2008 Australian Film Institute Awards

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50th Australian Film Institute Awards
Date 5–6 December 2008
Highlights
Best Film The Black Balloon
Best Direction Elissa Down
The Black Balloon
Best Actor William McInnes
Unfinished Sky
Best Actress Monic Hendrickx
Unfinished Sky
Supporting Actor Luke Ford
The Black Balloon
Supporting Actress Toni Collette
The Black Balloon
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The 50th Annual Australian Film Institute Awards ceremony, honouring the best in film and television acting achievement for the year 2008 in the cinema of Australia, took place on 5–6 December 2008. During the ceremony, the Australian Film Institute presented Australian Film Institute Awards (commonly referred to as AFI Awards) in 40 categories including feature films, television, animation and documentaries. It was hosted by Stephen Curry of TV1's The King.

The nominees for Best Documentary, Best Short Fiction Film and Best Short Animation were announced on 7 August whilst all the other nominees were announced at the Nominations Announcement in Sydney on 29 October. The Black Balloon had the most nominations with a total of 11 including Best Film.

Winners of major awards[edit]

This is a breakdown of winners of major awards categories only. For a complete list of nominees and winners, see 50th Australian Film Institute Awards nominees and winners.

Film[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Award Winner Producer
Best Film The Black Balloon Tristram Miall

Directing[edit]

Award Winner Film
Best Direction Elissa Down The Black Balloon

Acting[edit]

Award Winner Film
Best Actor in a Lead Role William McInnes Unfinished Sky
Best Actress in a Lead Role Monic Hendrickx Unfinished Sky
Best Supporting Actor Luke Ford The Black Balloon
Best Supporting Actress Toni Collette The Black Balloon

Writing[edit]

Award Winner Film
Best Original Screenplay Elissa Down and Jimmy the Exploder The Black Balloon
Best Adapted Screenplay Peter Duncan Unfinished Sky

Additional Awards[edit]

Award Winner Film
Best International Actor Heath Ledger The Dark Knight
Best International Actress Cate Blanchett Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Young Actor Award Danielle Catanzariti Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger
Byron Kennedy Award Chris Lilley Summer Heights High
Reader's Choice Award Hugh Jackman Australia
Australia's Favourite Film Award The Castle Working Dog Productions

Television[edit]

Series[edit]

Award Winner Producer
Best Comedy Series Summer Heights High Chris Lilley
Best Drama Series Underbelly Greg Haddrick
Best Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series East West 101 Steve Knapman

Directing[edit]

Award Winner Series
Best Direction in Television Peter Andrikidis Underbelly

Acting[edit]

Award Winner Series
Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama Gyton Grantley Underbelly
Best Actress in a Television Drama Kat Stewart Underbelly
Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama Damian Walshe-Howling Underbelly
Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama Madeleine West Underbelly

Writing[edit]

Award Winner Series
Best Screenplay on Television Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch The Hollowmen

Multiple nominations[edit]

Films[edit]

The following films received multiple nominations.

Television[edit]

The following television series received multiple nominations.

References[edit]