4th AACTA International Awards Winners Announced
BIRDMAN or (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)
Leads with Four Wins Including Best Film
AACTA today announced seven winners nominated across the following categories – Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress – for the 4th AACTA International Awards.
The winners were announced at the G’Day USA Gala featuring the 4th AACTA International Awards presented by Qantas at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on January 31, 2015. The Awards were presented by multi-award winner and AACTA President Geoffrey Rush who shared the stage with fellow presenters including Nicole Kidman, Elizabeth Debicki, John Travolta, Rachel Griffiths, Jonathan LaPaglia, Rebel Wilson and Russell Crowe.
BIRDMAN or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) leads the wins with a total of four wins including BEST FILM, BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST DIRECTION (Alejandro G. Iñárritu) and BEST LEAD ACTOR (Michael Keaton). The film, which has received much international critical acclaim, beat fellow BEST FILM nominees including BOYHOOD and THE IMITATION GAME which had received five AACTA nominations each, including Best Film, Best Direction and Best Screenplay.
STILL ALICE’S Julianne Moore picked up the AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actress, and is now the frontrunner to sweep the Awards circuit with Golden Globe and SAG Award wins for her portrayal of Alice, a Columbia linguistics professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease.
Similarly to Moore, both Golden Globe and SAG Award Winners, J.K. Simmons (WHIPLASH) and Patricia Arquette (BOYHOOD) each picked up their statuettes for the AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor and Actress.
Winners of the 4th AACTA International Awards were announced in Los Angeles on 31 January 2015 at the G’Day USA Gala featuring the 4th AACTA International Awards presented by Qantas. This marks a brand new event format for the AACTA International Awards, and for the G’Day USA Gala, following the announcement of a partnership between AACTA and G’Day USA in December 2014. The AACTA International Awards served as the centrepiece of the Gala, which also saw Chris Hemsworth honoured by G’Day USA.
4TH AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS WINNERS
AACTA International Award for Best Film
BIRDMAN - Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole * WINNER
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL
THE IMITATION GAME
AACTA International Award for Best Direction
BIRDMAN - Alejandro G. Iñárritu * WINNER
BOYHOOD – Richard Linklater
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL – Wes Anderson
THE IMITATION GAME - Morten Tyldum
WHIPLASH - Damien Chazelle
AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay
BIRDMAN - Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo * WINNER
BOYHOOD - Richard Linklater
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL - Wes Anderson
THE IMITATION GAME – Graham Moore
WHIPLASH – Damien Chazelle
AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actor
Steve Carell - FOXCATCHER
Benedict Cumberbatch - THE IMITATION GAME
Jake Gyllenhaal - NIGHTCRAWLER
Michael Keaton – BIRDMAN * WINNER
Eddie Redmayne – THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actress
Essie Davis - THE BABADOOK
Felicity Jones - THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Julianne Moore - STILL ALICE * WINNER
Rosamund Pike - GONE GIRL
Reese Witherspoon – WILD
AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor
Ethan Hawke – BOYHOOD
Edward Norton – BIRDMAN
Mark Ruffalo – FOXCATCHER
Andy Serkis - DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
J.K. Simmons – WHIPLASH * WINNER
AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette – BOYHOOD * WINNER
Keira Knightley - THE IMITATION GAME
Emma Stone – BIRDMAN
Meryl Streep - INTO THE WOODS
Naomi Watts – BIRDMAN
ABOUT THE AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
The AACTA International Awards recognise film excellence regardless of geography. These Awards are determined by the invitation only AACTA International Chapter which comprises 140 Australian screen professionals with distinguished international credentials, many of whom are also members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.