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AFI AWARDS 2010 - NOMINEES

Five of the six nominations for top feature film honours voted by the AFI members match those voted by industry panels; the exceptions are that the members voted for The Boys Are Back, while the industry voted for The Tree. And everybody voted for Animal Kingdom, which has 18 nominations. Below, we outline the differences between the two major vehicles for the recognition of excellence in film in Australia, the IF and the AFI Awards.

Jacki Weaver joined fellow actors Alex Dimitriades, Gyton Grantley and AFI Ambassador Cate Blanchett, at the Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay on Wednesday (27/10/2010) to make the announcements in front of a crowd of media and filmbiz celebrities and backroom boys.

Anyone comparing the nominees lists with the IF Awards should remember that under the vagaries of Australia’s two film award systems, Mao’s Last Dancer featured in last year’s AFI Awards (Members’ Choice winner), but it is nominated in this year’s IF Awards (Best Feature Film). [See below for more on the two award systems.]

This year’s menu of Australian films should be cause for optimism about quality filmmaking; and when it comes to the annual wringing of hands about share of the box office, we’ll have to remember that most Australian films are in fact arthouse films by definition and by release pattern. A few are crossover, even fewer are mainstream commercial. So what else can we expect than a modest share.

The proposal for a new fund to encourage larger budget, commercial film projects developed by an industry group and adopted as policy by the Coalition during the 2010 election campaign would have made a difference. Back to the drawing board …

AUSTRALIA’S TWO DIFFERENT FILM AWARDS 
Two weeks ago we published the nominees for the 2010 IF Awards, which uses a system of ratings by the film-going public. It’s the ‘popular’ vote for Australian films released in the past 12 months. Ratings differ from simple volume counting to give every film an equal chance, whether seen by 1,000 or 100,000 people.

The Inside Film Awards will be presented at Sydney’s City Recital Hall on Sunday November 14. The AFI Awards will be presented on Saturday, December 10 (industry awards) & 11 (broadcast on Nine Network) at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre.

The AFI Awards system is a bit of a hybrid, in that Institute members (general members) do have a vote in certain categories, as do industry representatives on craft panels. On balance, though, these awards have become more industry driven.

In 2010, the AFI has continued a weighted voting strategy to encourage all members to vote according to their voting rights.

•Professional AFI members who have seen 75% of the feature films in competition (13 out of 17) will receive a fully weighted vote

•Professional AFI Members who have seen less than 13 feature films, shall receive a weighted vote. 

Professionally accredited AFI members vote for Best Film and in the Feature Film craft categories, along with the Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Short Fiction Film and Best Short Animation. General AFI members vote for the Members' Choice Award, Best Short Fiction Film and Best Short Animation.

The TV awards are entirely judged by industry professionals.

FEATURE FILM NOMINEES

SAMSUNG MOBILE AFI AWARD FOR BEST FILM
Animal Kingdom. Liz Watts.
Beneath Hill 60. Bill Leimbach.
Bran Nue Dae. Robyn Kershaw, Graeme Isaac.
Bright Star. Jan Chapman, Caroline Hewitt.
The Tree. Sue Taylor. Yaël Fogiel.
Tomorrow When The War Began. Andrew Mason, Michael Boughen.

AFI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION 
Animal Kingdom. David Michôd.
Beneath Hill 60. Jeremy Hartley Sims.
Bright Star. Jane Campion.
The Tree. Julie Bertuccelli.

MACQUARIE AFI AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 

Animal Kingdom. David Michôd.
Beneath Hill 60. David Roach.
Bright Star. Jane Campion.
Daybreakers. Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig.

MACQUARIE AFI AWARD FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 
Bran Nue Dae. Reg Cribb, Rachel Perkins, Jimmy Chi.
The Tree. Julie Bertuccelli.
Tomorrow When The War Began. Stuart Beattie.
The Boys Are Back. Allan Cubitt.

AFI AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR
Brendan Cowell. Beneath Hill 60.
James Frecheville. Animal Kingdom.
Ben Mendelsohn. Animal Kingdom.
Clive Owen. The Boys Are Back.

AFI AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Abbie Cornish. Bright Star.
Morgana Davies. The Tree.
Charlotte Gainsbourg. The Tree.
Jacki Weaver. Animal Kingdom.

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Joel Edgerton. Animal Kingdom.
Guy Pearce. Animal Kingdom.
Kodi Smit-McPhee. Matching Jack.
Sullivan Stapleton. Animal Kingdom.

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Julia Blake. The Boys Are Back.
Kerry Fox. Bright Star.
Deborah Mailman. Bran Nue Dae.
Laura Wheelwright. Animal Kingdom.

AFI MEMBERS’ CHOICE AWARD
Animal Kingdom. Liz Watts.
Beneath Hill 60. Bill Leimbach.
Bran Nue Dae. Robyn Kershaw, Graeme Isaac.
Bright Star. Jan Chapman, Caroline Hewitt.
The Boys Are Back. Greg Brenman, Tim White.
Tomorrow When The War Began. Andrew Mason, Michael Boughen.

AFI AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Animal Kingdom. Adam Arkapaw.
Beneath Hill 60. Toby Oliver ACS.
Bright Star. Greig Fraser.
The Waiting City. Denson Baker ACS

AFI AWARD FOR BEST EDITING 
Animal Kingdom. Luke Doolan.
Beneath Hill 60. Dany Cooper ASE.
Bright Star. Alexandre de Franceschi ASE.
Tomorrow When The War Began. Marcus D'Arcy.

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SOUND 
Animal Kingdom. Sam Petty, Rob Mackenzie, Philippe Decrausaz.
Beneath Hill 60. Liam Egan, Alicia Slusarski, Mark Cornish, Tony Murtagh.
Bran Nue Dae. Andrew Neil, Steve Burgess, Peter Mills, Mario Vaccaro
Blaire Slater, David Bridie, Scott Montgomery.
Tomorrow When The War Began. Andrew Plain, David Lee, Gethin Creagh
Robert Sullivan.

AFI AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE 
Animal Kingdom. Antony Partos, Sam Petty.
Beneath Hill 60. Cezary Skubiszewski.
Bran Nue Dae. Cezary Skubiszewski, Jimmy Chi, Patrick Duttoo Bin Amat, Garry Gower, 
Michael Manolis Mavromatis, Stephen Pigram.
Bright Star. Mark Bradshaw.

AFI AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN 
Animal Kingdom. Jo Ford.
Beneath Hill 60. Clayton Jauncey.
Bright Star. Janet Patterson.
Tomorrow When The War Began. Robert Webb, Michelle McGahey, Damien Drew,
Bev Dunn.

AFI AWARD FOR BEST COSTUME DESIGN 
Animal Kingdom. Cappi Ireland.
Beneath Hill 60. Ian Sparke, Wendy Cork.
Bran Nue Dae. Margot Wilson.
Bright Star. Janet Patterson

NON-FEATURE FILM NOMINEES

AFI AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
Contact. Martin Butler, Bentley Dean. ABC1
Inside The Firestorm. Lucy Maclaren, Alex West. ABC
The Snowman. Rachel Landers, Dylan Blowen.
Strange Birds In Paradise - A West Papuan Story. Jamie Nicolai, John Cherry.

AFI AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY UNDER ONE HOUR
A Thousand Encores: The Ballets Russes In Australia. Sharyn Prentice, Marianne Latham, Lavinia Riachi. ABC
Rudely Interrupted. Susie Jones, Benjamin Jones. ABC1
Surviving Mumbai. Andrew Ogilvie, Andrea Quesnelle. ABC
You Only Live Twice - The Incredibly True Story Of The Hughes Family. Ruth Cullen. ABC1

AFI AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES
Addicted To Money. Andrew Ogilvie, Andrea Quesnelle. ABC
Disable Bodied Sailors. Karina Holden, Nick Robinson. SBS
Kokoda. Andrew Wiseman. ABC1
Liberal Rule- The Politics That Changed Australia. Nick Torrens, Frank Haines. SBS

AFI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN A DOCUMENTARY 
A Thousand Encores: The Ballets Russes In Australia. Amanda Chang. ABC
Contact. Martin Butler, Bentley Dean. ABC1
Inside The Firestorm. Jacob Hickey. ABC
Strange Birds In Paradise - A West Papuan Story. Charlie Hill-Smith.

AFI AWARD FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A DOCUMENTARY
Disable Bodied Sailors - Episode 3. Nick Robinson. SBS
Miracles - Episode 1, ‘Miracle in the Storm’. Tony Oliver ACS. ABC1
Strange Birds In Paradise - A West Papuan Story. Angus Kemp.
Surviving Mumbai. Jim Frater. ABC

AFI AWARD FOR BEST EDITING IN A DOCUMENTARY 
A Thousand Encores: The Ballets Russes In Australia. Karin Steininger. ABC
Contact. Tania Nehme. ABC1
Inside The Firestorm. Steven Robinson. ABC
Surviving Mumbai. David Fosdick. ABC

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SOUND IN A DOCUMENTARY
A Thousand Encores: The Ballets Russes In Australia. Brett Aplin, Andrew McGrath, Erin McKimm. ABC
Inside The Firestorm. Jock Healy, Tristan Meredith. ABC
Kokoda - Episode 1, ‘The Invasion’. David Bridie, Chris Goodes, Ian Grant, Patrick Slater. ABC1
Strange Birds In Paradise - A West Papuan Story. Mik la Vage, Doron Kipen, David Bridie.

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT ANIMATION 
The Lost Thing. Sophie Byrne, Andrew Ruhemann, Shaun Tan.
Zero. Christopher Kezelos, Christine Kezelos.

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FICTION FILM
Deeper Than Yesterday. Ariel Kleiman, Benjamin Gilovitz, Sarah Cyngler, Anna Kojevnikov.
The Kiss. Sonya Humphrey, Ashlee Page.
The Love Song Of Iskra Prufrock. Lucy Gaffy, Lyn Norfor.
Suburbia. Antonio Oreña-Barlin, Richard Halsted.

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN A SHORT FILM
A Parachute Falling In Siberia. Sarah Shaw, Ian Meadows.
Deeper Than Yesterday. Ariel Kleiman.
Glenn Owen Dodds. Trent Dalton.
The Kiss. Ashlee Page

AFI INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR
Simon Baker. The Mentalist, Season 2. Nine Network
Ryan Kwanten. True Blood, Season 3. Showcase
Kodi Smit-McPhee. The Road
Sam Worthington. Avatar

AFI INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
Toni Collette. United States of Tara, Season 2. ABC1
Bojana Novakovic. Edge of Darkness
Mia Wasikowska. Alice in Wonderland
Naomi Watts. Mother and Child

AFI YOUNG ACTOR AWARD 
Ashleigh Cummings. Tomorrow When The War Began
Morgana Davies. The Tree
James Frecheville. Animal Kingdom
Harrison Gilbertson. Beneath Hill 60

AFI VISUAL EFFECTS AWARD 
Daybreakers. Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig, Rangi Sutton, James Rogers, Randy Vellacott 
The Tree. Dave Morley, Felix Crawshaw, Claudia Lecaros, Tim Walker
Tinglewood. Wil Manning
Tomorrow When The War Began. Chris Godfrey, Sigi Eimutis, Dave Morley, Tony Cole

TELEVISION NOMINEES

AFI AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN’S TELEVISION DRAMA
Dance Academy. Joanna Werner ABC 
Dead Gorgeous. Ewan Burnett, Margot McDonald. ABC
Lockie Leonard. Kylie Du Fresne. Nine Network
My Place. Penny Chapman. ABC

AFI AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN’S TELEVISION ANIMATION
dirtgirlworld. Cate McQuillen. ABC
Erky Perky. Kristine Klohk, Barbara Stephen, Tracy Lenon. Seven Network
The Legend Of Enyo. Avrill Stark, Michael Christensen. Seven Network

AFI AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION COMEDY SERIES
Lowdown. Nicole Minchin, Amanda Brotchie, Adam Zwar. ABC
Review With Myles Barlow, Season 2. Dean Bates. ABC
Wilfred II. Jenny Livingston, Tony Rogers, Adam Zwar, Jason Gann. SBS

AFI AWARD FOR BEST LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION SERIES 
The Gruen Transfer, Series 3. Andrew Denton, Anita Jacoby, Jon Casimir, Debbie Cuell. ABC1
Hungry Beast, Series Two. Andrew Denton, Andy Nehl. ABC1
MasterChef Australia. Margaret Bashfield, Judy Smart, Caroline Spencer. Network Ten
Talkin' 'bout Your Generation. Peter Beck. Network Ten

AFI AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES
The Circuit, Series 2. Ross Hutchens, Colin South. SBS
Rush, Season 3. John Edwards, Mimi Butler. Network Ten
Spirited. Claudia Karvan, Jacquelin Perske, John Edwards. W
Tangle, Season 2. John Edwards, Imogen Banks. Showcase

AFI AWARD FOR BEST TELEFEATURE, MINI SERIES OR SHORT RUN SERIES
A Model Daughter: The Killing Of Caroline Byrne. Karl Zwicky. Network Ten
Hawke. Richard Keddie. Network Ten

AFI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN TELEVISION 
Dance Academy - Episode 2, ‘Week Zero’. Jeffrey Walker. ABC
Hawke. Emma Freeman. Network Ten
Rush, Season 3 - Episode 308, ‘Train’. Grant Brown. Network Ten
Tangle, Season 2 - Episode 16, ‘Lost and Found’. Emma Freeman. Showcase

AFI AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN TELEVISION
Hawke. Glen Dolman. Network Ten
Review With Myles Barlow, Season 2 - Episode 6, ‘Happiness, Escapism, Acceptance’. 
Trent O'Donnell, Phil Lloyd. ABC
Tangle, Season 2 - Episode 15, ‘Sleepwalking’. Fiona Seres. Showcase
Wilfred II – Episode 7, ‘Dog Star’. Jason Gann, Adam Zwar. SBS

AFI AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA 
Garry McDonald. A Model Daughter: The Killing Of Caroline Byrne. Network Ten
Corey McKernan. Lockie Leonard. Nine Network
Aaron Pedersen. The Circuit, Series 2. SBS
Richard Roxburgh. Hawke. Network Ten

AFI AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA 

Cheree Cassidy. Underbelly: The Golden Mile - Episode 7, ‘Full Force Gale’. Nine Network
Justine Clarke. Tangle, Season 2. Showcase
Poppy Lee Friar. Dead Gorgeous. ABC
Catherine McClements. Tangle, Season 2. Showcase

AFI AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA 
Damien Garvey. Underbelly: The Golden Mile - Episode 10, ‘Hurt on Duty’. Nine Network 
Rhys Muldoon. Lockie Leonard - Episode 11, ‘Snake Hide Oil. Nine Network
John Waters. Offspring. Network Ten
Ben Winspear. My Place - Episode 5, ‘1968 Sofia’. ABC

AFI AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA 
Linda Cropper. Satisfaction, Season 3 - Episode 8, ‘Not Vanilla’. Showcase
Sacha Horler. Hawke. Network Ten
Asher Keddie. Hawke. Network Ten
Deborah Mailman. Offspring. Network Ten

AFI AWARD FOR BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION COMEDY
Paul Denny. Lowdown. ABC
Jason Gann. Wilfred II. SBS
Phil Lloyd. Review With Myles Barlow, Season 2. ABC

Published October 27, 2010


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