1st AACTA Awards

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This article is about the winners and nominees of the 1st AACTA Awards. For the winners and nominees of the AACTA International Awards, see 1st AACTA International Awards.
1st AACTA Awards
Date 15 January 2012 and
31 January 2012
Site Westin Hotel and
Sydney Opera House
Sydney, New South Wales
Host No host
Producer John Leahey (executive producer)[1]
Highlights
Best Film Red Dog
Most awards Snowtown (6)
Most nominations The Hunter (14)
Television coverage
Network Nine Network
Duration 2 hours[2]
Ratings 314,000[3]
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The Inaugural Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, known more commonly as the AACTA Awards, presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), honoured the best Australian and foreign films of 2011 took place on two separate events, in Sydney, New South Wales: the AACTA Awards Luncheon, on 15 January 2012, at the Westin Hotel, and the AACTA Awards Ceremony, on 31 January 2012, at the Sydney Opera House. Following the establishment of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, by the Australian Film Institute (AFI), these awards marked the inauguration of the AACTA Awards, but served as a continuum to the AFI Awards, which were presented by the AFI since 1958.[4] The ceremony was televised on the Nine Network.

The nominees for the non-feature award categories were announced on 30 August 2011, and all other non-feature film, feature film and television nominees were announced at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) on 30 November. The Academy will present awards for achievements in foreign film, and will announce the nominees at the AACTA Awards Luncheon.

Background[edit]

On 18 August 2011, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) was established by the Australian Film Institute (AFI), to raise the profile of Australian film and television in Australia and abroad, and to change the way it rewards talent from its previous jury system, to the more recognised and understood elements of foreign film organisations.[5][6] These awards will serve as a continuum to the Australian Film Institute Awards, which were presented by the Australian Film Institute.[7] A gold statuette was created by Australian sculptor Ron Gomboc, which depicts "a human silhouette based on the shape of the Southern Cross constellation."[8] The nominees and winners were determined by the Academy's fifteen Chapters, which comprise screen professionals from industry guilds and organisations including actors, directors, producers and screenwriters, who each decide the nominees in their individual fields and then vote for the winners of each category.[5][9][10] The president of the awards is Australian actor Geoffrey Rush.[11]

Works entered between 7 October 2010 and 2 November 2011 for films, and 5 May 2010 and 24 May 2011 for short films and documentaries were eligible for awards.[12] The films in competition for the inaugural awards were revealed at the announcement of the Academy, with twenty-three Australian feature films originally slated to compete for awards, but it was eventually brought down to twenty-one, when two of the films, Burning Man and The Dragon Pearl, could no longer compete due to a change in their release dates.[13] The films were showcased at the inaugural Festival of Film from 6 October - 14 November in Sydney and Melbourne, for the general public, and for Academy and AFI members to view and judge.[14] The first nominees were announced on 30 August 2011, for non-feature film categories: Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Short Animation and Best Short Fiction Film.[15] Round one voting for feature film categories commenced on 2 November and ended on 16 November.[16] Following the announcement of the nominees on 30 November, round two voting commenced to determine the winners in each category, and ended on 14 December 2011.[16] The first award to be announced was the Raymond Longford Award, which was presented to cinematographer Don McAlpine, at the AACTA awards luncheon, and marked the first award presented by the Academy since its inception.[17] On 30 November 2011, the rest of the non-feature films, along with the entire feature film and television nominees, were announced at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, and was hosted by Adam Elliot.[18][19] Foreign films were also recognised at the AACTA International Awards ceremony, which handed out awards for Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress.[20] The nominees were announced at the AACTA Awards Luncheon on 15 January 2011, in conjunction with the Australia Week Black Tie Gala, and the winners were determined by a jury.[18][21][22]

Ceremonies[edit]

The awards were presented over three separate events: the AACTA Awards Luncheon, at the Westin Hotel on 15 January 2012 and the AACTA Awards Ceremony, at the Sydney Opera House, in Sydney, New South Wales on 31 January 2012;[11][18] and on 27 January, the AACTA International Awards at Soho House, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.[23] The luncheon will present awards in film production, television, all non-feature film categories and the Raymond Longford Award; all other feature film and television awards were handed out at the ceremony; and the International awards presented accolades for films produced outside of Australia, regardless of geography.[A][24] This will mark the first time in ten years since the awards have been presented in Sydney, which had been held in Melbourne previously.[11] The awards date has been shifted from its usual November/December date, to January, 2012, to align them with the international film awards season.[25] The awards ceremony will be broadcast by the Nine Network.[26]

Special awards[edit]

During the AACTA Awards luncheon, special non-competitive awards were handed out to individuals for their contribution to the Australian screen industry. The Raymond Longford Award, a lifetime achievement award, was presented to Don McAlpine, for his contributions to cinematography in feature film.[27] Ivan Sen received the Byron Kennedy Award, an award given to a person in their early career, for: "his unique artistic vision and for showing us, by his resourceful multidisciplinary filmmaking, that telling stories on screen is in reach of all who have something consequential to say."[28] The Outstanding Achievement in Television Screen Craft award was given to production designer Herbert Pinter, for his work on the television series Cloudstreet (2011).[28]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Feature film[edit]

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.

Best Film Best Direction
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Lead Actor Best Lead Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography[A] Best Editing[A]
Best Original Music Score[A] Best Sound[A]
  • Snowtown – Frank Lipson, Andrew McGrath, Des Kenneally, Michael Carden,
    John Simpson and Erin McKimm
    • The Hunter – Sam Petty, David Lee, Robert Mackenzie, Les Fiddess, Tony Murtagh and
      Tom Heuzenroeder
    • Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole – Wayne Pashley,
      Derryn Pasquill, Polly McKinnon, Fabian Sanjurjo, Phil Heywood and Peter Smith
    • Mad Bastards – Phil Judd, Nick Emond and Johanna Emond
    • Snowtown – Frank Lipson, Andrew McGrath, Des Kenneally, Michael Carden, John Simpson
      and Erin McKimm
Best Production Design[A] Best Costume Design[A]
AFI Members' Choice Award[A]

Television[edit]

Best Drama Series Best Comedy Series[A]
Best Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series Best Light Entertainment Series
Best Children's Television Series[A] Best Comedy Performance[A]
Best Lead Actor – Drama Best Lead Actress – Drama
Best Guest or Supporting Actor – Drama Best Guest or Supporting Actress – Drama
Best Direction Best Screenplay

Non-feature film[edit]

Best Feature Length Documentary[A] Best Documentary Under One Hour[A]
Best Short Fiction Film[A] Best Short Animation[A]
  • Forget Me Not – Emily Dean
  • The Missing Key – Garth Nix, Anna McFarlane and Jonathan Nix
  • The Moment — Justin Wight, Kristian Molière, Troy Bellchambers and Shane McNeil
  • Nullarbor — Alister Lockhart, Patrick Sarell, Katrina Mathers, Merrin Jensen and Daryl Munton
Best Documentary Series[A] Best Screenplay in a Short Film[A]
Best Direction in a Documentary[A] Best Cinematography in a Documentary[A]
Best Sound in a Documentary[A] Best Editing in a Documentary[A]

Additional awards[edit]

Best Television Program[B] Best Performance[B]
Best Young Actor Best Visual Effects[A]

Films with multiple nominations[edit]

Presenters and performers[edit]

Presenters[edit]

Presenters are listed alphabetically:[1][29][30][31][32]

Performers[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Daniel Henshall, Best Lead Actor winner
 
Judy Davis, Best Lead Actress winner
 
Hugo Weaving, Best Supporting Actor winner
 
Louise Harris, Best Supporting Actress winner
 

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

A1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 : The following categories will be presented at the AACTA Awards Luncheon, on 15 January 2012, before the main ceremony:[20]Raymond Longford Award, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound, Best Original Music Score, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, AFI Members' Choice Award, Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Documentary Under One Hour, Best Direction – Documentary, Best Cinematography – Documentary, Best Editing – Documentary, Best Sound – Documentary, Best Short Fiction Film, Best Short Animation, Best Screenplay – Short Film
B1 2 : The awards for Best Television Program and Best Performance are television awards, voted for by the public.[33]

References[edit]

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