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ANIMAL KINGDOM Wins 10 Australian Film Institute Awards

Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

David Michod's crime family drama Animal Kingdom bagged 10 Australian Film Institute Awards at a ceremony held on Dec. 11 in Melbourne.

Among Animal Kingdom's ten trophies were those for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Jacki Weaver), Best Actor (Ben Mendelsohn), Best Supporting Actor (Joel Edgerton), and Best Original Screenplay (Michod).

Other AFI winners included Best Supporting Actress Deborah Mailman for Bran Nue Dae (Mailman also won the supporting/guest television actress award for Offspring) and Best Adapted Screenplay for Tomorrow When the War Began (Stuart Beattie). The AFI International Awards for successful Australians abroad went to Avatar's Sam Worthington and Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska.

At an "industry" ceremony held on Dec. 10, Jane Campion's Bright Star won three AFI Awards: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design.

Animal Kingdom's Jacki Weaver has recently won the National Board of Review's Best Supporting Actress Award. She has also been shortlisted by the Washington Film Critics and is one of this year's Detroit Film Critics nominees. Weaver, whose previous AFI win took place 34 years ago (and who at this year's ceremony thanked everyone she's ever married), is a likely contender for the 2011 Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

Chief source for this post: The Australian's Michael Bodey's Twitter page

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