Australian Academy Awards: Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ leads with 13 AACTA nominations

Nominations for the sixth annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards were unveiled in Sydney on Oct. 27, with Mel Gibson’s acclaimed comeback “Hacksaw Ridge” dominating the field with 13 nominations including for Best Picture and Best Director for Gibson. Interestingly, Aussie Garth Davis’ “Lion,” Australian-funded and partly filmed in Australia, and a likely contender on the awards circuit this year, was not eligible for consideration at the AACTA’s local awards, either because of its release date (it opens Down Under in January 2017) or because it did not meet the Aussie Academy’s strict local production criteria.

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Nominees also included the likes of Andrew Garfield, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths (all for “Hacksaw Ridge”) and Sam Neill, Miranda Otto and Anna Torv (all for “The Daughter”).

The Australian Academy typically announces nominations for its local industry awards a few weeks before it unveils its International Awards, which are held separately in Los Angeles each year across seven categories: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress. Those nominations are expected to be revealed in mid-December this year, and will likely include many of the films and performers jostling for attention in this crowded pre-Oscars awards season, as the AACTAs continue to position themselves as an Oscar bellwether like their BAFTA brethren have done in recent years in the mother country.

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Last year, The Aussie Academy showered six-time Oscar winner “Mad Max: Fury Road” with awards, as it took home Best Film and Best Direction (George Miller) at the International Awards and a whopping ten AACTA Awards at the local AACTA ceremony held earlier in Sydney.

Joining “Hacksaw Ridge” in the Best Film lineup are “The Daughter” (co-produced by previous Oscar nominee for “The Piano” Jan Chapman) “Girl Asleep,” “Goldstone” and “Tanna” (which is Australia’s submission for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars).

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The AACTA Awards will be held in Sydney on December 5th. Below is a full list of the film nominations.

BEST FILM
“The Daughter”
“Girl Asleep”
“Goldstone”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Tanna”

BEST DIRECTION
Rosemary Myers, “Girl Asleep”
Ivan Sen, “Goldstone”
Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, “Tanna”

BEST LEAD ACTOR
John Brumpton, “Pawno”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Damian Hill, “Pawno”
Ewen Leslie, “The Daughter”

BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Maeve Dermody, “Pawno”
Maggie Naouri, “Joe Cinque’s Consolation”
Teresa Palmer, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Odessa Young, “The Daughter”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mark Coles Smith, “Pawno”
Damon Herriman, “Down Under”
Sam Neill, “The Daughter”
Hugo Weaving, “Hacksaw Ridge”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kerry Armstrong, “Pawno”
Rachel Griffiths, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Miranda Otto, “The Daughter”
Anna Torv, “The Daughter”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“Down Under”
“Goldstone”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Pawno”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“The Daughter”
“Girl Asleep”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Girl Asleep”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Spear”
“Tanna”

BEST EDITING
“The Daughter”
“Girl Asleep”
“Goldstone”
“Hacksaw Ridge”

BEST SOUND
“The Daughter”
“Gods of Egypt”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Tanna”

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
“Boys in the Trees”
“Gods of Egypt”
“Tanna”
“Teenage Kicks”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
“The Daughter”
“Girl Asleep”
“Goldstone”
“Hacksaw Ridge”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“Girl Asleep”
“Gods of Egypt”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Spear”

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