Lion took home seven awards at yesterday’s AACTA Industry Luncheon, winning in all seven categories in which it was nominated, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Original Music Score, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design.
Some 35 awards were given away at yesterday’s event, with the remainder to be presented at the ceremony tomorrow evening. Lion is up for another five gongs, including Best Film and Best Direction for Garth Davis, for whom the film was his feature debut.
Ali’s Wedding picked up the only other feature film award given away at the craft awards yesterday, Best Original Screenplay, recognising the work of Andrew Knight and Osamah Sami. It was the second consecutive win in the category for Knight, who last year took home the award for Hacksaw Ridge with Robert Schenkkan.
In television, Seven Types of Ambiguity dominated the luncheon, with Glendyn Ivin taking home Best Direction in a TV Drama or Comedy, Rodrigo Balart Best Editing in Television and DOP Bonnie Elliott Best Cinematography in Television.
Elliott was one of two female cinematographers to be celebrated at the event, with Jody Muston also taking home Best Cinematography in a Documentary for Blue with Jon Shaw.
In documentary, Whiteley took home the majority of the awards, including Best Direction in a Documentary, Best Editing in A Documentary, Best Original Music Score and Best Sound in a Documentary.
However, Kitty Green’s Casting JonBenet pipped the film for Best Feature Documentary, while the ABC’s War on Waste won Best Documentary Television Program.
Twins Danny and Michael Philippou, aka RackaRacka, took home the Academy’s inaugural award for Best Online Video.
Cleverman took home Best Hair and Makeup for the second year running, and VFX maestros Iloura once again won Best Visual Effects or Animation for their work on Game of Thrones.
This year’s event followed AACTA president Geoffrey Rush’s decision to voluntarily step aside from his role over the weekend, after reports that the actor was subject to a complaint of “inappropriate behaviour” during his time with the Sydney Theatre Company. Rush has denied the allegation.
In a statement issued Saturday, AACTA said it accepted and respected Rush’s decision to step aside as president.
“We have been deeply concerned about the situation and support a course of action that both respects Geoffrey’s rights to the presumption of innocence and due process, but also acknowledges good corporate governance in these circumstances,” the statement said.
The AACTA Awards Ceremony will be held Wednesday December 6 at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.
The full list of winners:
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION COMEDY SERIES
UTOPIA Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch, Michael Hirsh – ABC
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN’S TELEVISION SERIES
LITTLE LUNCH – THE SPECIALS Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope – ABC
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
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN TELEVISION
SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY Episode 1 – Joe Bonnie Elliott – ABC
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SOUND IN TELEVISION
WAKE IN FRIGHT Episode 1 – Part 1 Stephen Smith, Liam Price, Paul Brincat, Shanti Burn, Tony Murtagh – Network Ten
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE IN TELEVISION
WAKE IN FRIGHT Episode 1 – Part 1 Antony Partos, Matteo Zingales – Network Ten
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN IN TELEVISION
A PLACE TO CALL HOME Episode 2 – Fallout Fiona Donovan Foxtel/Showcase
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN IN TELEVISION
BLUE MURDER: KILLER COP Episode 1 – Part One Damir Peranovic – Seven Network
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
ALI’S WEDDING Andrew Knight, Osamah Sami
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
LION Luke Davies
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
LION Greig Fraser
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST EDITING
LION Alexandre de Franceschi
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SOUND
LION Robert Mackenzie, Glenn Newnham, Nakul Kamte, Andrew Ramage, James Ashton, Mario Vaccaro
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
LION Volker Bertelmann, Dustin O’Halloran
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
LION Chris Kennedy
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN
LION Cappi Ireland
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
CASTING JONBENÉT Kitty Green, Scott Macaulay, James Schamus
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY TELEVISION PROGRAM
WAR ON WASTE Jodi Boylan – ABC
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY
WHITELEY James Bogle
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A DOCUMENTARY
BLUE Jody Muston, Jon Shaw
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST EDITING IN A DOCUMENTARY
WHITELEY Lawrie Silvestrin
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SOUND IN A DOCUMENTARY
WHITELEY Ric Curtin, John Simpson, Lawrie Silvestrin
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE IN A DOCUMENTARY
WHITELEY Ash Gibson Greig
ONLINE VIDEO OR SERIES
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ONLINE VIDEO OR SERIES
RACKARACKA Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou, Judd Wild, Timani Seve
VISUAL EFFECTS OR ANIMATION
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST VISUAL EFFECTS OR ANIMATION
GAME OF THRONES – THE SPOILS OF WAR Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Glenn Melenhorst, Ineke Majoor, Josh Simmonds – Foxtel/Showcase
HAIR AND MAKEUP
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP
CLEVERMAN Katherine Brown, Troy Follington, Simon Joseph – ABC
AACTA SUBSCRIPTION TELEVISION AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE PRESENTER
Margaret Pomeranz STAGE & SCREEN – Foxtel/Arts
AACTA SUBSCRIPTION TELEVISION AWARD FOR BEST MALE PRESENTER
David Speers PM AGENDA/SPEERS TONIGHT – Foxtel/Sky News
AACTA SUBSCRIPTION TELEVISION AWARD FOR BEST LIVE EVENT PRODUCTION
JEFF HORN V MANNY PACQUIAO Steve Crawley, Matt Weiss, Joe Bromham – Foxtel/Fox Sports
AACTA SUBSCRIPTION TELEVISION AWARD FOR BEST NEW TALENT
Zahra Newman WENTWORTH – Foxtel/Showcase
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT ANIMATION
LOST PROPERTY OFFICE Daniel Agdag, Liz Kearney
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FICTION FILM
THE ELEVEN O’CLOCK Derin Seale, Josh Lawson, Karen Bryson