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‘Carol’ Ahead in Australia’s AACTA Int’l Awards Nominations

Todd Haynes’ “Carol,” starring Australian actress Cate Blanchett, picked up five nominations for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ AACTA International Awards.

The lesbian drama earned nominations on Wednesday for best film, best screenplay, best direction, for Blanchett as best actress, and for Rooney Mara as best supporting actress.

“The Big Short” attracted the second most attention, with nominations in four categories, including best film and best direction.

The five pictures in contention for best film also include Australian director George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Revenant,” and “Spotlight.”

“Mad Max,” “The Revenant,” Steve Jobs,” and “The Martian” each received three nominations Miller and “Mad Max” won best director and best film prizes in AACTA’s domestic awards last month. Blanchett received the Longford Lyell Award, considered the highest honor in Australian cinema.

“The AACTA International Awards add a unique Australian voice to the international discussion of screen excellence. On the one hand, our young Academy’s Awards have become a reliable early forecaster of which performers, practitioners and productions will be recognized by our international peers via the Oscars and the BAFTAs,” said AFI /AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella.

The AACTA International Awards will be announced in Los Angeles on Jan. 29.

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