AACTA Nominations Are In
Ethan Scott | On 15, Dec 2014
…and despite Aussie films performing below average in the box-office, the incredible lineup of award deserving Australian films is something to behold.
The Railway Man
The Water Diviner
The major contenders for the Best Film category seem to be The Babdook, of huge international success in the world of horror cinema, and The Water Diviner, Australiaâ€™s latest Gallipoli blockbuster. Given the rocky history of The Babadook on the local stage, it would be a great publicity push to see it take out the top prize.
Russell Crowe (The Water Diviner)
David Gulpilil (Charlieâ€™s Country)
Guy Pearce (The Rover)
Damon Herriman (The Little Death)
Despite his raw comedic talent, it seems Damon Herriman is the least likely name on this list to take the Best Actor category. Russell, David and Guy have all proven their mettle in their respective roles, but if we had to choose our money is on David Gulpilil for Charlie’s Country.
Mia WasikowskaÂ (Tracks)
Essie DavisÂ (The Babadook)
Sarah SnookÂ (Predestination)
Kate BoxÂ (The Little Death)
Another incredibly strong list of leading ladies makes for another difficult pick. Given the strength of their filmâ€™s successes the likely contenders are Mia and Essie, but there is no wrong pick from these nominations.
Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)
Rolf de Heer (Charlieâ€™s Country)
Peter & Michael Spierig (Predestination)
David MichÃ´d (The Rover)
Four incredible films from four incredible directors. The Australians are truly showing their renewed filmmaking vigour with this group of nominations. While all are certainly deserving, our bet is on Rolf De Heer with Charlieâ€™s Country; a poignant and impactful snapshot of a self-destructive life in the Australian outback.
The Water Diviner
There is no closer list of nominees than this. While anyone could take best screenplay our fingers are crossed for 52 Tuesdays, which has snuck in with this nomination.
Marden DeanÂ (Fell)
Ben NottÂ (Predestination)
Gary PhillipsÂ (The Railway Man)
Mandy WalkerÂ (Tracks)
Another tight race with frontrunners likely Predestination and Fell.Â We can’t pick a favourite, can you?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Patrick BrammallÂ (The Little Death)
Yilmaz ErdoganÂ (The Water Diviner)
Robert PattinsonÂ (The Rover)
TJ PowerÂ (The Little Death)
While there will always be a soft spot in our hearts for Patrick Brammall and TJ Power after their equally hilarious and unique portrayals of modern men in The Little Death, our bets are placed firmly on Robert Pattinson, who has well and truly broken any doubts about his acting talent after an unmentionable mainstream breakout.
BEST SUPPORTINGÂ ACTRESS
Erin JamesÂ (The Little Death)
Jacqueline McKenzieÂ (The Water Diviner)
Kate MulvanyÂ (The Little Death)
Susan PriorÂ (The Rover)
Despite another category being dominated by The Little Death (in particular Kate Mulvanyâ€™s irresistible portrayal of the run-down Australian wife), most eyes seem to be pointed at Jacqueline McKenzie for her role in The Water Diviner â€“ and rightfully so.
There are many more categories to place your bets on at the official website, all with incredibly strong line-ups of Australian films and talent. 2014 has seen an overall slump in the attendance of Aussie films, but that does not reflect on the quality of content we have been creating. This year has been one of the most exciting and fulfilling for proving that Australian films are not a pleasure of the past, and the best is certainly still to come.
What The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Nominees
When Events all through Screenweek (26-29th January, 2015) concluding with the Awards Ceremony on Thursday 29th
Where The Star Event Centre, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont, SYDNEY. Tickets on sale now here. Television screening information TBA.
More information see the official AACTA website here.
Image credits: AACTA and Respective Filmsâ€™ Official Websites