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In this year’s AFI Awards, Little Fish is nominated in every category for which it is eligible (13), almost matched by The Proposition (12) as well as Look Both Ways (11) and Wolf Creek received seven nominations, but missed out to Oyster Farmer in the Best Film category. But let’s not compare their successes with anything from Hollywood, urges Andrew L. Urban.

The creative as well as commercial successes of several Australian films this past year underline the simplistic nature of last year’s whining about the disintegration of the Australian film industry. Maybe we can also encourage commentators to stop comparing the box office popularity of Australian films to those from Hollywood; that’s as pertinent as comparing the sales volume of Cadburys chocolates to that of the hand made specialities.

The concentration of voting interest has shone the spotlight on the strongest of the films. Both Guy Pearce and Ray Winstone are nominated for Best Actor in The Proposition, which accounts for its 12 nominations (not eligible for Lead Actress and Adapted Screenplay); Look Both Ways (not eligible for Adapted Screenplay) was two categories short of its full compliment (Supporting Actor and Music Score).

Creatively, the year has been a resounding success for Australian film, with a significant proportion of the released films showing robust writing, casting and direction across a wide range of material, from the Australian Western of The Proposition to the shattering horror of Wolf Creek and the innovation of Look Both Ways. Oyster Farmer made romantic comedy look more intelligent than usual and Little Fish trawled an important aspect of the modern Australian experience with verve.

Producer of Little Fish, Vincent Sheehan said: "We are very honoured by the number of nominations Little Fish has received. The fact that the box office has been so strong and is still holding shows that the story is connecting with Australian audiences and as filmmakers that is what you most hope for."

There’s nothing sweeter than when box office adds popularity to critical acclaim: at the time of the nominations announcement on Friday, October 21, Little Fish had grossed $2.8 million in six weeks; Look Both Ways had grossed $2.3 million in its nine weeks in release; The Proposition had taken just under $1 million in its first two weeks; and Oyster Farmer had taken over $2.3 million in its cinema season earlier in the year. Hating Alison Ashley took $2.08 million and Three Dollars, which opened on in April, has taken $1.35 million at cinemas.  By comparison, Danny Boyle’s (Trainspotting) latest film, Millions, slid out of the top 20 after four weeks with takings of $410,598. The well reviewed Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johanssen starring adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s play, A Good Woman, had spent 13 weeks in the top 20, taking $2.6 million.

L’Oréal Paris AFI Award for Best Film
Little Fish, Vincent Sheehan, Liz Watts, Richard Keddie
Look Both Ways, Bridget Ikin
Oyster Farmer, Anthony Buckley, Piers Tempest
The Proposition, Chris Brown, Jackie O’Sullivan, Chiara Menage, Cat Villiers

Film Finance Corporation AFI Award for Best Lead Actor
Hugo Weaving, Little Fish
William McInnes, Look Both Ways
Guy Pearce, The Proposition
Ray Winstone, The Proposition

Jan Logan AFI Award for Best Lead Actress
Saskia Burmeister, Hating Alison Ashley
Cate Blanchett, Little Fish
Justine Clarke, Look Both Ways
Frances O’Connor, Three Dollars

Empire Magazine AFI Award for Best Direction
Little Fish, Rowan Woods
Look Both Ways, Sarah Watt
The Proposition, John Hillcoat
Wolf Creek, Greg McLean

AFI Award for Best Original Screenplay
Little Fish, Jacquelin Perske
Look Both Ways, Sarah Watt
The Proposition, Nick Cave
Wolf Creek, Greg McLean

AFI Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Hating Alison Ashley, Christine Madafferi
The Illustrated Family Doctor, Kriv Stenders, David Snell
The Widower, Lyndon Terracini
Three Dollars, Robert Connolly, Elliot Perlman

AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress

Tracy Mann, Hating Alison Ashley
Noni Hazlehurst, Little Fish
Daniela Farinacci, Look Both Ways
Kestie Morassi, Wolf Creek

Palace Cinemas AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor
Martin Henderson, Little Fish
Anthony Hayes, Look Both Ways
John Hurt, The Proposition
Robert Menzies, Three Dollars

Complete Post AFI Award for Best Editing
Little Fish, Alexandre de Franceschi ASE, John Scott ASE
Look Both Ways, Denise Haratzis ASE
The Proposition, Jon Gregory
Wolf Creek, Jason Ballantine

AFI Award for Best Original Music Score
Little Fish, Nathan Larson
The Proposition, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis
Three Dollars, Alan John
Wolf Creek, Francois Tetaz

AFI Award for Best Production Design

Little Fish, Luigi Pittorino
Look Both Ways, Rita Zanchetta
The Proposition, Chris Kennedy
Three Dollars, Luigi Pittorino

AFI Award for Best Costume Design
Hating Alison Ashley, Paul Warren
Little Fish, Melinda Doring
Look Both Ways, Edie Kurzer
The Proposition, Margot Wilson

AFI Award for Best Sound
Little Fish, Sam Petty, Peter Grace
Look Both Ways, Andrew Plain, Peter Smith, Toivo Lember
The Proposition, Tim Alban, Paul Davies, Craig Walmsley
Wolf Creek, Des Kenneally, Peter Smith, Pete Best, Tom Heuzenroeder

Atlab AFI Award for Best Cinematography
Little Fish, Danny Ruhlmann ACS
Oyster Farmer, Alun Bollinger
The Proposition, Benoît Delhomme
Wolf Creek, Will Gibson

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