You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

‘Snowtown’ high on five wins at first Aussie Acad awards

'Red Dog' fetches best pic honor

SYDNEY — Real-crime drama “Snowtown” led the kudo wins but it was feelgood local hit “Red Dog” that fetched top honors as best pic at the inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night.

“Red Dog” was the biggest local pic of last year at the box office, with a boffo $22.3 million haul.

“Snowtown” took home best director for Justin Kurzel; actor for Daniel Henshall, as serial killer John Bunting; supporting actress for Louise Harris, one of the many non-pros tapped for the film; adapted screenplay kudo for Shaun Grant, and best sound and editing.

Kurzel praised the non-pros and the “synchronicity” of meeting Harris in a shopping mall.

He added that, although the pic was criticized Down Under for opening old wounds, it was being well received internationally.

“It was just released in the UK and it did really well over there and it seems to be a story that people overseas find really compelling and different,” Kurzel said.

Pic opens Stateside in March.

Judy Davis snagged best actress for “The Eye of the Storm” while Hugo Weaving won best supporting actor for “Oranges and Sunshine.”

AACTA was created last summer to replace the Australian Film Institute, which had repped the industry for over 50 years.

The AACTA awards replaced the AFI awards and introduced a new international component that was presented in Los Angeles on Friday evening by AACTA prexy Geoffrey Rush.

Rush was on hand for the Sydney kudocast as was AACTA ambassador Cate Blanchett.

More Film

  • village rockstars TIFF

    Village Rockstars,' ‘Summer 1993’ win Mumbai Film Festival

    SYDNEY — Real-crime drama “Snowtown” led the kudo wins but it was feelgood local hit “Red Dog” that fetched top honors as best pic at the inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night. “Red Dog” was the biggest local pic of last year at the […]

  • Vivien Leigh

    Vivien Leigh Biopic in Works From 'Feud: Bette and Joan' Writers (EXCLUSIVE)

    SYDNEY — Real-crime drama “Snowtown” led the kudo wins but it was feelgood local hit “Red Dog” that fetched top honors as best pic at the inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night. “Red Dog” was the biggest local pic of last year at the […]

  • Bill Nighy

    Film News Roundup: Bill Nighy, Jack Lowden to Star in Comedy 'Made in Italy'

    SYDNEY — Real-crime drama “Snowtown” led the kudo wins but it was feelgood local hit “Red Dog” that fetched top honors as best pic at the inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night. “Red Dog” was the biggest local pic of last year at the […]

  • Busan: Director Kamila Andini on Balancing

    Busan: Director Kamila Andini on Balancing Motherhood and Filmmaking

    SYDNEY — Real-crime drama “Snowtown” led the kudo wins but it was feelgood local hit “Red Dog” that fetched top honors as best pic at the inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night. “Red Dog” was the biggest local pic of last year at the […]

  • VidAngel logo

    VidAngel Declares Bankruptcy to Put Copyright Fight on Hold

    SYDNEY — Real-crime drama “Snowtown” led the kudo wins but it was feelgood local hit “Red Dog” that fetched top honors as best pic at the inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night. “Red Dog” was the biggest local pic of last year at the […]

  • Morgan Freeman Colin Powell

    Morgan Freeman to Play Colin Powell in Biopic

    SYDNEY — Real-crime drama “Snowtown” led the kudo wins but it was feelgood local hit “Red Dog” that fetched top honors as best pic at the inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night. “Red Dog” was the biggest local pic of last year at the […]

  • Channing Tatum

    Channing Tatum Pulls Sexual Abuse Movie, Cutting Ties With Weinstein Company

    SYDNEY — Real-crime drama “Snowtown” led the kudo wins but it was feelgood local hit “Red Dog” that fetched top honors as best pic at the inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night. “Red Dog” was the biggest local pic of last year at the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content