Aussie awards fete Cave, Watt, Blanchett

SYDNEY — Helmer John Hillcoat’s gritty Oz-based Western “The Proposition” collected four honors, including the film prize, at Australia’s Independent Film Awards on Wednesday at Sydney’s Luna Park.

Songwriter Nick Cave missed out on the script award for his debut effort on the pic but picked up kudos for music, while Benoit Delhomme took kudos for cinematography and Chris Kennedy was honored for production design. Pic was nommed in nine categories.

Sarah Watt won director and script awards for “Look Both Ways,” about people confronting a variety of crises in the wake of a train accident.

Cate Blanchett won for actress for her role in Rowan Woods’ recovering heroin addiction drama “Little Fish.” Hugo Weaving took the actor trophy for portraying Blanchett’s stepdad in the film.

Billed as the People’s Choice awards for film, the seven-year-old IFs are second in stature to the Australian Film Institute Awards, to be staged in Melbourne this weekend.

Historically, the Independent Film Awards do not indicate how the prizes will be handed out at the jury-voted AFIs, which have been revamped this year under new topper Geoffrey Williams.

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