2019 Australian Academy Awards nominations: ‘The Nightingale,’ ‘The King’ and ‘Hotel Mumbai’ lead

Nominations for the 9th annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards were unveiled in Sydney on Oct. 23, with Jennifer Kent‘s “The Nightingale” sweeping the film nominations with 15 nominations. The period thriller follow-up to Kent’s horror directorial debut “The Babadook” was followed closely by Anthony Maras‘ true story thriller “Hotel Mumbai” and Oscar nominee David Michod‘s Netflix period picture “The King,” with 13 bids apiece. On the TV side, gothic period drama “Lambs of God” shattered AACTA records with 14 nominations across TV categories, with an additional four subscription television award nominations. Winners will be revealed at a luncheon on Dec. 2 and a ceremony two days later.

Other nominees this year include Timothee Chalamet (“The King”), Dev Patel (“Hotel Mumbai”), Ben Mendelsohn (“The King”), Hilary Swank (“I Am Mother”), Ann Dowd (“Lambs of God”), Rachel Griffiths (“Total Control”) and Jacki Weaver (“Bloom”). Previous AACTA Award winner Damon Herriman made AACTA history this year by earning a record four individual nominations as a performer for his roles in the films “Judy & Punch” and “The Nightingale” and his work in TV on “Lambs of God” and FX’s “Mr Inbetween.” In the Best Asian Film category, the Korean Oscar frontrunner “Parasite” was also nominated in a field of nine films from across the continent.

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The Australian academy announces nominations for its local industry prizes a few weeks before it unveils its contenders for the 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 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.

Four years ago, the Aussie academy showered six-time Oscar winner “Mad Max: Fury Road” with a bounty of awards, as it took home Best Film and Best Direction (George Miller) at the International Awards and a whopping 10 awards at the AACTA ceremony held earlier in Sydney. The following year, Oscar contender “Hacksaw Ridge” dominated the field by winning nine awards at the local ceremony and claiming the Best Direction prize for helmer Mel Gibson at the International Awards. Two years ago Oscar nominated “Lion” won a whopping 11 local awards including Best Film, Direction (Garth Davies), Actor (Sunny Pawar), plus winning both supporting prizes for Patel and Nicole Kidman.

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Below are the nominees in the top film categories.

Best Picture
“Hotel Mumbai”
“Judy & Punch”
“The King”
“The Nightingale”
“Ride Like a Girl”
“Top End Wedding”

Best Indie Film
“Acute Misfortune”
“Book Week”
“Buoyancy”
“Emu Runner”
“Sequin in a Blue Room”

Best Asian Film
“Andhadhun”
“Gully Boy”
“Hello, Love, Goodbye”
“Ne Zha”
“Parasite”
“Shadow”
“Super Deluxe”
“The Wandering Earth”
“We Are Little Zombies”

Best Director
Anthony Maras, “Hotel Mumbai”
Mirrah Foulkes, “Judy & Punch”
David Michod, “The King”
Jennifer Kent, “The Nightingale”

Best Actor
Timothee Chalamet, “The King”
Baykali Ganambarr, “The Nightingale”
Damon Herriman, “Judy & Punch”
Dev Patel, “Hotel Mumbai”
Hugo Weaving, “Hearts and Bones”

Best Actress
Nazanin Boniadi, “Hotel Mumbai”
Aisling Franciosi, “The Nightingale”
Teresa Palmer, “Ride Like a Girl”
Miranda Tapsell, “Top End Wedding”
Mia Wasikowska, “Judy & Punch”

Best Supporting Actor
Joel Edgerton, “The King”
Damon Herriman, “The Nightingale”
Andrew Luri, “Hearts And Bones”
Ben Mendelsohn, “The King”
Michael Sheasby, “The Nightingale”

Best Supporting Actress
Tilda Cobham-Hervey, “Hotel Mumbai”
Magnolia Maymuru, “The Nightingale”
Hilary Swank, “I Am Mother”
Bolude Watson, “Hearts And Bones”
Ursula Yovich, “Top End Wedding”

Best Screenplay
John Collee, Anthony Maras, “Hotel Mumbai”
Mirrah Foulkes, “Judy & Punch”
David Michôd, Joel Edgerton, “The King”
Jennifer Kent, “The Nightingale”

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