Nominees Announced



CAROL leads the way followed by THE BIG SHORT, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and THE REVENANT

Wednesday, January 6, 2016: The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) today announced that 17 films have received nominations for the 5th AACTA International Awards, recognising excellence across seven categories - Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

Capturing lesbian love in 1950s New York, Todd Haynes’ CAROL leads the nominations with five nods. Nominated for Best Film, Best Direction and Best Screenplay, CAROL also sees Rooney Mara nominated for Best Supporting Actress, and Cate Blanchett nominated for Best Lead Actress, following SAG and Golden Globe award nods for both performers. CAROL marks the second collaboration between Haynes and Blanchett, with Blanchett receiving an Oscar nomination in 2008 for her role in Haynes’ unconventional journey into the life and times of Bob Dylan, I’M NOT THERE.

THE BIG SHORT - the story of four outsiders tackling the big banks in the wake of the mid-2000s housing bubble collapse - follows with four nominations, including Best Film and Best Direction for Adam McKay.

Also competing alongside CAROL and THE BIG SHORT for Best Film and Best Direction are George Miller’s dystopian Road War MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (hot off the back of its wins in both categories at AACTA’s domestic Awards in Sydney last month), and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 1820s quest for survival on a fur trade expedition, THE REVENANT. Iñárritu won in both categories at the 4th AACTA International Awards for BIRDMAN.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and THE REVENANT received three nominations each, as did STEVE JOBS and THE MARTIAN, which rounds out the nominees for Best Direction with a nod for Ridley Scott.

SPOTLIGHT, the true story of The Boston Globe’s role in uncovering the massive scandal of child abuse and cover up by the Catholic Church, rounds out the five Best Film nominees, and is also nominated for Best Screenplay alongside CAROL, EX MACHINA, THE MARTIAN and STEVE JOBS.

The remaining nine films nominated for the 5th AACTA International Awards all received nominations in acting categories.

Competition in the Best Lead Actor category is fierce, with all five nominees - Steve Carell (THE BIG SHORT), Matt Damon (THE MARTIAN), Leonardo DiCaprio (THE REVENANT), Michael Fassbender (STEVE JOBS) and Eddie Redmayne (THE DANISH GIRL) - also having been nominated for Golden Globes for these performances. Whilst this marks the first nomination from the Australian Academy for Damon, Carell and Redmayne are past nominees, and Fassbender and DiCaprio are past winners for their performances in 12 YEARS A SLAVE and THE GREAT GATSBY respectively.

Competition for Best Lead Actress is also strong, with Cate Blanchett (CAROL), Brie Larson (ROOM) and Saoirse Ronan (BROOKLYN) each also competing for SAG and Golden Globe awards for these performances. They compete alongside Emily Blunt for her performance in SICARIO, and Charlize Theron for her performance as Imperator Furiosa in MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Blanchett holds six past AFI or AACTA Awards, including an AACTA International Award for her performance in BLUE JASMINE.

Fellow Australian and AACTA Award winner Joel Edgerton received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in BLACK MASS. He competes alongside Christian Bale (THE BIG SHORT) and Mark Rylance (BRIDGE OF SPIES), whose performances also received SAG and Golden Globe nods. Paul Dano, nominated for his performance as Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson in LOVE AND MERCY, and Benicio del Toro (SICARIO) round out the five nominees for Best Supporting Actor.

Following accolades at the 5th AACTA Awards in Sydney last month for their performances in Australian dramedy THE DRESSMAKER, Judy Davis and Kate Winslet - who both hold BAFTA, EMMY and Golden Globe wins - were today announced as nominees for the AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress. Davis is again nominated for her role as Winslet’s eccentric on-screen mother in THE DRESSMAKER, Molly Dunnage, whilst Winslet today received a nod for her role as the fierce and feisty Joanna Hoffman in STEVE JOBS. Also nominated in this category are Alicia Vikander (THE DANISH GIRL), Jennifer Jason Leigh (THE HATEFUL EIGHT) and the aforementioned Rooney Mara (CAROL).

Winners of the 5th AACTA International Awards will be announced at an exclusive event in Los Angeles on 29 January 2016.

AFI | AACTA CEO, Damian Trewhella, said:

"Now in our fifth year, the AACTA International Awards add a unique Australian voice to the international discussion of screen excellence. On the one hand, our young Academy’s Awards have become a reliable early forecaster of which performers, practitioners and productions will be recognised by our international peers via the Oscars and the BAFTAs. On the other hand, as our Chapter members are almost all Australians, they add a uniquely Australian perspective to the conversation, clearly evident this year, with a number of nominations for outstanding Australians who have excelled on the international stage, who we are very proud to count among our nominees.

“We're delighted to celebrate international excellence in LA each year at the AACTA International Awards Ceremony, which has quickly become a respected annual industry meet-up; a place to do business, as well as an opportunity to connect with colleagues and peers in celebration of excellence.

“We congratulate all nominees, and wish them every success during this dynamic Awards season.”

The AACTA International Awards will be telecast in Australia exclusively on Foxtel. The full show will be telecast on Sunday 31 January at 7:30pm on Foxtel Arts, and at 9:30pm on Arena.

Brian Walsh, Foxtel Executive Director of Television, said:

“Foxtel’s exclusive broadcast of the AACTA International Awards outlines our on-going commitment to supporting the Australian film and television industry on a global scale. Our sponsorship further extends our support of the domestic AACTA Awards and the governing body of the Academy.”


AACTA International Award for Best Film


AACTA International Award for Best Direction

CAROL - Todd Haynes
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD - George Miller
THE MARTIAN - Ridley Scott
THE REVENANT - Alejandro González Iñárritu

AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay

CAROL - Phyllis Nagy
EX MACHINA - Alex Garland
THE MARTIAN - Drew Goddard
SPOTLIGHT - Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer
STEVE JOBS - Aaron Sorkin

AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actor

Steve Carell - THE BIG SHORT
Matt Damon - THE MARTIAN
Leonardo DiCaprio - THE REVENANT
Michael Fassbender - STEVE JOBS
Eddie Redmayne - THE DANISH GIRL

AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actress

Cate Blanchett - CAROL
Emily Blunt - SICARIO
Brie Larson - ROOM
Saoirse Ronan - BROOKLYN
Charlize Theron - MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale - THE BIG SHORT
Benicio del Toro - SICARIO
Joel Edgerton - BLACK MASS
Mark Rylance - BRIDGE OF SPIES

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh - THE HATEFUL EIGHT
Rooney Mara - CAROL
Alicia Vikander - THE DANISH GIRL
Kate Winslet - STEVE JOBS


The AACTA International Awards are determined by AACTA’s International Chapter, which is invitation only and comprises Australian screen professionals with distinguished international credentials. The Chapter currently has 150 members, many of whom are also members of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Members include Geoffrey Rush, Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Jan Chapman and Jacki Weaver, to name a few.

International Chapter members are provided with access to preview screenings across a variety of platforms in Australia and LA for voting purposes, with more than 200 screenings of awards contenders provided for Chapter members in Australia, Los Angeles and New York this Awards season alone.

For further information on the AACTA International Chapter, contact Sam Buckland:

The AACTA Awards are proudly supported by the New South Wales Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination New South Wales.