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‘Gatsby,’ ‘Rocket,’ ‘Lake’ Top AACTA Awards Nominations

Prize show to acknowledge Australian talent

SINGAPORE – “The Great Gatsby” and “The Rocket” emerged as front-runners in the race for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards. In the television categories “Top of the Lake” came top of the pile with 12 nominations.

Baz Luhrmann’s film earned 14 nominations, Kim Mordaunt’s claimed 12.

Other best film nominees include “Dead Europe,” “Mystery Road,” “Satellite Boy,” and “The Turning.”

“The film and television productions that have been acknowledged this year are so incredibly diverse and as an ensemble illustrate our breadth of screen talent operating across the nation,” AFI | AACTA CEO, Damian Trewhella, said in a prepared statement.

‘Nominated work includes feature length projects shot on the east coast of Australia (“Adoration’), the West coast of Australia (‘Drift’), the outback (‘Mystery Road’) and in Tasmania (‘Goddess’). Stories filmed on international locations are also prevalent, including ‘The Rocket,’ ‘Dead Europe,’ ‘Mrs Biggs,’ ‘Top of The Lake,’ ‘Red Obsession,’ and ‘I Am A Girl.’ Seen alongside magical urban tales such as ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Offspring,’ this year’s nominated work spans genres from drama, to musical, art house to thriller, romance and Australian westerns.”

The Awards will be presented at an Awards Luncheon on Jan. 28, 2014 and at the AACTA Award Ceremony on Jan. 30 both at The Star Event Centre, Sydney.

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