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AFI AWARDS 2009 –WINNERS

TWO UNIQUE HEROIC JOURNEYS RECOGNISED
The AFI voters chose Samson & Delilah and the public* voted for Mao’s Last Dancer in this year’s crowded AFI Awards, the former recognising a unique cinematic work, the latter confirming significant popular satisfaction – both films reflecting two very different heroic journeys.


Samson & Delilah also won awards for screenplay and direction, and its newcomer leads won the Young Actor Award, a more fitting honour than its grown up counterparts, which were won by Anthony LaPaglia (Balibo) and Frances O’Connor (Blessed). In the previously presented industry awards (see below) Samson & Delilah also won awards, including cinematography for Warwick Thornton, who now has claim to be the most awarded debuting filmmaker in Australian history.

In the award’s 25th year, Ray Brown, legendary Key Grip was honoured with the Byron Kennedy Award, which is presented for outstanding creative enterprise within the film or television industry. The Byron Kennedy Award is given to an individual whose quality of work embodies the qualities of Byron Kennedy: innovation, vision and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Ray ‘Brownie’ Brown is a legendary, larger than life crew member who has been a celebrated part of the Australian film landscape for over 30 years. The Byron Kennedy Award is presented by Kennedy Miller Mitchell, in association with the AFI, and includes a cash prize of $10,000.

THE WINNERS:
SAMSUNG Mobile AFI Award for Best Film
Samson & Delilah. Kath Shelper

AFI Award for Best Direction
Samson & Delilah. Warwick Thornton

Macquarie AFI Award for Best Original Screenplay
Samson & Delilah. Warwick Thornton

Macquarie AFI Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Balibo. David Williamson, Robert Connolly

AFI Award for Best Original Music Score
Mao’s Last Dancer. Christopher Gordon

AFI Award for Best Lead Actor
Anthony LaPaglia. Balibo

AFI Award for Best Lead Actress
Frances O’Connor. Blessed

AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor
Oscar Isaac. Balibo

AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress
Rachel Griffiths. Beautiful Kate

AFI Award for Best Feature Length Documentary
Glass: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts. Scott Hicks, Susanne Preissler

AFI Young Actor Award
Marissa Gibson & Rowan McNamara. Samson & Delilah

AFI INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR
Russell Crowe. State of Play

AFI International Award for Best Actress
Toni Collette. United States of Tara. ABC1

BYRON KENNEDY Award
Ray Brown

NEWS LIMITED READERS’ CHOICE AWARD
Mao’s Last Dancer. Jane Scott

AFI HIGHEST GROSSING FILM AWARD
Australia. Marc Wooldridge, Baz Luhrmann, G. Mac Brown, Catherine Knapman, Stuart Beattie, Ronald Harwood, Richard Flanagan

AFI Award for Best Television Drama Series
East West 101, Season 2. Kristine Wyld, Steve Knapman. SBS

AFI Award for Best Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series
False Witness. Greg Haddrick, Peter Andrikidis. UKTV

AFI Award for Best Direction in Television
East West 101, Season 2 (Episode 13, Atonement) Peter Andrikidis. SBS

AFI Award for Best Screenplay in Television
Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities (Episode 11, The Brotherhood) Kris Mrksa. Nine Network

AFI Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama
Roy Billing. Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities. Nine Network

AFI Award for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama
Susie Porter. East West 101, Season 2. SBS

AFI Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama
Damian de Montemas. Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities (Episode 11, The Brotherhood). Nine Network

AFI Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama
Anni Finsterer. 3 Acts of Murder. ABC1

INDUSTRY AWARDS
Separated from the televised categories like the victims of a crazed King Solomon, the AFI categories deemed perhaps too ‘in’ to be of interest to TV viewers were presented their awards on Friday December 11, 2009 in Melbourne, with the rest of the awards presented during the telecast on Saturday.


World acclaimed Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Nathan McGuinness was honoured with the AFI International Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. This is a career-based award recognising the work of Australians in film and television produced internationally. Nathan McGuinness is also a BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee.

The new AFI Awards acknowledging documentary filmmaking were celebrated including the AFI Award for Best Documentary Series, presented to First Australians and the AFI Award for Best Documentary Under One Hour, awarded to Solo.

AFI Award for Best Cinematography
Samson & Delilah. Warwick Thornton

AFI Award for Best Editing

Balibo. Nick Meyers ASE

AFI Award for Best Sound
Samson & Delilah. Liam Egan, David Tranter, Robert Sullivan, Tony Murtagh,
Yulia Akerholt, Les Fiddess

AFI Award for Best Production Design
Australia. Catherine Martin, Ian Gracie, Karen Murphy, Beverley Dunn

AFI Award for Best Costume Design
Australia. Catherine Martin, Eliza Godman

AFI Members’ Choice Award
Samson & Delilah. Kath Shelper

AFI Award for Best Children’s Television Drama
The Elephant Princess. Jonathan M. Shiff, Joanna Werner. Network Ten

AFI Award for Best Children’s Television Animation
Figaro Pho. Luke Jurevicius. ABC1

AFI Award for Best Light Entertainment Television Series
§ Spicks and Specks. Anthony Watt. ABC

AFI Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy
§ Phil Lloyd. Review With Myles Barlow. ABC

AFI Award for Best Television Comedy Series
Review With Myles Barlow. Dean Bates. ABC

AFI Award for outstanding achievement in television screen craft
§ Luke Jurevicius. Figaro Pho - Creative Excellence

AFI Award for Best Direction in a Documentary
The Choir. Michael Davie

AFI Award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary
Cracking the Colour Code (Episode 2, Making Colours). Ian Batt, Vincent Fooy. SBS

AFI Award for Best Editing in a Documentary
How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer. Zen Rosenthal. ABC

AFI Award for Best Sound in a Documentary
Intangible Asset Number 82. Matthew Ferris, Michael Gissing, Andrew McGrath

AFI Award for Best Documentary Under One Hour
§ Solo. Jennifer Peedom. ABC1

AFI Award for Best Documentary Series
§ First Australians. Darren Dale, Rachel Perkins, Helen Panckhurst. SBS

AFI Award for Best Short Animation
§ The Cat Piano. Jessica Brentnall, Eddie White, Ari Gibson

AFI Award for Best Short Fiction Film
§ Miracle Fish. Drew Bailey, Luke Doolan

AFI Award for Best Screenplay in a Short Film
§ Miracle Fish. Luke Doolan

AFI Award for Outstanding Achievement in Short Film Screen Craft
§ Andrew McLeod. Water - Cinematography

AFI Visual Effects Award

§ Australia. Chris Godfrey, James E. Price, Andy Brown, Rob Duncan

AFI International Award for excellence in filmmaking
Nathan McGuinness. Senior Visual Effects Supervisor.
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Published December 13, 2009

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Samson & Delilah

AFI Awards 2009 – presented in Melbourne, December 11 & 12, 2009

*The News Limited Readers’ Choice Award for Mao’s Last Dancer was voted for by the Australian public in an online and SMS poll by readers of the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Mail, Courier Mail and Adelaide Advertiser.


Mao's Last Dancer


State of Play


Geoffrey Rush - Raymond Longford Award Winner (presented August 2009)


Ray Brown - Byron Kennedy Award Recipient


Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts


Baz Luhrmann accepts award

Australia


The Choir







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