AACTA Award for Best Direction

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AACTA Award
Best Direction
Country Australia
Presented by Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA)
First awarded 1971
Currently held by Wayne Blair, The Sapphires (2012)
Official website http://www.aacta.org

The AACTA Award for Best Direction 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 1969-2010, 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 Direction.[3]

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the following table, the years listed correspond to the year of film release; the ceremonies are usually held the same year.[A] The director in bold and in dark blue background have received a special award; those in bold and in yellow background have won a regular competitive award. Those that are neither highlighted nor in bold are the nominees. When sorted chronologically, the table always lists the winning director first and then the other nominees.[4][5]

Contents
AFI Awards (1971-2010)
AACTA Awards (2011-present)
1970s • 1980s • 1990s • 2000s • 2010s
  Winner of a special prize (1971-1975)
  Winner of a competitive award (1976–present)
Year Director Film
AFI Awards
1970s
1971
(13th)
Peter Weir Homesdale
1972
(14th)
Tim Burstall Stork
1973
(15th)
Eric Porter Marco Polo Junior Versus the Red Dragon
1974-75
(16th and
17th)
John Power Billy and Percy
1976
(18th)
Fred Schepisi The Devil's Playground
1976
(18th)
Tim Burstall End Play
1976
(18th)
Bert Deling Pure Shit
1976
(18th)
Peter Weir Picnic at Hanging Rock
1977
(19th)
Bruce Beresford Don's Party
1977
(19th)
Chris Löfvén Oz
1977
(19th)
Philippe Mora Mad Dog Morgan
1977
(19th)
Henri Safran Storm Boy
1978
(20th)
Phillip Noyce Newsfront
1978
(20th)
John Duigan Mouth to Mouth
1978
(20th)
Fred Schepisi The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
1978
(20th)
Peter Weir The Last Wave
1979
(21st)
Gillian Armstrong My Brilliant Career
1979
(21st)
Donald Crombie Cathy's Child
1979
(21st)
Esben Storm In Search of Anna
1979
(21st)
George Miller Mad Max
1980s
1980
(22nd)
Bruce Beresford Breaker Morant
1980
(22nd)
John Honey Manganinnie
1980
(22nd)
Stephen Wallace Stir
1980
(22nd)
Simon Wincer Harlequin
1981
(23rd)
Peter Weir Gallipoli
1981
(23rd)
Bruce Beresford The Club
1981
(23rd)
John Duigan Winter of Our Dreams
1981
(23rd)
Claude Whatham Hoodwink
1982
(24th)
George Miller Mad Max 2
1982
(24th)
Carl Schultz Goodbye Paradise
1982
(24th)
Paul Cox Lonely Hearts
1982
(24th)
Michael Pattinson Moving Out
1983
(25th)
Carl Schultz Careful, He Might Hear You
1983
(25th)
Paul Cox Man of Flowers
1983
(25th)
Simon Wincer Phar Lap
1983
(25th)
Peter Weir The Year of Living Dangerously
1984
(26th)
Paul Cox My First Wife
1984
(26th)
Gil Brealey Annie's Coming Out
1984
(26th)
Ken Cameron Fast Talking
1984
(26th)
Sophia Turkiewicz Silver City
1985
(27th)
Ray Lawrence Bliss
1985
(27th)
Bill Bennett A Street to Die
1985
(27th)
Glenda Hambly Fran
1985
(27th)
Bob Ellis Unfinished Business
1986
(28th)
Nadia Tass Malcolm
1986
(28th)
Paul Cox Cactus
1986
(28th)
George Ogilvie Short Changed
1986
(28th)
Bruce Beresford The Fringe Dwellers
1987
(29th)
John Duigan The Year My Voice Broke
1987
(29th)
Michael Pattinson and Bruce Myles Ground Zero
1987
(29th)
Gillian Armstrong High Tide
1987
(29th)
Roger Scholes The Tale of Ruby Rose
1988
(30th)
Vincent Ward The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey
1988
(30th)
Pino Amenta Boulevard of Broken Dreams
1988
(30th)
Craig Lahiff Fever
1988
(30th)
Don McLennan Mullaway
1989
(31st)
Fred Schepisi Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark)[6]
1989
(31st)
Paul Cox Island
1989
(31st)
Ben Lewin Georgia
1989
(31st)
Phillip Noyce Dead Calm
1990s
1990
(32nd)
Ray Argall Return Home
1990
(32nd)
Paul Cox Golden Braid
1990
(32nd)
Jerzy Domaradzki Struck by Lightning
1990
(32nd)
Stephen Wallace Blood Oath
1991
(33rd)
Jocelyn Moorhouse Proof
1991
(33rd)
Rolf de Heer Dingo
1991
(33rd)
Jackie McKimmie Waiting
1991
(33rd)
John Ruane Death in Brunswick
1992
(34th)
Baz Luhrmann Strictly Ballroom
1992
(34th)
Gillian Armstrong The Last Days of Chez Nous
1992
(34th)
Bruce Beresford Black Robe
1992
(34th)
Geoffrey Wright Romper Stomper
1993
(35th)
Jane Campion The Piano
1993
(35th)
Michael Jenkins The Heartbreak Kid
1993
(35th)
James Ricketson Blackfellas
1993
(35th)
Richard Lowenstein Say a Little Prayer
1994
(36th)
Rolf de Heer Bad Boy Bubby
1994
(36th)
Stephan Elliott The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
1994
(36th)
P. J. Hogan Muriel's Wedding
1994
(36th)
Alkinos Tsilimidos Everynight ... Everynight
1995
(37th)
Michael Rymer Angel Baby
1995
(37th)
Richard Franklin Hotel Sorrento
1995
(37th)
Margot Nash Vacant Possession
1995
(37th)
John Ruane That Eye, the Sky
1996
(37th)
Scott Hicks Shine
1996
(38th)
Paul Cox Lust and Revenge
1996
(38th)
Peter Duncan Children of the Revolution
1996
(38th)
Clara Law Floating Life
1997
(39th)
Bill Bennett Kiss or Kill
1997
(39th)
David Caesar Idiot Box
1997
(39th)
Chris Kennedy Doing Time for Patsy Cline
1997
(39th)
Samantha Lang The Well
1998
(40th)
Rowan Woods The Boys
1998
(40th)
Ana Kokkinos Head On
1998
(40th)
Craig Monahan The Interview
1998
(40th)
Rachel Perkins Radiance
1999
(41st)
Gregor Jordan Two Hands
1999
(41st)
Christina Andreef Soft Fruit
1999
(41st)
Bill Bennett In a Savage Land
1999
(41st)
John Curran Praise
2000s
2000
(42nd)
Andrew Dominik Chopper
2000
(42nd)
Pip Karmel Me Myself I
2000
(42nd)
Jonathan Teplitzky Better Than Sex
2000
(42nd)
Kate Woods Looking for Alibrandi
2001
(43rd)
Ray Lawrence Lantana
2001
(43rd)
David Caesar Mullet
2001
(43rd)
Robert Connolly The Bank
2001
(43rd)
Baz Luhrmann Moulin Rouge!
2002
(44th)
Ivan Sen Beneath Clouds
2002
(44th)
Tony Ayres Walking on Water
2002
(44th)
Rolf de Heer The Tracker
2002
(44th)
Phillip Noyce Rabbit-Proof Fence
2003
(45th)
Sue Brooks Japanese Story
2003
(45th)
Gregor Jordan Ned Kelly
2003
(45th)
Paul Moloney Crackerjack
2003
(45th)
Jonathan Teplitzky Gettin' Square
2004
(46th)
Cate Shortland Somersault
2004
(46th)
Khoa Do The Finished People
2004
(46th)
Jan Sardi Love's Brother
2004
(46th)
Alkinos Tsilimidos Tom White
2005
(47th)
Sarah Watt Look Both Ways
2005
(47th)
John Hillcoat The Proposition
2005
(47th)
Greg McLean Wolf Creek
2005
(47th)
Rowan Woods Little Fish
2006
(48th)
Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr Ten Canoes
2006
(48th)
Paul Goldman Suburban Mayhem
2006
(48th)
Clayton Jacobson Kenny
2006
(48th)
Ray Lawrence Jindabyne
2007
(49th)
Tony Ayres The Home Song Stories
2007
(49th)
Cherie Nowlan Clubland
2007
(49th)
Richard Roxburgh Romulus, My Father
2007
(49th)
Matthew Saville Noise
2008
(50th)
Elissa Down The Black Balloon
2008
(50th)
Peter Duncan Unfinished Sky
2008
(50th)
Nash Edgerton The Square
2008
(50th)
Dee McLachlan The Jammed
2009
(51st)
Warwick Thornton Samson and Delilah
2009
(51st)
Bruce Beresford Mao's Last Dancer
2009
(51st)
Robert Connolly Balibo
2009
(51st)
Rachel Ward Beautiful Kate
2010s
2010
(52nd)
David Michôd Animal Kingdom
2010
(52nd)
Julie Bertuccelli The Tree
2010
(52nd)
Jane Campion Bright Star
2010
(52nd)
Jeremy Hartley Sims Beneath Hill 60
AACTA Awards
2011
(1st)
Justin Kurzel Snowtown
2011
(1st)
Daniel Nettheim The Hunter
2011
(1st)
Fred Schepisi The Eye of the Storm
2011
(1st)
Kriv Stenders Red Dog
2012
(2nd)
Wayne Blair The Sapphires
2012
(2nd)
Kieran Darcy-Smith Wish You Were Here
2012
(2nd)
Cate Shortland Lore
2012
(2nd)
Jonathan Teplitzky Burning Man
2013
(3rd)
Baz Luhrmann The Great Gatsby
2013
(3rd)
Ivan Sen Mystery Road
2013
(3rd)
Kim Mordaunt The Rocket
2013
(3rd)
The Turning Ensemble The Turning

Notes[edit]

A^ : From 1958-2010, the awards were held during the year of the films release. However, the 1974-75 awards were held in 1975 for films released in 1974 and 1975, and the first AACTA Awards were held in 2012 for films released in 2011.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AACTA - The Academy". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "AACTA - The Academy - The Awards". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "AACTA - The Academy - Background". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 4 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "AFI/AACTA - Winners & Nominees". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 4 June 2012.  Note: User must select years listed on page to view winners of that decade/year.
  5. ^ Additional winners and nominees references:
    • French, Lisa; Poole, Mark (2009). Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute. Australian Teachers of Media. p. 165. ISBN 1-876467-20-7. 
    • French, Lisa; Poole, Mark (2009). Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute. Australian Teachers of Media. p. 166. ISBN 1-876467-20-7. 
    • French, Lisa; Poole, Mark (2009). Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute. Australian Teachers of Media. p. 167. ISBN 1-876467-20-7. 
    • French, Lisa; Poole, Mark (2009). Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute. Australian Teachers of Media. p. 168. ISBN 1-876467-20-7. 
  6. ^ "A Cry in the Dark (1988) - Release dates". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2012-06-15. 
  7. ^ "AACTA - Past Winners - 1970-1979 - 1974-1975". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Bodey, Michael (8 November 2011). "Industry academy announces new awards". The Australian (News Limited (News Corporation)). Retrieved 5 June 2012. 

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