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‘Lion’ and Nicole Kidman Dominate Australia’s AACTA Awards

Lion” picked up a further five prizes at the Australian Academy of Cinematic and Television Arts Awards. Its haul included best picture and best director for Garth Davis.

The prizes were presented Wednesday evening at the Star Event Centre in Sydney. Earlier in the week at a prize-giving lunch, “Lion” made a clean sweep of the technical awards, winning in all seven categories for which it was nominated. In total, the film, which was backed and presented by The Weinstein Co., won 12 AACTA awards.

The cast of “Lion” was richly rewarded. Nicole Kidman was named best supporting actress, Dev Patel was named best supporting actor, and child star Sunny Pawar was named best actor, becoming the youngest-ever recipient. Kidman won a second acting prize, for best guest or supporting actress in a TV drama, with “Top of the Lake: China Girl.” The series also earned a best actress award for Elisabeth Moss and a best guest or supporting actor in a TV series award for Ewen Leslie.

The prize for best actress in a film role went to Emma Booth for her role as a serial killer in “Hounds of Love.” Hugo Weaving earned an award for best actor in a TV drama with his role in “Seven Types of Ambiguity.”

The inaugural AACTA Award for best Asian film was awarded to Indian drama “Dangal,” with Russell Crowe and Rachel Griffiths on hand to make the presentation.

The Longford Lyell Award was presented to Australian film director Phillip Noyce by Sam Neill and Tianna Sainsbury, with video and in-person tributes from Harrison Ford, Michael Caine, Jeff Bridges, Gillian Armstrong, David Stratton, Liev Schrieber, and Thora Birch.

The awards this year have brushed up against the sex harassment scandals sweeping through the entertainment industry. Geoffrey Rush, one of Australia’s best-known actors, on Saturday resigned as president of AACTA following allegations that he had behaved inappropriately while starring in a production two years ago at the Sydney Theatre Company. Rush denies the claims, and Griffiths defended him, telling Australian media that “Geoffrey Rush is no Harvey Weinstein, and I’ve had more than a handful of interactions with Harvey Weinstein.”

Armstrong, on the red carpet, said: “On behalf of all women, this problem is not just in the film industry.”

2017 AACTA Awards
AACTA Longford Lyell Award
Phillip Noyce

AACTA Trailblazer Award
Simon Baker

Byron Kennedy Award
Martin Butler, Bentley Dean

Feature Film
AACTA Award For Best Film
“Lion” Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Angie Fielder

AACTA Award For Best Direction
“Lion” Garth Davis

AACTA Award For Best Lead Actor
Sunny Pawar “Lion”

AACTA Award For Best Lead Actress
Emma Booth “Hounds Of Love”

AACTA Award For Best Supporting Actor
Dev Patel “Lion”

AACTA Award For Best Supporting Actress
Nicole Kidman “Lion”

AACTA Award for Best Asian Film
“Dangal” Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Siddharth Roy Kapur

Television
AACTA Award For Best Television Drama Series
“Top Of The Lake: China Girl” Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Jane Campion, Philippa Campbell, Libby Sharpe – Foxtel/BBC First

AACTA Award For Best Telefeature Or Mini Series
“Sunshine” Ian Collie, Anna Mcleish, Sarah Shaw – SBS

AACTA Award For Best Television Comedy Series
“Utopia” Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch, Michael Hirsh – ABC

AACTA Award For Best Light Entertainment Television Series
“Australian Ninja Warrior” Julie Ward, Mark Barlin, Sophia Mogford – Nine Network

AACTA Award For Best Lifestyle Television Program
“Selling Houses Australia” Geoff Fitzpatrick, Duane Hatherly – Foxtel/Lifestyle

AACTA Award For Best Reality Television Series
“Masterchef Australia” Marty Benson, Adam Fergusson, Tim Toni – Network Ten

AACTA Award For Best Children’s Television Series
“Little Lunch – The Specials” Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope – ABC

AACTA Award For Best Lead Actor In A Television Drama
Hugo Weaving “Seven Types Of Ambiguity” – ABC

AACTA Award For Best Lead Actress In A Television Drama
Elisabeth Moss “Top Of The Lake: China Girl” – Foxtel/BBC First

AACTA Award For Best Performance In A Television Comedy
Celia Pacquola “Rosehaven” – ABC

AACTA Award For Best Guest Or Supporting Actor In A Television Drama
Ewen Leslie “Top Of The Lake: China Girl” – Foxtel/BBC First

AACTA Award For Best Guest Or Supporting Actress In A Television Drama
Nicole Kidman “Top Of The Lake: China Girl” – Foxtel/BBC First

AACTA Award For Best Direction In A Television Drama Or Comedy
“Seven Types Of Ambiguity” Episode 2 – Alex Glendyn Ivin – ABC

AACTA Award For Best Direction In A Television Light Entertainment, Lifestyle Or Reality Series
“Australian Survivor” Episode 1 Richard Franc – Network Ten

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