The 3rd AACTA Awards season is well underway  with the AACTA Awards Nominations Announcement to take place on Tuesday December 3 at The Star, and the Australian Academy released news today that actor Patrick Brammall will host the 3rd AACTA Awards Luncheon presented by Deluxe, on Tuesday January 28, 2014, at The Star Event Centre, Sydney.
The handsome and entertaining Mr. Brammall, known for his work on ABC comedies, Upper Middle Bogan and A Moody Christmas, and the Nine Network miniseries, Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story, is no stranger to the Awards and is himself an AACTA Award recipient. Brammall won the AACTA Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy earlier this year at the 2nd AACTA Awards Luncheon presented by Deluxe.
Patrick Brammall said, “I'm very excited to be hosting the 3rd AACTA Awards Luncheon presented by Deluxe. Receiving an AACTA Award last year was also a great honour, and it's now been topped by being asked to host the 3rdAACTA Awards Luncheon. Together with Deluxe, I'm really hoping to paint the ceremony red! …oh, sorry, that's Dulux….please don't put that in the press release. See you all from the stage on January 28th! Can someone make sure it says in the press release that I'm handsome?”
Managing Director of Deluxe, Alaric McAusland said, “The AACTA Awards are the flagship event for the Australian film and television industry and we are delighted to continue our support for the Australian Academy and their annual Awards in 2014. Australia's on-screen and behind the scenes talent is the envy of the world, they continue to make a massive creative contribution to the global entertainment industry and it is imperative that we recognise and celebrate their achievements across all storytelling disciplines so this continues.”As part of his official duties, Brammall will welcome to the stage many industry Award recipients including those to receive one of the six new television screen craft Awards: Best Cinematography in Television; Best Editing in Television; Best Sound in Television; Best Original Music Score in Television; Best Production Design in Television; and Best Costume Design in Television.
These Awards were introduced following a proposal submitted by a consortium of screen practitioners, performers, production companies and industry Guilds in 2012; led by Director/Producer Peter Andrikidis, whose work includes Underbelly and East West 101, and Editor Deborah Peart, whose recent work includes Puberty Blues and The Straits.
AFI | AACTA CEO, Damian Trewhella said, “The industry support for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, and the AACTA Awards which they bestow, is what makes them relevant. As the Academy has developed we’ve been very pleased with the interest and commitment of our industry members who have actively campaigned to ensure the Awards remain relevant and represent the best work of the Australian screen sector – for the benefit of the whole industry.”
The 3rd AACTA Awards Luncheon presented by Deluxe, will also include the presentation of the unique AACTA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects.
The AACTA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Effects will be presented to The Great Gatsby, represented by Visual Effects Supervisor Chris Godfrey who oversaw the work of the many local and international VFX teams who worked collaboratively to create breathtaking stereoscopic environments, animation and effects on the feature film. Four of these teams were from Australian companies: Animal Logic, Iloura, Rising Sun Pictures and Bazmark VFX.
AFI | AACTA CEO, Damian Trewhella said, “During this time of strategic evaluation in consultation with industry to establish a new approach to recognizing excellence in Visual Effects, we are delighted to be acknowledging such world class talent in the Australian screen arts industry.”
James Whitlam, Co-Chairman, Visual Effects Society (Australia Section) said "The Australian Section of the Visual Effects Society (VES), on behalf of its members, would like to thank the Australian Academy for continuing to acknowledge the value and the achievements of its committed VFX community. Recognising the artistry and determination of the many hundreds of Australians who work to the highest international level is of such great importance, especially at a time when Australia's Visual Effects capabilities play a critical role attracting large-scale inbound productions.
“The VES remains committed to working alongside other screen industry guilds and the Australian Academy to further refine the Visual Effects Award category and to ensure it remains representative of our sector’s contribution to the industry in the future." said Mr. Whitlam
NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris, today said, “The NSW Government, through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, is pleased to support the AACTA Awards in 2014. Sydney’s AACTA Awards shine a spotlight on the best of Australia’s film and television industry and consolidate our State’s position as a powerhouse of screen talent. Our investment in the 2014 AACTA Awards and the staging of them in Sydney re-affirms the NSW Government’s commitment to the NSW screen and creative industries, and further strengthens Sydney’s position as the creative and major events capital of Australia.”

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