2008 Australian Film Institute Awards
|50th Australian Film Institute Awards|
|5–6 December 2008|
|Best Film||The Black Balloon|
|Best Direction||The Black Balloon - Elissa Down|
|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|
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
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.
|Best Film||The Black Balloon||Tristram Miall|
|Best Direction||Elissa Down||The Black Balloon|
|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|
|Best Original Screenplay||Elissa Down and Jimmy the Exploder||The Black Balloon|
|Best Adapted Screenplay||Peter Duncan||Unfinished Sky|
|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|
|Best Direction in Television||Peter Andrikidis||Underbelly|
|Best Screenplay on Television||Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch||The Hollowmen|
The following films received multiple nominations.
- 11 nominations:
- 10 nominations:
- 7 nominations:
The following television series received multiple nominations.
- 8 nominations:
- 6 nominations:
- 3 nominations:
- 2 nominations:
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