AACTA Winners & Nominees

AFI Past winners

In May 1993, The Piano became the first Antipodean film to win the Palme D’Or at Cannes. At the AFI Awards later that year, The Piano was nominated in each of the 13 categories for which it was eligible. Other nominees for Best Film were Map Of The Human Heart, which was nominated in 6 categories, On My Own, which was also nominated in 6 categories (that did not include Best Direction) and The Heartbreak Kid, which was nominated in 3 categories.

Other multiple nominees were Broken Highway, which had also screened at Cannes in competition (5 nominations); Blackfellas (4 including Best Direction); Say A Little Prayer (4) and The Custodian (3). The Nostradamus Kid, No WorriesResistance and This Won't Hurt A Bit! were each nominated in 2 categories.

Judy Davis was named Best Supporting Actress for her performance in On My Own. This was her fifth AFI Award from seven nominations.

Another feature film winner was Blackfellas. David Ngoombujarra, in only his third screen appearance, was named Best Supporting Actor. The award for Best Adapted Screenplay went to James Ricketson for the same film.

The other 11 awards went to The Piano, surpassing the 10 awards that Breaker Morant had won in 1980. Like Evil Angels before it, The Piano's successes included the categories of Best Film, Best Direction, Best (Original) Screenplay, Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress. The acting awards went to Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel. Jane Campion won the awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Direction. In the feature film category, she had been previously nominated for her screenplay for Sweetie and had won the Byron Kennedy Award in 1989.

Jan Chapman’s success as producer of the Best Film winner followed earlier awards for Best Telefeature (Two Friends), Best Mini-Series or Telefeature (Come In Spinner) and a nomination the previous year for The Last Days Of Chez Nous as Best Film.

Other awards for The Piano included Best Costume Design, which went to Janet Patterson, who had been previously nominated for her production design on The Last Days Of Chez Nous. Andrew McAlpine was the production designer on The Piano and he won in his category, as did Michael Nyman for Best Original Music. Best Sound went to a team that included craft veterans Lee Smith and Gethin Creagh.

Best Cinematography went to Stuart Dryburgh, who had previously shot An Angel At My Table for Campion. Veronika Jenet won the award for Best Editing. Although this was her first nomination, she had previously cut Passionless MomentsAn Angel At My Table and Sweetie for Campion.

At the Academy Awards in 1994, Jane Campion won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, Holly Hunter was named Best Lead Actress and Anna Paquin Best Supporting Actress. The Piano's remarkable achievement included Academy Award nominations in the categories of Best Film, Best Direction, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best Editing.

Of particular note in the non-feature section was Dennis Tupicoff’s award for the disturbing short animation The Darra Dogs.

The Leaving of Liverpool marked the debut of Steve Knapman as principal producer. It won Best Mini-Series or Telefeature. In the same category, John Alsop and Sue Smith won the award for Best Screenplay in a Television Drama. They had won this award the previous year for Brides Of Christ.

The Byron Kennedy Award was shared by critic Adrian Martin, experimental film maker Matt Butler, animal trainer Evonne Chesson and curator Gary Warner.

Producer Sue Milliken was the recipient of the Raymond Longford Award for her contribution to the Australian film industry. Her major productions at that time included The Odd Angry ShotThe Fringe Dwellers and Black Robe.

1993 Winners & Nominees

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FEATURE FILM

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NON-FEATURE FILM

  • Agfa Award for Best Documentary
  • Winner:

    Exile And The Kingdom Frank Rijavec (Director)
    For All The World To See Pat Fiske (Director)

    Nominees:

    Homelands Tom Zubrycki (Director)
    The Journey Christopher Tuckfield (Director)

  • Agfa Award for Best Animation
  • Winner:

    The Darra Dogs Dennis Tupicoff (Director)

    Nominees:

    A Saucer Of Water For The Birds Ann Shenfield (Director)
    Arnold Has A Thought Peter McDonald (Director)
    The Web - 'Bandicoot' Lucinda Clutterbuck, Sarah Watt (Director)

  • Agfa Award for Best Short Fiction
  • Winner:

    Mr. Electric Stuart McDonald (Director)

    Nominees:

    Heart Of Pearl Andrew Taylor (Director)
    Opportunity Knocks Mick Connolly (Director)
    Terra Nullius Anne Pratten (Director)

  • Best Screenplay in a Short Film
  • Winner:

    Just Desserts Monica Pellizzari

    Nominees:

    Black Dogs Andrew Sully
    Mr. Electric Stuart McDonald
    Terra Nullius Anne Pratten

  • Kodak Award for Best Achievement in Cinematography in a Non-Feature Film
  • Winner:

    Kangaroos - Faces In The Mob Glen Carruthers

    Nominees:

    Heart Of Pearl Susan Thwaites
    Spring Ball Peter Coleman
    The Journey Dion Beebe

  • Best Achievement in Editing in a Non-Feature Film
  • Winner:

    Gumshoe Suresh Ayyar

    Nominees:

    Everest - Sea To Summit Michael Balson
    Range Of Experience Anne Pratten
    The Good Son Sean Cousins, David Rowe

  • Best Achievement in Sound in a Non-Feature Film
  • Winner:

    Exile And The Kingdom Noeline Harrison, Lawrie Silverstrin, Kim Lord

    Nominees:

    Opportunity Knocks Phil Winters
    The Resting Place Anne McKinolty
    The Sleep Of Reason Gareth Vanderhope, Ralph Ortner

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ADDITIONAL AWARDS

  • AFI Members Award for Best Foreign Film
  • Winner:

    The Crying Game Stephen Woolley

    Nominees:

    The Player Michael Tolkin, David Brown, Nick Wechsler
    Raise The Red Lantern Chiu Fu-sheng
    Husbands And Wives Robert Greenhut

  • Raymond Longford Award
  • Winner:

    Sue Milliken (Producer)

  • Byron Kennedy Award
  • Winner:

    Adrian Martin
    Evanne Chesson
    Gary Warner
    Matt Butler

  • Open Craft Award
  • Winner:

    Memories And Dreams (For Innovation in Form) Lynn-Maree Milburn

    Nominees:

    Etcetetra In A Paper Jam (For Technical Excellence) Michael Bates
    Heart Of Pearl (For Production Design) Catherine Mansell
    One Way Street (For Innovation in Form) John Hughes

  • Young Actor's Award
  • Winner:

    Map Of The Human Heart Robert Joamie

  • ABC TV Young Actor's Award
  • Winner:

    Halfway Across The Galaxy And Turn Left (Nine Network) Lauren Hewett

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TELEVISION

  • Best Children’s Television Drama
  • Winner:

    Round The Twist, Series 2 - Episode 3, 'Little Squirt' (ABC) Patricia Edgar, Antonia Barnard

    Nominees:

    Halfway Across The Galaxy And Turn Left - Episode 19, 'Welcome To The Human Race' (Nine Network) Jan Marnell
    Under The Skin - Episode 12, 'The Blanket Of Love' (SBS) Franco di Chiera
    Mission Top Secret, Series 1 - Episodes 17-20, 'Polish Pony Puzzle' (Network Ten) Noel Price

  • Best Episode in a Television Drama Series
  • Winner:

    Phoenix, Season 2 - Episode 11, 'Under Siege' (ABC) Bill Hughes

    Nominees:

    Police Rescue, Series 3 - Episode 10, 'Whirlwind' (ABC) Sandra Levy, John Edwards
    G.P., Series 5 - Episode 20, 'Exposed' (ABC) Bruce Best
    Police Rescue, Series 3 - Episode 1, 'Lifeline' (ABC) Sandra Levy, John Edwards

  • Best Episode in a Television Drama Serial
  • Winner:

    Home And Away - Episode 1222 (Seven Network) Andrew Howie

    Nominees:

    Home And Away - Episode 1252 (Seven Network) Andrew Howie
    Neighbours - Episode 1859 (Network Ten) Margaret Slarke, Sally-Anne Kerr
    Home And Away - Episode 1251 (Seven Network) Andrew Howie

  • Atlab Australia Award for Best Television Mini-Series or Telefeature
  • Winner:

    The Leaving Of Liverpool (ABC) Steve Knapman

    Nominees:

    Seven Deadly Sins - 'Sloth' (ABC) Bob Weis
    Joh's Jury (ABC) Rod Allan
    Stark (ABC) Michael Wearing, David Parker, Timothy White

  • Cameraquip Award for Best Achievement in Direction in a Television Drama
  • Winner:

    Police Rescue, Series 3 - Episode 10, 'Whirlwind' (ABC) Michael Carson

    Nominees:

    Phoenix, Season 2 - Episode 11, 'Under Siege' (ABC) Kate Woods
    The Leaving Of Liverpool (ABC) Michael Jennings
    Halfway Across The Galaxy And Turn Left - Episode 19, 'Welcome To The Human Race' (Nine Network) Paul Moloney

  • AAV Award for Best Screenplay in a Television Drama
  • Winner:

    The Leaving Of Liverpool (ABC) Sue Smith, John Alsop

    Nominees:

    Seven Deadly Sins - 'Sloth' (ABC) Hannie Rayson
    Round The Twist, Series 2 - Episode 3, 'Little Squirt' (ABC) Paul Jennings, Esben Storm
    Police Rescue, Series 3 - Episode 1, 'Lifeline' (ABC) Debra Oswald

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama
  • Winner:

    G.P., Series 5 - Episode 20, 'Exposed' (ABC) Peter Phelps

    Nominees:

    Joh's Jury (ABC) Malcolm Kennard
    Police Rescue, Series 3 - Episode 10, 'Whirlwind' (ABC) Jeremy Callaghan
    Joh's Jury (ABC) John Howard

  • Lindemans Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama
  • Winner:

    G.P., Series 5 - 'Alone' (ABC) Denise Roberts

    Nominees:

    Joh's Jury (ABC) Elain Hudson
    The Leaving Of Liverpool (ABC) Christine Tremarco
    Seven Deadly Sins - 'Pride' (ABC) Elizabeth Alexander

  • Lemac Award for Best Television Documentary
  • Winner:

    Who Killed Malcolm Smith? (ABC) Nicholas Adler, Caroline Sherwood

    Nominees:

    Wolves Of The Sea (ABC) David Parer, Elizabeth Parer-Cook
    The Last Man Hanged (ABC) Bill Bennett
    The Burning Piano: A Portrait of Patrick White (ABC) Christopher McCullough

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