The Inaugural AACTA Winners

An interesting ceremony (to say the least) saw the announcement of the inaugural AACTA Awards in Sydney. I’ll refrain from any analysis, as our Twitter account really said it all. Criticisms aside, whether it is an Institute or an Academy, it is important to highlight, acknowledge and celebrate the best in Australian cinema.

The winners were:


Best Film: Red Dog

Best Direction: Justin Kurzel, Snowtown

Best Original Screenplay: Leon Ford, Griff the Invisible

Best Adapted Screenplay: Shaun Grant, Snowtown

Best Lead Actor: Daniel Henshall, Snowtown

Best Lead Actress: Judy Davis, The Eye of the Storm

Best Supporting Actor: Hugo Weaving, Oranges and Sunshine

Best Supporting Actress: Louise Harris, Snotown

Best Editing: Veronika Jenet, Snowtown

Best Cinematography: Robert Humphreys, The Hunter

Best Original Score: Matteo Zingales, Michael Lira, Andrew Lancaser, The Hunter

Best Production Design: Melinda Doring, The Eye of the Storm

Best Costume Design: Terry Ryan, The Eye of the Storm

Best Sound: Frank Lipson, Andrew McGrath, Des Kenneally, Michael Carden, John Simpson, Erin McKimm, Snowtown

Best Visual Effects: Grant Freckelton, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoolwe


Best Feature Length Documentary: Mrs Carey’s Concert. Bob Connolly, Helen Panckhurst, Sophie Raymond

Best Documentary Under One Hour: Jandamarra’s War. Andrew Ogilvie, Andrea Quesnelle, Eileen Torres.

Best Documentary Series: SAS ‐ The Search for Warriors. Julia Redwood, Ed Punchard.

Best Direction in a Documentary: Bob Connolly, Sophie Raymond, Mrs Carey’s Concert

Best Cinematography in a Documentary: David Parer, Out Of The Ashes

Best Editing in a Documentary: Bryan Mason, Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure

Best Sound in a Documentary: Emma Bortignon, Michael Letho, Peter Smith, Christopher O’Young,
Simon Walbrook, murundak ‐ songs of freedom


Best Short Animation: Nullarbor Alister Lockhart, Patrick Sarell, Katrina Mathers, Merrin Jensen, Darly Munton

Best Short Fiction Film: The Palace, Kate Croser, Anthony Maras, Andros Achilleos

Best Screenplay in a Short Film: The Palace, Anthony Maras


Best Drama Series: East West 101, Season 3

Best Comedy Series: Laid

Best Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series: The Slap

Best Light Entertainment Series: The Gruen Transfer, Series 4

Best Children’s Series: My Place

Best Direction: Matthew Saville, The Slap: Episode 3 “Harry”

Best Screenplay: Brendan Cowell, The Slap: Episode 3 “Harry”

Best Lead Actor in a Drama: Alex Dimitriades, The Slap

Best Lead Actress in a Drama: Sarah Snook, Sisters of War

Best Guest/Supporting Actor in a Drama: Richard Cawthorne, Killing Time

Best Guest/Supporting Actress in a Drama: Diana Glenn, The Slap

Best Performance in a Comedy: Chris Lilley, Angry Boys

Outstanding Achievement in Television Screen Craft: Herbert Pinter, Production Design, Cloudstreet

Switched On Audience Choice, Best Television Program: Packed to the Rafters

Switched On Audience Choice, Best Performance in a Drama: Asher Keddie, Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo


Best Film: The Artist

Best Direction: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best Screenplay: J.C. Chandor, Margin Call and George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimom, The Ides of March TIE

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady


Best Young Actor: Laura Robinson, Cloudstreet

Raymond Longford Award: Don McAlpine

Bryon Kennedy Award: Ivan Sen

Nicole Kidman presents Meryl Streep with the International AACTA Award for Best Actress in "The Iron Lady"
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