Sapphires in running for 12 'Aussie Oscars'

<i>The Sapphires</i> leads the field with 12 nominations.
The Sapphires leads the field with 12 nominations.

THE hit musical The Sapphires has dominated the nominations for next year's Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.

Director Wayne Blair's debut film, about an indigenous girl group who rise from outback mission to become Vietnam War entertainers, leads the nominations for the country's equivalent of the Oscars with 12, including best film and direction.

Three of the cast are leading contenders for acting awards, with Deborah Mailman up for best actress, Chris O'Dowd for best actor and Jessica Mauboy for best supporting actress.

Up against The Sapphires for best film are Cate Shortland's German drama Lore, Kieran Darcy-Smith's Asian-holiday-goes-wrong tale Wish You Were Here and Jonathan Teplitzky's drama Burning Man, about a Bondi chef struggling with bereavement.

Despite a limited release which meant that it barely registered at the box office, Burning Man has been nominated for 10 awards, including Brit Matthew Goode as best actor and Essie Davis as best supporting actress.

Lore, about a teenage girl who leads her younger siblings across Germany at the end of World War II, is up for eight awards. German actress Saskia Rosendahl, who was 17 when she shot the film, is up for best young actor.

Two other films are also up for eight awards:

• As well as best film and director, Wish You Were Here has Joel Edgerton nominated for best actor, Felicity Price for best actress and Antony Starr up for best supporting actor. Price and Darcy-Smith are also in contention for best original screenplay.

• P.J. Hogan's comedy Mental, about a troubled family who are looked after by an equally troubled nanny, has Toni Collette up for best actress and Liev Shriever up for best supporting actor.

In the best actress field, Collette is up against Deborah Mailman, Felicity Price and Sarah Snook from Not Suitable For Children.

As well as Edgerton, Goode and O'Dowd, Guy Pearce rounds out the best actor nominations for 33 Postcards.

The television nominations confirmed it has been an exceptional year for indigenous production with recognition for both the series Redfern Now (five nominations) and the telemovie Mabo.

But the most nominated TV series was Puberty Blues with six, including acting nods for Ashleigh Cummings, Dan Wyllie, Susan Prior and Brenna Harding. It is also up for best television drama series against Redfern Now, Rake and Tangle.

Howzat! Kerry Packer's War, about the formation of World Series Cricket, is up for five awards including Lachy Hulme as best lead actor in a TV drama for playing Kerry Packer. Also nominated for acting awards are Mandy McElhinney, who played Packer's long suffering secretary, and Abe Forsyth, who was John "Strop" Cornell.

Vying for a new award of best reality TV series are My Kitchen Rules, Masterchef Australia, The Voice and The Amazing Race Australia.


Best young actor
Brenna Harding - Puberty Blues - Network Ten
Ed Oxenbould - Julian
Saskia Rosendahl - Lore
Lily Sullivan - Mental

Best visual effects
Iron Sky - Samuli Torssonen, Jussi Lehtiniemi, Juuso Kaari, Kelly Myers
Killer Elite - Ineke Majoor, Julian Dimsey
The Sapphires - James Rogers
Utopia Girls - How Women Won The Vote - Kylie Robertson, Rebecca Stegh, Monica Monin - ABC1

Raymond Longford Award
Al Clark


Best film
Burning Man - Andy Paterson, Jonathan Teplitzky
Lore - Karsten Stöter, Liz Watts, Paul Welsh, Benny Drechsel
The Sapphires - Rosemary Blight, Kylie du Fresne
Wish You Were Here - Angie Fielder

Best direction
Burning Man - Jonathan Teplitzky
Lore - Cate Shortland
The Sapphires - Wayne Blair
Wish You Were Here - Kieran Darcy-Smith

Best original screenplay
Burning Man - Jonathan Teplitzky
Mental - PJ Hogan
Not Suitable For Children - Michael Lucas
Wish You Were Here - Kieran Darcy-Smith, Felicity Price

Best adapted screenplay
Lore - Cate Shortland, Robin Mukherjee
The Sapphires - Keith Thompson, Tony Briggs

Best cinematography
Burning Man - Garry Phillips
Lore - Adam Arkapaw
The Sapphires - Warwick Thornton
Wish You Were Here - Jules O'Loughlin

Best editing
Burning Man - Martin Connor
The Sapphires - Dany Cooper
Wish You Were Here - Jason Ballantine
X - Cindy Clarkson

Best sound
Burning Man - David Lee, Andrew Plain, Gethin Creagh
Lore - Sam Petty, Michael Busch, Robert Mackenzie, Antony Gray, Yulia Akerholt, Brooke Trezise
The Sapphires - Andrew Plain, Bry Jones, Pete Smith, Ben Osmo, John Simpson
Swerve - Pete Smith, John Simpson, Martyn Zub, Des Kenneally

Best original music score
33 POSTCARDS - Antony Partos
A Few Best Men - Guy Gross
Mental - Michael Yezerski
Not Suitable For Children - Matteo Zingales, Jono Ma

Best production design
Burning Man - Steven Jones-Evans
Killer Elite - Michelle McGahey
Lore - Silke Fischer
The Sapphires - Melinda Doring

Best costume design
Burning Man - Lizzy Gardiner
Lore - Stefanie Bieker
Mental - Tim Chappel
The Sapphires - Tess Schofield

Best lead actor
Joel Edgerton - Wish You Were Here
Matthew Goode - Burning Man
Chris O'Dowd - The Sapphires
Guy Pearce - 33 POSTCARDS

Best lead actress
Toni Collette - Mental
Deborah Mailman - The Sapphires
Felicity Price - Wish You Were Here
Sarah Snook - Not Suitable For Children

Best supporting actor
Ryan Corr - Not Suitable For Children
Liev Schreiber - Mental
Antony Starr - Wish You Were Here
Gary Waddell - The King Is Dead!

Best supporting actress
Essie Davis - Burning Man
Rebecca Gibney - Mental
Deborah Mailman - Mental
Jessica Mauboy - The Sapphires


Best children's television series
The Adventures of Figaro Pho - Dan Fill, Frank Verheggen, David Webster - ABC3
Dance Academy (Series 2) - Joanna Werner - ABC3
Flea-bitten! - Gillian Carr - Nine Network
Guess How Much I Love You - The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare - Suzanne Ryan, Seng Choon Meng, Sebastian Debertin, Tina Sicker - FOXTEL (Disney Junior), ABC2

Best television comedy series
A Moody Christmas - Andrew Walker - ABC1
Danger 5 - Kate Croser, Dario Russo - SBS
Lowdown (Season 2) - Nicole Minchin, Amanda Brotchie, Adam Zwar - ABC1
Shaun Micallef's Mad As Hell - Peter Beck - ABC1

Best light entertainment television series
Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight (Series 2) - Rachel Millar, Adam Hills, Bruce Kane - ABC1
Agony Aunts - Adam Zwar, Nicole Minchin - ABC1
Gruen Sweat - Anita Jacoby, Andrew Denton, Jon Casimir, Debbie Cuell - ABC1
The Hamster Wheel (Series 1) - Andy Nehl - ABC1

Best reality television series
The Amazing Race Australia - David Gardner, Matthew Kowald - Seven Network
MasterChef Australia (Series 4) - Tim Toni - Network Ten
My Kitchen Rules (Series 3) - Matt Apps, Greg Swanborough, Evan Wilkes - Seven Network
The Voice - Julie Ward - Nine Network

Best television drama series
Puberty Blues - John Edwards, Imogen Banks - Network Ten
Rake (Season 2) - Ian Collie, Peter Duncan, Richard Roxburgh - ABC1
Redfern Now - Darren Dale, Miranda Dear - ABC1
Tangle (Season 3) - John Edwards, Imogen Banks - FOXTEL (Showtime)

Best telefeature or mini series
Beaconsfield - John Edwards, Jane Liscombe - Nine Network
Devil's Dust - Antonia Barnard, Stephen Corvini - ABC1
Howzat! Kerry Packer's War - John Edwards, Mimi Butler - Nine Network
Underground - Helen Bowden - Network Ten

Best direction in television
The Amazing Race Australia (Episode 1) - Michael McKay - Seven Network
Beaconsfield - Glendyn Ivin - Nine Network
Howzat! Kerry Packer's War (Part 1) - Daina Reid - Nine Network
Jack Irish: Bad Debts - Jeffrey Walker - ABC 1

Best screenplay in television
A Moody Christmas (Episode 5 - 'Water Under the Bridge') - Trent O'Donnell, Phil Lloyd - ABC1
Lowdown (Season 2, episode 3 - 'One Fine Gay') - Amanda Brotchie, Adam Zwar, Trudy Hellier - ABC1
Puberty Blues (Episode 5) - Alice Bell, Tony McNamara - Network Ten
Redfern Now (Episode 6 - 'Pretty Boy Blue') - Steven McGregor - ABC1

Best lead actor in a television drama
Jimi Bani - Mabo - ABC1
Anthony Hayes - Devil's Dust - ABC1
Lachy Hulme - Howzat! Kerry Packer's War - Nine Network
Richard Roxburgh - Rake (Season 2) - ABC1

Best lead actress in a television drama
Ashleigh Cummings - Puberty Blues - Network Ten
Essie Davis - Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - ABC1
Susie Porter - Dangerous Remedy - ABC1
Leah Purcell - Redfern Now (Episode 1 - 'Family') - ABC1

Best guest or supporting actor in a television drama
Luke Carroll - Redfern Now (Episode 6 - 'Pretty Boy Blue') - ABC1
Abe Forsythe - Howzat! Kerry Packer's War (Part 1) - Nine Network
Aaron Jeffery - Underbelly Badness (Episode 3 - 'The Loaded Dog') - Nine Network
Dan Wyllie - Puberty Blues (Episode 4) - Network Ten

Best guest or supporting actress in a television drama
Shareena Clanton - Redfern Now (Episode 1 - 'Family') - ABC1
Mandy McElhinney - Howzat! Kerry Packer's War (Part 2) - Nine Network
Susan Prior - Puberty Blues (Episode 4) - Network Ten
Laura Wheelwright - Underground - Network Ten

Best performance in a television comedy
Patrick Brammall - A Moody Christmas - ABC1
Barry Crocker - The Strange Calls - ABC2
Damon Herriman - Laid (Series 2) - ABC1
Frank Woodley - Woodley - ABC1


Best feature documentary
A Common Purpose - Mitzi Goldman
The Curse Of The Gothic Symphony - Veronica Fury - ABC1
Dr Sarmast's Music School - Beth Frey - ABC1
Storm Surfers 3D - Ellenor Cox, Marcus Gillezeau

Best documentary under one hour
All The Way - Anne Delaney - ABC1
I Can Change Your Mind About Climate - Simon Nasht, Kate Hodges - ABC1
The Man Who Jumped - Julia Redwood, Ed Punchard - SBS
Then The Wind Changed - Jeni McMahon - ABC1

Best documentary series
Go Back To Where You Came From - Rick McPhee - SBS
Once Upon A Time In Cabramatta - Jacob Hickey - SBS
Singapore 1942 - End of Empire - Andrew Ogilvie, Trevor Graham, Ned Lander - SBS
Sporting Nation - Andrea Denholm, Lavinia Riachi, John Clarke, Laura Waters - ABC1

Best direction in documentary
Dr Sarmast's Music School - Polly Watkins - ABC1
Fighting Fear - Macario De Souza - FOXTEL (Movie Network)
Go Back To Where You Came From (Episode 2) - Ivan O'Mahoney - SBS
Once Upon A Time In Cabramatta (Episode 2) - Bernadine Lim - SBS

Best cinematography in a documentary
Dr Sarmast's Music School - Peter Zakharov, Stephen Amis - ABC1
Fighting Fear - Tim Bonython, Chris Bryan, Macario De Souza, Lee Kelly - FOXTEL (Movie Network)
Go Back To Where You Came From (Episode 3) - Stephen Baker, Nicola Daley - SBS
Storm Surfers 3D - David Maguire, Robert Morton, Dean Cropp, Richard Kickbush

Best editing in documentary
Chateau Chunder - A Wine Revolution - Lawrie Silvestrin - ABC1
Dr Sarmast's Music School - Tony Stevens - ABC1
Once Upon A Time In Cabramatta (Episode 1) - Sam Wilson - SBS
Storm Surfers 3D - Rodrigo Balart, Campbell Wilson

Best sound in a documentary
Dr Sarmast's Music School - Dale Cornelius, Livia Ruzic, Keith Thomas - ABC1
Once Upon A Time In Cabramatta (Episode 2) - Christopher Elves, Chris McCallum, David White - SBS
Paul Kelly - Stories Of Me - Paul Charlier, Ian McLoughlin, Brooke Trezise, Nick Batterham, Richard Boxhall
Singapore 1942 - End of Empire (Episode 1) - Glenn Martin, Ric Curtin, Ash Gibson Greig, Ian Grant, Leo Sullivan, Mark Tarpey - SBS


Best short animation
The Hunter - Marieka Walsh
LEGO® Star Wars®: The Padawan Menace™ - David Scott, Mark Thorley, Amber Naismith
The Maker - Christopher Kezelos, Christine Kezelos
Sleight of Hand - Michael Cusack, Richard Chataway

Best short fiction film
B I N O - Billie Pleffer, Rita Walsh
Dumpy Goes To The Big Smoke - Mirrah Foulkes, David Michôd, Michael Cody
Julian - Robert Jago, Matthew Moore
Transmission - Zak Hilditch, Liz Kearney

Best screenplay in a short film
B I N O - Billie Pleffer
Dumpy Goes To The Big Smoke - Mirrah Foulkes
Julian - Matthew Moore
Transmission - Zak Hilditch

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