World News – UA – Aacta Awards 2020: Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Ned Kelly gang compete for honors


TV comedy inspired by Lockdown At Home Alone Together among few nods to Covid in annual screen industry gongs

A small handful of films and TV shows topped the Australian Academy of Film and Television Arts (Aacta) 2020 awards, with the local screen sector poised to close a devastated year by celebrating productions made before Covid -19 move

Coming-of-age drama Babyteeth, the candy-colored H for happiness, psychological horror The Invisible Man, and the film adaptation of Peter Carey’s novel True History of the Kelly Gang all make Frequent appearances in the film’s award categories, alongside the occasional appearance of the horror Relic and the late Helen Reddy’s biopic, I Am Woman, with which they compete for the title of Best Picture

The directors of all these films, with the exception of Unjoo Moon (I Am Woman), have been nominated for the award for best director

Sam Neill’s performance in rural drama Rams and Hugo Weaving in a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure are shortlisted for Best Lead Actor, alongside George Mackay (True History of the Kelly Gang) , Richard Roxburgh (H is for Happiness) and Toby Wallace (Babyteeth)

International talent gets a nod in Best Leading Actress category, with Elisabeth Moss of The Invisible Man and Little Monsters zombie comedy ‘Lupita Nyong’o nominated alongside Tilda Cobham-Hervey for her portrayal of Helen Reddy, Eliza Scanlen in Babyteeth and Laura Gordon in disturbing drama Undertow

Russell Crowe (True History of the Kelly Gang) and Ben Mendelsohn (Babyteeth) are the top nominees in the Best Supporting Actor category, but newcomer Wesley Patten (H is for happiness), Fayssal Bazzi (Measure for Measure) and Aaron Jeffrey (The Flood) can give them a run for their money

Wayne Blair and Nel Minchin’s Firestarter, about Aboriginal dance company Bangarra, was nominated for Best Documentary, alongside Stephen McGregor’s Captain Cook, Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky, Liam Firmager’s Susi Q , Brazen Hussies by Catherine Dwyer and two films by Kriv Stenders, Slim & I and Brock: on top

In TV categories, cast from refugee drama Stateless, crime drama Mystery Road, and sci-fi series Bloom topped the performer awards categories, which included Australian screen veterans Cate Blanchett, Jackie Weaver, Bryan Brown and Aaron Pedersen for Best Main Actor and Supporting Gong Actor

The award for best drama series will be awarded between Mystery Road, Bloom, Wentworth, The Heights, Halifax: Retribution and Doctor Doctor

Stateless, The Gloaming, Hungry Ghosts, Operation Buffalo and The Secrets She Keeps compete for the best TV or miniseries

Lockdown-inspired comedy At Home Alone Together is one of the few nods to the pandemic in the Best Comedy Series category, nominated alongside Black Comedy, The Other Guy, Rosehaven, and Upright

Reality TV’s dominance over both streaming and free-to-air services has allowed the genre to effectively break down into four categories, including Best Entertainment, Best Factual Entertainment, best lifestyle show and best reality show Popular commercial shows like Lego Masters Australia, Gogglebox, MasterChef and The Block have all been nominated

A children’s television award category that did not feature the international success of ABC Bluey would be unthinkable, and here the cartoon about the little blue heeled puppy and his family is in the running for the best children’s program. , alongside four other ABC shows plus NITV’s Little J and Big Cuz

National broadcaster set to remain the main player in children’s television with recent cuts to content quotas for the genre

The Aacta awards ceremony will take place, like most years, at The Star Casino in Sydney, but over two sessions due to the reduced capacity required to meet New Wales’ Covid-19 restrictions from South

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World News – AU – 2020 Aacta Prize: Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Ned Kelly gang compete for honors



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