AACTA Awards brings back separate TV comedy and light entertainment categories for 2015

AACTAEntries are now open for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards, with the awards splitting the previously combined award for best television comedy or light entertainment series into two separate categories.

The decision to separate the awards follows consultation with the Australian comedy community and aims to recognise the “considerable contribution of these two highly regarded television genres”.

At this year’s ceremony Todd Abbott picked up the award in the combined category for the Please Like Me series, featuring Josh Thomas, on ABC2, but was up against the likes of Gruen Nation for the award.

AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said: “The innovation and depth of our Television screen industries has never been stronger: kicking off in February when over 5 million viewers tuned into local Australian drama – Seven’s INXS Never Tear Us Apart (2.8 million viewers), Nine’s Schapelle (1.9 million) and the premiere of ABC1’s third season of Rake (942,000), and Reality Television continuing its meteoric rise, this year’s AACTA Awards will be robustly contested.”

To be held in Sydney in January next year, entries into all the television categories must be received by August 8 to be eligible.

The categories include:

  • Best Television Drama Series
  • Best Telefeature or Mini Series
  • Best Children’s Television Series
  • Best Television Comedy Series
  • Best Light Entertainment Television Series
  • Best Reality Television Series
  • Best Direction in a Television Drama or Comedy
  • Best Direction in a Television Light Entertainment or Reality Series
  • Best Screenplay in Television
  • Best Cinematography in Television
  • Best Editing in Television
  • Best Sound in Television
  • Best Original Music Score in Television
  • Best Production Design in Television
  • Best Costume Design in Television
  • Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama
  • Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama
  • Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama
  • Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama
  • Best Performance in a Television Comedy

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