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Sarah Watt has emerged as Australia’s hottest new director, after her debut feature Look Both Ways was voted Best Film at the AFI Awards where she also won her second Best Director Award, following a similar honour at the IF Awards earlier in the week. Andrew L. Urban reports.

It has been a three horse race for the most major awards picked up this year, as Look Both Ways, The Proposition and Little Fish shared the bulk of the nominations, but it’s Sarah Watt and her producer Bridget Ikin who have emerged as the most awarded, with Watt voted (AFI Awards) and rated (IF Awards) Best Director. The Proposition was rated Best Film in the IF Awards, and Little Fish secured the top acting awards across the board, thanks to Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Noni Hazlehurst.

Cate Blanchett in fact received two awards in the AFIs, as did Chris Kennedy; Kennedy for his Production Design for The Proposition (presented Friday) and the Byron Kennedy Award (presented Saturday), Blanchett for Best Actress in Little Fish and the News Ltd Readers’ Choice Award (both presented Saturday).

For the first time, the AFI Awards were presented in two separate ceremonies in Melbourne on two consecutive nights (Friday & Saturday, Nov. 25 & 26), both hosted by Russell Crowe. Although called the ‘Craft Awards’ the categories are a mish mash of awards that appear to have been slotted into the Friday event for commercial TV reasons (see below) – much to the chagrin of craft guilds who feel shunted. On Friday, the awards split 13 for film and one for TV; on Saturday, it was 15 for film, 11 for TV and two others (non specific). Channel 9 edited the Friday presentations into a 5-minute package for inclusion on Saturday’s Awards show. (Both were hosted by Russell Crowe in top form, adding a dash of humour, a touch of politics and a splash of Italian to the gig.)

Others, including Urban Cinefile, have suggested that if the AFI Awards are split at all, the split should be between film and TV; better still, drop the TV awards altogether, which were included some years ago to whet the appetites of TV stations to broadcast the (film) awards presentation.

This year, to encourage TV coverage, newly appointed event organiser Paul Dainty invited Russell Crowe to host the function, which did indeed encourage Channel 9 to agree to cover the night. But even with Crowe on board, the Nine Network felt so insecure about the AFI Awards attraction for viewers it scheduled it for a 10.55pm start on the Saturday. So having the TV awards (all 12 of them) clutter up what is a film awards night doesn’t really seem worth it. The AFI stand for Australian Film Institute; it was never intended to spawn another TV gong show.

L’Oréal Paris AFI Awards (Presented Saturday November 26)
Presenters at the Awards Dinner included Geoffrey Rush, Rachel Griffiths, Baz Luhrmann, Melissa George, Richard Roxburgh, Simon Baker, Jack Thompson, Claudia Karvan, Saskia Burmeister, Sigrid Thornton, Martin Henderson, Vince Colosimo, Susie Porter, Pia Miranda, Alex Dimitriades and Mick Molloy.

Best Film
Look Both Ways, Bridget Ikin

Best Direction
Look Both Ways, Sarah Watt

Best Original Screenplay
Look Both Ways, Sarah Watt

Best Lead Actor
Hugo Weaving, Little Fish

Best Lead Actress
Cate Blanchett, Little Fish

Best Adapted Screenplay
Three Dollars, Robert Connolly, Elliot Perlman

Best Supporting Actress
Noni Hazlehurst, Little Fish

Best Supporting Actor
Anthony Hayes, Look Both Ways

Best Documentary
Land Mines – a love story, Dennis O’Rourke

Best Short Fiction Film
Jewboy, Tony Krawitz

Best Short Animation
The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, Anthony Lucas

International Award for Best Actor
Russell Crowe, Cinderella Man

International Award for Best Actress
Emily Browning, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

Byron Kennedy Award
Chris Kennedy

Longford Life Achievement Award
Ray Barrett

Young Actor Award
Sophie Luck, Blue Water High

News Limited Readers’ Choice Award
Cate Blanchett

Best Children’s Television Drama
Holly’s Heroes, Ann Darrouzet, Dave Gibson, Jenni Tosi

Best Comedy Series
John Safran vs God, Selin Yaman, John Safran

Best Light Entertainment Series
The Glass House, Ted Robinson

Best Television Drama Series

Love My Way, John Edwards, Claudia Karvan

Best Telefeature or Mini Series
The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant, Andrew Benson, Greg Haddrick

Best Direction in Television
Jessica Hobbs, Love My Way (Ep 8)

Best Screenplay in Television

Jacquelin Perske, Love My Way (Ep 9)

Best Lead Actor in Television

Shane Bourne, MDA

Best Lead Actress in Television
Claudia Karvan, Love My Way

Best Guest or Supporting Actor in Television

Max Cullen, Love My Way (Ep 8)

Best Guest or Supporting Actress in Television

Anita Hegh, MDA (Ep 6)

The L’Oreal Paris AFI Craft Awards (presented Friday November 25):

Guests were entertained at the event with performances by Nick Cave and Russell Crowe. Special guest presenters included Geoffrey Rush, Simon Baker, Catherine Martin, Martin Henderson, Christiane Kubrick, Steve Bisley and Paul Grabowsky.

Best Cinematography
The Proposition, Benoît Delhomme

Best Editing
Little Fish, Alexandre de Franceschi ASE, John Scott ASE

Best Original Music Score

The Proposition, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis

Best Production Design
The Proposition, Chris Kennedy

Best Costume Design
The Proposition, Margot Wilson

Best Sound

Little Fish, Sam Petty, Peter Grace, Robert Sullivan, Yulia Akerholt

Best Direction in a Documentary
Jabe Babe: A Heightened Life, Janet Merewether

Best Screenplay in Short Film
Jewboy, Tony Krawitz

Best Cinematography in a Non-Feature Film
Jewboy, Greig Fraser

Best Sound in a Non-Feature Film
Vietnam Symphony, Leo Sullivan, Tony Vaccher, Danny Longhurst

Best Editing in a Non-Feature Film
Mr Patterns, James Bradley

Outstanding Achievement in Craft in a Non-Feature Film
Anthony Lucas, The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, Production Design

International Excellence in Filmmaking
Roger Savage, The House of Flying Daggers

Outstanding Achievement in Craft in Television
John Safran, John Safran vs God, Original Concept

Published November 27, 2005

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Look Both Ways

Russell Crowe - International Award for Best Actor
Cinderella Man


Cate Blanchett & Hugo Weaving - Little Fish

Sarah Watt (Photo Annabel Moeller)

The AFI Awards 2005 (Photo Belinda Rolland)

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