen feature films received nominations for this year’s Australian Film Institute Awards, the equivalent of the Oscars Down Under.

Leading the field is “Hotel Sorrento” with 10 nominations, followed by “That Eye the Sky” with nine and “Mushrooms” and “Angel Baby” with seven each.

The nominations were announced during a ceremony Aug. 9 in Sydney by actors Bill Hunter and Sonia Todd with federal Communications and Arts minister Michael Lee.

Best film nominees are John Maynard’s “All Men Are Liars,” Timothy White’s and Jonathan Shteinman’s “Angel Baby,” Richard Franklin’s “Hotel Sorrento,” and Peter Beilby’s and Grainne Marmion’s “That Eye the Sky.”

Helmer nods

Best director nominees are Michael Rymer for “Angel Baby,” Franklin, “Hotel Sorrento”; John Ruane, “That Eye the Sky”; and Margo Nash, “Vacant Possession.”

Best actor nominations went to John Jarratt for his cross-dressing role in “All Men Are Liars,” John Lynch, “Angel Baby”; John Moore, “The Life of Harry Dare”; and Aden Young, “Metal Skins.”

Best actress nominees are Caroline Gillmer and Caroline Goodall for “Hotel Sorrento”; Lisa Harrow, “That Eye the Sky”; and Jacqueline McKenzie, “Angel Baby.”

“We will hear much more about some of these films when they are released later in the year. Meanwhile, they will all tour in the Australian Film Festival, which tours seven cities between Aug. 23 and Sept. 27,” said Australian Film Institute chief executive Ruth Jones.

The awards will be presented at a televised ceremony in the Melbourne Town Hall on Nov. 10.

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