AACTA International Awards

Inaugural AACTA International Awards

International Award Nominees

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts International Awards recognise film excellence regardless of geography, as determined by a jury of eminent Australian screen practitioners from a cross-section of crafts, and with a wealth of local and international experience.

AACTA announced the winners of its inaugural AACTA International Awards in Los Angeles on Friday 27 January, recognising international excellence across five categories: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress.

Winners were announced at the AACTA International Awards Ceremony, with Geoffrey Rush, AACTA President and recently announced Australian of the Year, leading a line-up of outstanding Australians presenting Awards at the Ceremony: Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Phillip Noyce, Liam Hemsworth and Bella Heathcote.

Elegant and nostalgic, the black and white, almost completely silent film The Artist, was the big winner at the AACTA International Awards, being awarded Best Film for producer Thomas Langmann, and Best Direction for French director Michel Hazanavicius. The film’s lead actor, Jean Dujardin, was awarded Best Actor for his powerful performance as George Valentin, a star of the silent film era, struggling to adjust to the arrival of the ‘talkies’.  Dujardin was in attendance at the Ceremony, with Russell Crowe presenting the Best Actor Award.

The multi-award winning Meryl Streep also attended the Ceremony, and was awarded the AACTA International Award for Best Actress for her role in The Iron Lady; the Award was presented by Nicole Kidman. The Award saw Streep trump five other nominees in this highly contested category with her impressive portrayal of formidable former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

The award for Best Screenplay proved fiercely competitive, with two joint winners announced after jury voting was tied in this category. The two winners were the adapted screenplay from The Ides of March for George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, and the original screenplay from Margin Call for first time writer and director J.C. Chandor.

In addition to Award recipients and presenters, the inaugural AACTA International Awards Ceremony attracted a star-studded line up of guests, including Harvey Weinstein, Kathy Bates, Frances O'Connor, Joel Edgerton and Keith Urban.

Clips from the AACTA International Awards Ceremony can be found here.

NOMINEES FOR THE INAUGURAL AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

** Winners highlighted in gold

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY

  • The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
  • The Descendants Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
  • The Ides Of March - George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
  • Margin Call - J.C. Chandor
  • Melancholia - Lars von Trier
  • Midnight In Paris - Woody Allen
  • Moneyball - Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin
  • We Need To Talk About Kevin - Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION

  • The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
  • Drive - Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Hugo - Martin Scorsese
  • Margin Call - J.C. Chandor
  • Melancholia - Lars von Trier
  • Midnight In Paris - Woody Allen
  • The Tree Of Life - Terrence Malick
  • We Need To Talk About Kevin - Lynne Ramsay

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR

  • George Clooney – The Descendants
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – J. Edgar
  • Jean Dujardin – The Artist
  • Michael Fassbender – Shame
  • Ryan Gosling – The Ides Of March
  • Brad Pitt - Moneyball

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS

  • Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
  • Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia
  • Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
  • Tilda Swinton – We Need To Talk About Kevin
  • Mia Wasikowska – Jane Eyre
  • Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST FILM

  • The Artist - Thomas Langmann
  • The Descendants - Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
  • Hugo - Graham King, Tim Headington, Martin Scorsese, Johnny Depp
  • The Ides Of March - George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Brian Oliver
  • Margin Call - Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Benaroya, Neal Dodson, Joe Jenckes, Corey Moosa,
    Zachary Quinto
  • Melancholia - Meta Louise Foldager, Louise Vesth
  • Midnight In Paris - Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, Jaume Roures
  • Moneyball - Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt
  • The Tree Of Life - Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner, Sarah Green
  • We Need To Talk About Kevin - Luc Roeg, Jennifer Fox, Robert Salerno

 

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