AACTA Winners & Nominees

AFI Past winners

The 2002 AFI Awards proved to be a breakthrough year for indigenous filmmakers, and the four finalists for Best Film this year all had indigenous themes. They were Rabbit-Proof Fence with 10 nominations, Australian Rules (6), Beneath Clouds (6) and The Tracker (6).

Other multiple nominees were Walking On Water (9), Swimming Upstream (5), Dirty Deeds (4), Garage Days (3), Molokai: The Story Of Father Damien (2) and The Hard Word (2).

The awards were shared around this year. Dirty Deeds won awards in the categories of Best Costume Design and Best Production Design. Tess Schofield’s award for Best Costume Design was her third from four nominations and Chris Kennedy’s award for Best Production Design was his third from eight nominations.

The Tracker won a very significant award when David Gulpilil was named Best Lead Actor. He was the first indigenous actor to win in this category. Gulpilil had been nominated in 1977 as Best Lead Actor for Storm Boy. He received another nomination in 2002 (as Best Supporting Actor) for Rabbit-Proof Fence.

The other three acting awards went to Walking On Water. Judi Farr was named Best Supporting Actress, Nathaniel Dean won Best Supporting Actor and Best Lead Actress went to Maria Theodorakis. Walking On Water also won in the categories of Best Editing (Reva Childs) and Best Original Screenplay (Roger Monk). These five prize winners were all first time nominees.

The award for Best Adapted Screenplay went to Australian Rules and was shared by Phillip Gwynne and Paul Goldman. Each was making his feature film debut.

Beneath Clouds set two landmarks. In his feature film debut, indigenous cameraman Allan Collins won the Best Cinematography award in a very strong field that included Geoffrey Hall (Dirty Deeds), Christopher Doyle (Rabbit-Proof Fence) and Ian Jones (Tracker). He had a previous nomination in the non-feature category for his work on The Wind. Ivan Sen became the first indigenous filmaker to win in the Best Direction category. His fellow nominees were Phillip Noyce (Rabbit-Proof Fence), Rolf de Heer (The Tracker) and Tony Ayres (Walking On Water). Sen’s previous nomination, like Collins’, was for Wind. He had two other 2002 nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Music. Beneath Clouds also received a special screen-writing prize.

The remaining awards went to Rabbit-Proof Fence. Bronwyn Murphy, Craig Carter, Ian McLoughlin and John Penders won for Best Sound. The award for Best Original Music went to Peter Gabriel, whose memorable earlier work included The Last Temptation Of Christ. The award for Best Film was shared by Phillip Noyce, Christine Olsen and John Winter. Winter had an earlier nomination in this category. Olsen was making her feature film debut and was also nominated in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay. Noyce had won awards as director and co-writer on Newsfront, had been nominated as director for Dead Calm, and was again nominated as director for Rabbit-Proof Fence.

In the non-feature awards, A Wedding In Ramallah was named Best Documentary and won the award for Best Direction in a Documentary. Both awards went to first-time film maker Sherine Salama.

In the television section, The Road From Coorain won four awards. English Actress Juliet Stevenson was named Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama and Brendan Maher won Best Direction in a Television Drama. He had previously won in 1997 for an episode of Good Guys Bad Guys. The award for Best Mini-Series or Telefeature went to Penny Chapman whose first nomination this was. A Television Open Craft went to Jo Ford for her production design. She had been nominated for a Television Open Craft award in 2001 for My Brother Jack.

The award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama went to Joel Edgerton for his work in The Secret Life Of Us. He had been nominated for his work in this series in 2000. He was also nominated this year in the feature film category as Best Supporting actor for his performance in The Hard Word.

The Raymond Longford Award was given to Patricia Edgar, particularly for her work as founding director of The Australian Children’s Television Foundation, which was set up in 1975. ACTF has won many awards including an Emmy and has made co-productions with Revcom, Disney and the BBC.

Rachel Perkins was the recipient of the Byron Kennedy Award for the breadth of her work and her passionate championing of indigenous film making and film makers.

2002 Winners & Nominees

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FEATURE FILM

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NON-FEATURE FILM

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ADDITIONAL AWARDS

  • AFI Award for Best Foreign Film
  • Winner:

    Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Tim Sanders

    Nominees:

    A Beautiful Mind Brian Grazer, Ron Howard
    Amélie Claudie Ossard
    Gosford Park Robert Altman, Bob Balaban, David Levy

  • AFI Longford Life Achievement Award
  • Winner:

    Patricia Edgar (Producer)

  • Byron Kennedy Award
  • Winner:

    Rachel Perkins

  • AFI Global Achievement Award
  • Winner:

    Mel Gibson

  • AFI Award for Open Craft in a Non-Feature Film
  • Winner:

    Dad's Clock (for Production Design) Dik Jarman

    Nominees:

    East Timor - Birth Of A Nation: Rosa's Story (for Original Score) Kavisha Mazzella, Anito Matos, Helder De Araujo
    Rainbow Bird & Monster Man (for Production Design) Neil Angwin
    The Way Back (for Acting) Norman Yemm

  • AFI Open Craft Award in a Television Drama
  • Winner:

    The Road From Coorain (for Production Design) (ABC) Jo Ford

    Nominees:

    Halifax f.p, Series 6 - 'Takes Two' (for Cinematography) (Nine Network) Brent Crockett ACS
    The Road From Coorain (for Cinematography) (ABC) Tristan Milani ACS
    The Road From Coorain (for Original Score) (ABC) Steven Rae

  • AFI Young Actors' Award
  • Winner:

    Halifax f.p, Series 6 - 'Playing God' (Nine Network) Emily Browning

    Nominees:

    Escape Of The Artful Dodger (Nine Network) Luke O'Loughlin
    Rabbit-Proof Fence Everlyn Scampi

  • Harper's Bazaar AFI Screenwriting Prize
  • Winner:

    Ivan Sen

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TELEVISION

  • AFI Award for Best Children’s Television Drama
  • Winner:

    Short Cuts (Seven Network) Margot McDonald

    Nominees:

    Escape Of The Artful Dodger (Nine Network) Roger Mirams, Howard Rubie, Emanuel Matsos
    Southern Cross (Nine Network) Sue Taylor, Paul D. Barron
    Tracey McBean, Series 1 (ABC) Noel Price, Charlotte Damgaard, Mark Irvine

  • AFI Award for Best Television Drama Series
  • Winner:

    Kath & Kim, Series 1 (ABC) Mark Ruse

    Nominees:

    All Saints, Series 5 (Seven Network) Di Drew
    MDA (Medical Defence Australia), Series 1 (ABC) Riccardo Pellizzeri, Greg Haddrick
    The Secret Life Of Us (Network Ten) Amanda Higgs, John Edwards

  • Holding Redlich AFI Award for Best Telefeature or Mini-Series
  • Winner:

    The Road From Coorain (ABC) Penny Chapman

    Nominees:

    Halifax f.p, Series 6 - 'Takes Two' (Nine Network) Roger Le Mesurier, Roger Simpson, Steve Jodrell
    Heroes' Mountain (Network Ten) Anthony Buckley
    Secret Bridesmaids' Business (ABC) Lynda House

  • AFI Award for Best Direction in a Television Drama
  • Winner:

    The Road From Coorain (ABC) Brendan Maher

    Nominees:

    All Saints, Series 5 - Episode 1, 'Opening Night' (Seven Network) Peter Fisk
    Halifax f.p, Series 6 - 'Takes Two' (Nine Network) Ken Cameron
    The Secret Life Of Us, Series 1 - Episode 18, 'Intimations Of Mortality' (Network Ten) Richard Jasek

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

    Kath & Kim, Series 1 - Episode 8, ‘Wedding’ (ABC) Gina Riley, Jane Turner

    Nominees:

    Halifax f.p, Series 6 - 'Takes Two' (Nine Network) Katherine Thomson
    Kath & Kim, Series 1 - Episode 2, 'Gay' (ABC) Gina Riley, Jane Turner
    The Secret Life Of Us, Series 1 - Episode 18, 'Intimations Of Mortality' (Network Ten) Christopher Lee

  • KPMG AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama
  • Winner:

    The Secret Life Of Us (Network Ten) Joel Edgerton

    Nominees:

    MDA (Medical Defence Australia), Series 1 (ABC) Shane Bourne
    White Collar Blue (Network Ten) Peter O'Brien
    Young Lions (Nine Network) Tom Long

  • Max Factor AFI Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama
  • Winner:

    The Road From Coorain (ABC) Juliet Stevenson

    Nominees:

    Halifax f.p, Series 6 - 'Takes Two' (Nine Network) Mary Docker
    MDA (Medical Defence Australia), Series 1 (ABC) Kerry Armstrong
    The Secret Life Of Us (Network Ten) Claudia Karvan

  • AFI Award for Best Actor in a Supporting or Guest Role in a Television Drama
  • Winner:

    Always Greener, Series 1 (Seven Network) Clayton Watson

    Nominees:

    Bad Cop, Bad Cop - Episode 8, 'Yesterday's Zero' (ABC) Gary Waddell
    Heroes' Mountain (Network Ten) Tom Long
    MDA (Medical Defence Australia), Series 1 - Episode 7, 'When It Rains, It Pours' (ABC) Angus Grant

  • AFI Award for Best Actress in a Supporting or Guest Role in a Television Drama
  • Winner:

    Kath & Kim, Series 1 - Episode 8, ‘Wedding’ (ABC) Magda Szubanski

    Nominees:

    All Saints, Series 5 - Episode 1, 'Opening Night' (Seven Network) Belinda McClory
    Secret Bridesmaids' Business (ABC) Rebecca Frith
    Secret Bridesmaids' Business (ABC) Sacha Horler

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