'Spagnola' nabs 11 noms in craft, acting categories

A complex adult drama starring Geoffrey Rush and Anthony LaPaglia has topped the nomination list for the Australian Film Institute Awards, to be held Nov. 16.

“Lantana” scooped 13 noms, including at least one in all the key categories: film (producer Jan Chapman); helmer (Ray Lawrence); actor (LaPaglia); actress (Kerry Armstrong); supporting actor (Vince Colosimo); supporting actresses (Rachael Blake, Daniela Farinacci); and adapted script (Andrew Bovell).

An ultra-low-budget drama about an immigrant family’s struggle to adapt to life in Australia, “La Spagnola” drew 11 nominations accrued in craft and acting categories. They included two actress noms (teenager Alice Ansara, Spanish thesp Lola Marceli), supporting actor (Alex Dimitriades) and supporting actress (Lourdes Bartolome).

“Moulin Rouge” kicked up 10 nominations including film, actor (Ewan McGregor), actress (Nicole Kidman), supporting actor (Richard Roxburgh) and director (Baz Luhrmann).

A drama about an ordinary man’s attempt to bring down a financial institution, “The Bank” secured nine noms including film, director (Robert Connolly) and actor (David Wenham). “The Dish,” the highest grossing local film in the 12 months to October 2001, was also nominated for best film but drew only one other nomination — for Edmund Choi’s score.

“Mullet,” a low-budget small-town drama, which achieved moderate B.O., attracted five nominations in key categories; aboriginal drama “Yolngu Boy” was nominated in three key craft categories. The Seven Network will broadcast the awards live from the Melbourne Exhibition Buildings.

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