8th Annual Australian International Academy Awards nominations: ‘A Star is Born’ leads with five nominations

Leading Oscar contender “A Star is Born” reaped a leading five nominations for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) International Awards. Joining the frontrunner in the top race is four-time nominee “Vice” and three-time contenders “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Roma.” The eighth annual edition of these awards will be held at The Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 4th, 2019. The full list of nominees is below.

Winners are decided by about 150 Australian filmmakers. About half of these voters also cast ballots for the Academy Awards and BAFTAs and their roster also includes members of the Screen Actors Guild and the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which doles out the Golden Globe Awards.

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Although the AACTAs are generally prescient when it comes to which films and performers are in the hunt for Oscar recognition, they do tend to favor home grown talent. Of this year’s nominees, helmer (and recent winner at the local AACTA ceremony last week) Warwick Thornton (“Sweet Country”) and actors Toni Collette (“Hereditary”), Nicole Kidman (a double nominee for “Destroyer” and “Boy Erased”), Hugh Jackman (“The Front Runner”), Margot Robbie (“Mary Queen of Scots”) and Joel Edgerton (“Boy Erased”) are given a welcome boost by their compatriots Down Under.

However, the awards generally still provide valuable clues on where the Oscar race might be headed. Last year the Oz Academy awarded Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya”) on their way to ultimate Oscar wins. And although it awarded “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with its Best Film prize, the other four nominated films (“Call Me By Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Lady Bird” and eventual Oscar champ “The Shape of Water”) went on to make the Oscar Best Picture shortlist.

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AACTA International Award for Best Film
“A Star is Born”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“Roma”
“Vice”

AACTA International Award for Best Direction

Bradley Cooper, ”A Star is Born”
Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”
Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”
Warwick Thornton, “Sweet Country”

AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay

John Krasinski, Scott Beck, Bryan Woods, “A Quiet Place”
Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”
Anthony McCarten, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Tony McNamara, Deborah Davis, “The Favourite”
Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”

AACTA International Award for Best Actress

Glenn Close, “The Wife”
Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”
Toni Collette” Hereditary”
Lady Gaga, “A Star is Born”
Nicole Kidman, “Destroyer”

AACTA International Award for Best Actor

Christian Bale, “Vice”
Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born”
Hugh Jackman, “The Front Runner”
Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”
Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams, “Vice”
Emily Blunt, “A Quiet Place”
Claire Foy, “First Man”
Nicole Kidman, “Boy Erased”
Margot Robbie, “Mary Queen of Scots”

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”
Timothée Chalamet, “Beautiful Boy”
Joel Edgerton, “Boy Erased”
Sam Elliott, “A Star is Born”
Sam Rockwell, “Vice”

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