The 2015 AFI Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts awards produced an unusual, though not unprecedented twist, with two feature films awarded Best Film.
The Babadook, by first-time feature film director Jennifer Kent, and The Water Diviner, also a directorial debut for Russell Crowe, took out the AACTA Award For Best Film.
The Babadook also took home the AACTA Award for Best Direction and Best Original Screenplay.
David Gulpilil’s performance in Charlie’s Country saw him awarded Best Lead Actor, Predestination star Sarah Snook was awarded Best Lead Actress, Susan Prior’s performance in The Rover earned her Best Supporting Actress and Yilmaz Erdogan was awarded Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Water Diviner.
Each year the ACCTAs honour the nation’s best achievements in film and television, this year held in Sydney.
The Railway Man was recognised as Best Adapted Screenplay, while The Lego Movie took home the Award for Best Visual Effects or Animation. The award for Best Feature Length Documentary went to Ukraine is Not a Brothel.
The awards also recognised the efforts of three outstanding individuals, with the AACTA Trailblazer Award going to Rose Byrne, whose career spans Australian and US film and television across drama and comedy.
The highest honour the Australian academy can bestow upon an individual is the AACTA Longford Lyell Award which went to one of Australia’s most loved and respected writers and producers, Andrew Knight.
Knight wrote and produced vast oceans of television and several films, across several genres, including comedy series Fast Forward, Full Frontal and The D-Generation; television dramas SeaChange, After The Deluge and Tripping Over; and feature films The Water Diviner, Siam Sunset and Spotswood.
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