Will inaugural Australian Academy Awards predict Oscars?

Nominations for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) international awards were announced by Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver (“Animal Kingdom”) at Saturday’s G’Day USA Black Tie Gala in Los Angeles.

The AACTA Awards were established last year to replace the AFI Awards, which have been honoring the best of Australian cinema since 1958. With the addition of five new international categories (Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Screenplay), the AACTA is positioning itself as an alternative to BAFTA as a bellwether for the Oscars.

The AACTA notes that a “jury of pre-eminent Australian screen practitioners from a cross-section of crafts and with a wealth of local and international experience has selected the AACTA International Award nominees and winners.”

AACTA President Geoffrey Rush will reveal the winners at a special AACTA International Awards Event held in association with Australians in Film in Los Angeles on Jan. 27. That’s more than two weeks before the BAFTAs and a month ahead of the Oscars.

“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“The Ides of March”
“Margin Call”
“Midnight In Paris”
“The Tree of Life”
“We Need to Talk About Kevin”

Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”
Nicolas Winding Refn – “Drive”
Martin Scorsese – “Hugo”
J. C. Chandor – “Margin Call”
Lars von Trier – “Melancholia”
Woody Allen – “Midnight in Paris”
Terrence Malick – “The Tree of Life”
Lynne Ramsay – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash – “The Descendants”
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon – “The Ides of March”
J.C. Chandor – “Margin Call”
Lars von Trier – “Melancholia”
Woody Allen – “Midnight in Paris”
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin – “Moneyball”
Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

George Clooney – “The Descendants”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “J. Edgar”
Jean Dujardin – “The Artist”
Michael Fassbender – “Shame”
Ryan Gosling – “The Ides of March”
Brad Pitt – “Moneyball”

Glenn Close – “Albert Nobbs”
Kirsten Dunst – “Melancholia”
Meryl Streep – “The Iron Lady”
Tilda Swinton – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Mia Wasikowska – “Jane Eyre”
Michelle Williams – “My Week With Marilyn”

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