This year’s standout box office hit The Sapphires, is up against Burning Man, Lore and Wish You Were Here for the crown of best film in the AACTA (Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts) Awards, to be presented at the end of January in Sydney.
With 18 nominations, The Sapphires is the most nominated film in what are Australia’s most prestigious annual film awards, it was revealed in Sydney today. The Goalpost Pictures musical about a group of indigenous women who sing for the troops during the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, has had a dream run since its world premiere at Cannes this year.
Burning Man, a dramatic, structurally complex film about how a bereaved man uses relationships with women to recover from the death of his wife, has ten nominations.
Wish You Were Here, a drama with thriller undertones about a Cambodian holiday that goes terribly wrong, has eight nominations, as has Lore, in which the teenage daughter of Nazi parents leads her siblings across Germany with the help of a stranger directly after the fall of Hitler. Saskia Rosendahl has been nominated for a young actor award for her performance in this role.
Lore is an official co-production with Germany and Australia’s entry in the foreign language category of the Academy Awards. If it wins best film Sydney producer Liz Watts will share the honour with non-Australians Karsten Stöter, Paul Welsh and Benny Drechsel.
Burning Man also has a non-Australian producer, being the UK’s Andy Paterson; it’s also the only film in which the director – Jonathan Teplitzky – has a producing credit.
The four contenders for best film are also the films nominated in the category for best direction: Teplizky is nominated alongside Cate Shortland (Lore) and debut directors Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) and Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here).
Teplitzky and Darcy-Smith also have nominations in one of the two screenplay categories, with Darcy-Smith credited alongside his wife Felicity Price, who is also nominated in the category for best actress, alongside Sarah Snook (Not For Children), Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires) and Toni Collette (Mental). Mailman is also nominated for her performance in Mental in the category for best supporting actress. In fact, five of Mental’s eight nominations are for acting.
In the acting category, the UK’s Matthew Goode (Burning Man) and Ireland’s Chris O’Dowd (The Sapphires) are up against Australia’s Joel Edgerton (Wish You Were Here) and Guy Pearce (33 POSTCARDS, a co-production with China).
In all, 13 films are nominated in at least one category.
The AACTA Awards were known as the Australian Film Institute Awards up until 2010 when an Australian Academy was formed.
The presentations will be split across two events: a luncheon on January 28, and an evening ceremony on January 30. They will be the first public events held at The Star Event Centre, which is part of a refurbished casino, entertainment and retail complex in Sydney.
The full list of film awards, and some selected TV, documentary and short film awards are as follows:
Burning Man, producers Andy Paterson, Jonathan Teplitzky
Lore, Karsten Stöter, Liz Watts, Paul Welsh, Benny Drechsel
The Sapphires, Rosemary Blight, Kylie du Fresne
Wish You Were Here, Angie Fielder
Burning Man, Jonathan Teplitzky
Lore, Cate Shortland
The Sapphires, Wayne Blair
Wish You Were Here, Kieran Darcy-Smith
Burning Man, Jonathan Teplitzky
Mental, PJ Hogan
Not Suitable For Children, Michael Lucas
Wish You Were Here, Kieran Darcy-Smith, Felicity Price
Lore, Cate Shortland, Robin Mukherjee
The Sapphires, Keith Thompson, Tony Briggs
Joel Edgerton, Wish You Were Here
Matthew Goode, Burning Man
Chris O’Dowd, The Sapphires
Guy Pearce, 33 POSTCARDS
Toni Collette, Mental
Deborah Mailman, The Sapphires
Felicity Price, Wish You Were Here
Sarah Snook, Not Suitable For Children
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ryan Corr, Not Suitable For Children
Liev Schreiber, Mental
Antony Starr, Wish You Were Here
Gary Waddell, The King Is Dead!
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Essie Davis, Burning Man
Rebecca Gibney, Mental
Deborah Mailman, Mental
Jessica Mauboy, The Sapphires
Burning Man, Garry Phillips ACS
Lore, Adam Arkapaw
The Sapphires, Warwick Thornton
Wish You Were Here, Jules O’Loughlin ACS
Burning Man, Martin Connor
The Sapphires, Dany Cooper ASE
Wish You Were Here, Jason Ballantine ASE
X, Cindy Clarkson
Burning Man, David Lee, Andrew Plain, Gethin Creagh
Lore, Sam Petty, Michael Busch, Robert Mackenzie, Antony Gray, Yulia Akerholt, Brooke Trezise
The Sapphires, Andrew Plain, Bry Jones, Pete Smith, Ben Osmo, John Simpson
Swerve, Pete Smith, John Simpson, Martyn Zub, Des Kenneally
ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
33 POSTCARDS, Antony Partos
A Few Best Men, Guy Gross
Mental, Michael Yezerski
Not Suitable For Children, Matteo Zingales, Jono Ma
Burning Man, Steven Jones-Evans APDG
Killer Elite, Michelle McGahey
Lore, Silke Fischer
The Sapphires, Melinda Doring
Burning Man, Lizzy Gardiner
Lore, Stefanie Bieker
Mental, Tim Chappel
The Sapphires, Tess Schofield
RAYMOND LONGFORD AWARD
Al Clark, producer.
FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
A Common Purpose, producer Mitzi Goldman
The Curse Of The Gothic Symphony, Veronica Fury
Dr Sarmast’s Music School, Beth Frey
Storm Surfers 3D, Ellenor Cox, Marcus Gillezeau
BEST SHORT ANIMATION
The Hunter, Marieka Walsh
LEGO® Star Wars®: The Padawan Menace TM,David Scott, Mark Thorley, Amber Naismith
The Maker, Christopher Kezelos, Christine Kezelos
Sleight Of Hand, Michael Cusack, Richard Chataway ACS
SHORT FICTION FILM
B I N O, Billie Pleffer, Rita Walsh
Dumpy Goes To The Big Smoke, Mirrah Foulkes, David Michôd, Michael Cody
Julian, Robert Jago, Matthew Moore
Transmission, Zak Hilditch, Liz Kearney
TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES
Puberty Blues, John Edwards, Imogen Banks
Rake – Season 2, Ian Collie, Peter Duncan, Richard Roxburgh
Redfern Now, Darren Dale, Miranda Dear
Tangle – Season 3, John Edwards, Imogen Banks
TELEFEATURE OR MINI SERIES
Beaconsfield, John Edwards, Jane Liscombe
Devil’s Dust, Antonia Barnard, Stephen Corvini
Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, John Edwards, Mimi Butler
Underground, Helen Bowden
Brenna Harding, Puberty Blues (TV)
Ed Oxenbould, Julian (short film)
Saskia Rosendahl, Lore
Lily Sullivan, Mental
Iron Sky, Samuli Torssonen, Jussi Lehtiniemi, Juuso Kaari, Kelly Myers
Killer Elite, Ineke Majoor, Julian Dimsey
The Sapphires, James Rogers
Utopia Girls — How Women Won The Vote (TV), Kylie Robertson, Rebecca Stegh, Monica Monin