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AFI AWARDS 2008 – NOMINEES

VOTERS AND PUBLIC IN SYNC (LARGELY)
The Black Balloon’s 11 nominations reflect the film’s box office popularity with gross takings to date of $2.3 million; Unfinished Sky has 10 nominations and has grossed $0.96 million; The Jammed and The Square with seven nominations each, have taken $0.36 million and $0.31 million respectively. [The Jammed is no longer playing at cinemas.]


Four of the cast of The Black Balloon are nominated for an acting award, as are three of the cast of The Square and The Jammed, two of the cast of Bitter & Twisted and both the leads of Unfinished Sky.

Of course there is no correlation between AFI voting and box office popularity, nor does ‘popular’ necessarily mean ‘outstanding’. And in some cases, especially documentaries, popularity can’t be properly assessed since these films are difficult for audiences to see. Have you seen Rare Chicken Rescue? It is nominated for 5 awards, including Best Documentary.

Not surprisingly, the late Heath Ledger is among the nominees for the International award for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight.

Vince Colosimo joined fellow actors Asher Keddie and Steve Bisley at the Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay to announce the nominations.

Most of the so-called major, or popular, awards will be presented at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre on Saturday December 6, and will be televised on the Nine Network at 9.30pm. The technical Awards, presented by Digital Pictures, will take place at the Princess Theatre on Friday December 5.

AFI International Award for Best Actor
• Eric Bana. The Other Boleyn Girl
• Russell Crowe. American Gangster
• Heath Ledger. The Dark Knight
• Jack Thompson. Leatherheads

AFI International Award for Best Actress
• Cate Blanchett. Elizabeth: The Golden Age
• Judy Davis. The Starter Wife. Network Ten
• Rachel Griffiths. Brothers & Sisters. Seven Network
• Nicole Kidman. The Golden Compass

L’Orιal Paris AFI Young Actor Award
• Danielle Catanzariti. Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger
• Tom Green. The Ground Beneath
• Saoirse Ronan. Death Defying Acts
• Clarence John Ryan. September

AFI Visual Effects Award
• Death Defying Acts. James Rogers
• Double The Fist (Series 2). Doug Bayne, Adam MacGowan, Michael Blake & Bill McGuire. ABC
• Gabriel. Matthew Graham & Steve Anderson
• H2O – Just Add Water (Series 2). Barry Lanfranchi. Network Ten

FEATURE FILM NOMINEES
L’Orιal Paris AFI Award for Best Film
• The Black Balloon. Tristram Miall
• The Jammed. Dee McLachlan, Andrea Buck & Sally Ayre-Smith
• The Square. Louise Smith
• Unfinished Sky. Cathy Overett & Anton Smit

AFI Award for Best Direction
• The Black Balloon. Elissa Down
• The Jammed. Dee McLachlan
• The Square. Nash Edgerton
• Unfinished Sky. Peter Duncan

Macquarie AFI Award for Best Original Screenplay

• The Black Balloon. Elissa Down & Jimmy The Exploder
• Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger. Cathy Randall
• The Jammed. Dee McLachlan
• The Square. Joel Edgerton & Matthew Dabner

Macquarie AFI Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
• All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane. Stephen Vagg
• Unfinished Sky. Peter Duncan

AFI Award for Best Cinematography
• The Black Balloon. Denson Baker ACS
• Death Defying Acts. Haris Zambarloukos BSC
• The Tender Hook. Geoffrey Simpson ACS
• Unfinished Sky. Robert Humphreys ACS

AFI Award for Best Editing
• The Black Balloon. Veronika Jenet ASE
• Black Water. Rodrigo Balart
• The Jammed. Dee McLachlan & Anne Carter
• Unfinished Sky. Suresh Ayyar ASE

AFI Award for Best Sound
• The Black Balloon. Ben Osmo & Paul Pirola
• Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger. Liam Egan, Tony Murtagh, Phil Judd MPSE & Des Kenneally
• The Tender Hook. Liam Egan, Tony Murtagh, Phil Judd MPSE & Gary Wilkins
• Unfinished Sky. Andrew Plain, Annie Breslin & Will Ward

AFI Award for Best Original Music Score
• The Black Balloon. Michael Yezerski
• The Square. Franηois Tιtaz & Ben Lee
• The Tender Hook. Chris Abrahams
• Unfinished Sky. Antony Partos

AFI Award for Best Production Design
• Children of the Silk Road. Steven Jones-Evans
• Death Defying Acts. Gemma Jackson
• The Tender Hook. Peter Baxter
• Unfinished Sky. Laurie Faen

AFI Award for Best Costume Design
• Children of the Silk Road. Wenyan Gao & Kym Barrett
• Death Defying Acts. Susannah Buxton
• Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger. Shareen Beringer
• The Tender Hook. Cappi Ireland

AFI Award for Best Lead Actor
• Rhys Wakefield. The Black Balloon
• Guy Pearce. Death Defying Acts
• David Roberts. The Square
• William McInnes. Unfinished Sky

AFI Award for Best Lead Actress
• Noni Hazlehurst. Bitter & Twisted
• Emma Lung. The Jammed
• Veronica Sywak. The Jammed
• Monic Hendrickx. Unfinished Sky

AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor
• Luke Ford. The Black Balloon
• Erik Thomson. The Black Balloon
• Joel Edgerton. The Square
• Anthony Hayes. The Square

AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress
• Leeanna Walsman. Bitter & Twisted
• Toni Collette. The Black Balloon
• Maeve Dermody. Black Water
• Saskia Burmeister. The Jammed

NON FEATURE NOMINEES
AFI Award for Best Documentary
• Beyond Our Ken. Luke Walker
• Not Quite Hollywood. Craig Griffin & Michael Lynch
• The Oasis. Ian Darling
• Rare Chicken Rescue. Vickie Gest

AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary
• Beyond Our Ken. Melissa Maclean & Luke Walker
• The Oasis. Ian Darling & Sascha Ettinger Epstein
• Rachel: A Perfect Life. Fiona Cochrane
• Rare Chicken Rescue. Randall Wood

AFI Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary

• A Northern Town. Andrew Commis & Rachel Landers
• Bomb Harvest. Kim Mordaunt
• NIGHT. Laurie McInnes
• Rare Chicken Rescue. Randall Wood

AFI Award for Best Editing in a Documentary

• Not Quite Hollywood. Jamie Blanks, Sara Edwards & Mark Hartley
• The Oasis. Sally Fryer
• Rare Chicken Rescue. Scott Walton
• The Siege. Stewart Young ASE

AFI Award for Best Sound in a Documentary
• Fairweather Man. Ben Crane, Michael Gissing, Guy Gross & Mike Jones
• The Oasis. Felicity Fox & Michael Gissing
• Rare Chicken Rescue. Brett Aplin, Greg Docwra & John Willsteed
• The Siege. Ian McLoughlin, Antony Partos & David White

AFI Award for Best Short Animation
• Chainsaw. Fiona Cochrane & Dennis Tupicoff
• Dog With Electric Collar. Steve Baker & Damon Escott
• Mutt. Beth Frey & Glen Hunwick
• Paper City Architects. Daniel Agdag

AFI Award for Best Short Fiction Film

• fOUR. Zyra McAuliffe & Erin White
• Jerrycan. Stuart Parkyn & Julius Avery
• The Ground Beneath. Kristina Ceyton & Rene Hernandez
• My Rabit Hoppy. Anthony Lucas

AFI Award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film
• 296 Smith Street. John Evagora
• Chainsaw. Dennis Tupicoff
• fOUR. Erin White
• The Ground Beneath. Rene Hernandez

Published 1pm, October 29, 2008
 

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