AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

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AACTA Award
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Country Australia
Presented by Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA)
First awarded 1972
Currently held by Leonardo DiCaprio, The Great Gatsby (2013)
Official website http://www.aacta.org

The AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role is an award presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), a non-profit organisation whose aim is to "to identify, award, promote and celebrate Australia's greatest achievements in film and television."[1] The award is presented at the annual AACTA Awards, which hand out accolades for achievements in feature film, television, documentaries and short films.[2] From 1971–2010, the category was presented by the Australian Film Institute (AFI), the Academy's parent organisation, at the annual Australian Film Institute Awards (known as the AFI Awards).[3] When the AFI launched the Academy in 2011, it changed the annual ceremony to the AACTA Awards, with the current award being a continuum of the AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.[3]

From 1971 up until 1975, the awards for Best Actor and Best Actress were awarded in a single category for Best Performance.[4][5] In 1971 the prize was given to Monica Maughan over fellow nominee Peter Cummins, who received a special mention for his performances in the films Some Regrets, The Hot Centre of the World (1971 short film), Bonjour Balwyn and Carson's Watermelons. From 1972-1975, the single award was handed out to the best actor and actress of the respective award giving years, with honourable mentions made to supporting casts. From 1976 to the present, the accolade has been handed out as a separate award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

Candidates for this award must be human and male, and cannot be nominated for the same role in the supporting actor category.[6]

Previous winners[edit]

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Film
2011 (1st) Daniel Henshall Snowtown
2011 (1st) Willem Dafoe The Hunter
2011 (1st) Geoffrey Rush The Eye of the Storm
2011 (1st) David Wenham Oranges and Sunshine
2012 (2nd) Chris O'Dowd The Sapphires
2012 (2nd) Joel Edgerton Wish You Were Here
2012 (2nd) Matthew Goode Burning Man
2012 (2nd) Guy Pearce 33 Postcards
2013 (3rd) Leonardo DiCaprio The Great Gatsby
2013 (3rd) Sitthiphon Disamoe The Rocket
2013 (3rd) Ewen Leslie Dead Europe
2013 (3rd) Hugo Weaving The Turning

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AACTA – The Academy". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "AACTA – The Academy – The Awards". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "AACTA – The Academy – Background". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  4. ^ French, Lisa; Poole, Mark (2009). Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute. Australian Teachers of Media. p. 27. ISBN 1-876467-20-7. 
  5. ^ 1971-1975 awards:
  6. ^ "Part2: Rule 5.6 – Special Conditions for Feature Film; Special Rules for Acting Awards". 2013 AACTA Awards Rule Book. Australian Film Institute. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "A Cry in the Dark (1988) - Release dates". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 

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