Aussie awards honor Oz prod’ns

Blanchett, O'Connor, Weaving, Pearce up for prizes

SYDNEY — Nominations for the 47th Australian Film Institute Awards saw a pod of expat Aussie thesps rewarded for returning to work in the domestic biz.

Cate Blanchett, Frances O’Connor, Martin Henderson, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce grabbed noms ahead of the Nov. 26 kudocast.

A crowd of 300 attended the announcement in Sydney on Friday, with high-caliber titles and filmmakers in contention signaling a return to favor for the Oz industry and, therefore, the kudos, which have lucked luster since “Lantana” and “Moulin Rouge” went head to head in 2001.

Recovering heroin addict drama “Little Fish” topped the nom list with 13, Nick Cave-penned Western “The Proposition” took 12, “Look Both Ways” 11 and “Wolf Creek” seven.

The helmers of those four titles are in the running for the director prize, but “Oyster Farmer” nudged “Wolf Creek” out of the running for film.

“Three Dollars” took six noms, including actress for Frances O’Connor, but co-stars David Wenham and Sarah Wynter lost out to the high-caliber competition.

“Hating Alison Ashley” drew four noms but star Delta Goodrem was overlooked for her debut lead role.

In the television categories, paybox Foxtel nudged aside the free-to-air channels with seven noms for drama series “Love My Way,” part of the platform’s push to lure subscribers with compelling, exclusive programming.

ABC’s medico legal drama “MDA” took five noms, as did the web’s new hit sketch series “We Can Be Heroes.” Comedy “John Safran vs. God” took four noms.

Telepic “The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant” (Network Ten) received seven noms, and three went to “Through My Eyes” (Seven Network), “Little Oberon” (Nine Network) and “Hell Has Harbour Views” (ABC).

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