3rd AACTA Awards - Winners Announced
See the nation's best film and television talent walk the red carpet and celebrate the work of the Australian screen industry at the 3rd AACTA Awards - tonight at 8.30pm on Network Ten.
Tonight host actor and comedian Shane Bourne was joined by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) President Geoffrey Rush and over 1300 guests including, Australian screen professionals Cate Blanchett; Rachel Griffiths; Baz Luhrmann; Catherine Martin; Sam Worthington, and Elizabeth Debicki, just to name a few, to honour the year's best achievements in Australian film and television at the 3rd AACTA Awards Ceremony - held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney.
Jacki Weaver, one of Australia's most loved and respected actors, was honoured in tonight's Ceremony where she was presented with the AACTA Raymond Longford Award - the highest recognition the Australian Academy can bestow on an individual who has made a truly outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Australia's screen environment and culture.
The AACTA Raymond Longford Award was presented to Jacki in a tribute that included an array of personalities that have known and worked with Jacki over the years, including Jack Thompson, Claudia Karvan, David Michôd and US actor Bradley Cooper who worked with Jacki in David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook.
Director Baz Luhrmann was also honoured for creative vision and his contribution to forging opportunities for those working in the Australian screen industry through a medley of popular songs that have been featured across his film's soundtracks. The medley included: Love is in the Air performed by David Gleeson, I'm Kissing You, performed by Delta Goodrem, A Little Party Never Killed Nobody performed by Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Lady Marmalade performed by Prinnie Stevens.
Another special highlight of 3rd AACTA Awards Ceremony was the presentation of the Byron Kennedy Award to the Australian Cinematographers Society. Accepted by National President, Ron Johanson ACS, the Byron Kennedy Award celebrates outstanding creative enterprise within the film and television industries and is given to an individual or organisation whose work embodies innovation and the relentless pursuit of excellence.
The celebration of Australian talent and notable achievements both in front of and behind the camera continued through out the evening – THE GREAT GATSBY proved unstoppable, adding another six awards to the seven it received at Tuesday's 3rd AACTA Awards Luncheon presented by Deluxe, this time for Best Film, Best Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Lead Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
Other Australian features to win a 3rd AACTA Award were THE ROCKET for Best Original Screenplay and THE TURNING for Best Lead Actress, which went to Rose Byrne. RED OBSESSION was awarded as this year's Best Feature Length Documentary.
The audience was treated to teasers of four upcoming Australian films, courtesy of Roadshow Films, including THE ROVER written by Joel Edgerton, directed by David Michôd and starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce. THE ROVER is due for release on July 31, 2014.
In Australian television, the 3rd AACTA Awards Ceremony celebrated eight unique programs across 11 categories and four networks, including the ABC (REDFERN NOW – SERIES 2, SHAUN MICALLEF'S MAD AS HELL – SERIES 2, THE TIME OF OUR LIVES and PLEASE LIKE ME); FOXTEL (TOP OF THE LAKE), Network TEN (OFFSPRING – SEASON 4; MASTERCHEF: THE PROFESSIONALS) and the Nine Network (POWER GAMES: THE PACKER-MURDOCH STORY).
Speaking of the 3rd AACTA Awards Ceremony, AFI | AACTA CEO, Damian Trewhella, said: "Tonight's celebrations are the culmination and recognition of the hundreds, if not thousands, of Australian men and women who work in the film and television industries and who create, through their work, stories that celebrate and document our cultural trajectory. On behalf of the Australian Academy, I congratulate all winners of the 3rd AACTA Awards announced here in Sydney over two major events this week on their hard work and the rich results.
"In this, our third year of the new Australian Academy, we continue to build on the foundations laid by the success of the past two years and I thank the many, including our esteemed President Geoffrey Rush, and all of our members, for the interest and support that we are so fortunate to receive.
"I also acknowledge the support of our valued partners, in particular the New South Wales government through its tourism and major events agency Destination New South Wales, whose support and commitment has been critical to the AACTA Awards." said Trewhella.
NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris, congratulated nominees and winners of the 3rd AACTA Awards, saying the event consolidates Australia's position as a powerhouse of creative talent.
"As the nation's premier screen industry awards event, the AACTA Awards recognise our finest film and television talent right here in Sydney, the creative capital of Australia. The AACTA Awards is a key creative industries event on the NSW Events Calendar, proudly supported by the NSW Government, through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW," Mr Souris said.