The Sapphires proves to be a gem at Australian film awards
Vietnam war period movie The Sapphires dominated the AACTA’s last night, winning best film, best director (Wayne Blair), best actress (Deborah Mailman), best actor (Chris O’Dowd) and best supporting actress (Jessica Mauboy).
The film about an aboriginal troupe of entertainers who performed for American – and not Australian – soldiers swept the awards, and also won the best screenplay (Keith Thompson and Tony Briggs).
The event staged at Sydney’s Star casino and hosted by Russell Crowe was televised on delay by the Ten Network, but failed to make a dent in OzTam ratings.
It had just 318,00o viewers. But Ten claimed to be was happy as it was a 9.3% increase on the broadcast in 2012 on rival Nine.
The complete list of winners announced at the second AACTAs.
BYRON KENNEDY AWARD
- Sarah Watt
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ACTOR
- Saskia Rosendahl. Lore.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES
- Puberty Blues. John Edwards, Imogen Banks. Network Ten. SBS
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEFEATURE OR MINI SERIES
- Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War. John Edwards, Mimi Butler. Nine Network
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN TELEVISION
- Jack Irish: Bad Debts. Jeffrey Walker. ABC1
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN TELEVISION
- Redfern Now – Episode 6 ‘Pretty Boy Blue’. Steven McGregor. ABC1
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
- Richard Roxburgh. Rake – Season 2. ABC1
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
- Leah Purcell. Redfern Now. ABC1
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
- Aaron Jeffery. Underbelly Badness – Episode 3 ‘The Loaded Dog’. Nine Network.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
- Mandy McElhinney. Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War – Part 2. Nine Network.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST REALITY TELEVISION SERIES
- The Amazing Race Australia. Michael McKay, Trent Chapman, David Gardner, Matt Kowald. Seven Network.
• The Sapphires
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM
- The Sapphires. Rosemary Blight, Kylie du Fresne.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION
- The Sapphires. Wayne Blair.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
- Wish You Were Here. Kieran Darcy-Smith, Felicity Price.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
- The Sapphires. Keith Thompson, Tony Briggs.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR
- Chris O’Dowd. The Sapphires.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS
- Deborah Mailman. The Sapphires.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
- Antony Starr. Wish You Were Here.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
- Jessica Mauboy. The Sapphires.