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Australian Film Institute Awards 2008

2008 Australian Film Institute Awards

2008 Australian Film Institute Award nominations: Oct. 29, 2008

2008 Australian Film Institute Award winners: Dec. 5 (“industry” categories) and Dec. 6 (top categories), 2008

(“*” denotes the winner in each category)

 

Gemma Ward, Rhys Wakefield in The Black Balloon
Elissa Down's feature-film debut, The Black Balloon, chronicles the difficulties encountered by a teenager (Rhys Wakefield) whose younger brother (Luke Ford) is autistic. With the help of his girlfriend (Gemma Ward), the teen struggles to come to terms with the issue.

 

FEATURE FILM NOMINEES

L'Oréal 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

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

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 Original Music Score
The Black Balloon. Michael Yezerski
The Square. François Tétaz & 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 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 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'Oréal 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

AFI International Award for Excellence in Filmmaking
Peter James ACS, ASC

Byron Kennedy Award
Chris Lilley

AFI Raymond Longford Award
Dione Gilmour

Australia's Favourite Film
The Castle

News Limited Readers' Choice Award
Hugh Jackman

 

TELEVISION NOMINEES

AFI Award for Best Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series
Bed of Roses. Stephen Luby & Mark Ruse. ABC
* East West 101. Steve Knapman & Kris Wyld. SBS
Rain Shadow. Gus Howard. ABC
Valentines Day. Tony Wright. ABC

AFI Award for Best Children's Television Drama
Animalia. Ewan Burnett & Murray Pope. Network Ten
* Blue Water High (Series 3). Noel Price & Dennis Kiely. ABC
Double Trouble. Rachel Clements & Terry Jennings. Nine Network
H2O - Just Add Water (Series 2). Jonathan M. Shiff & Joanna Werner. Network Ten

AFI Award for Best Television Comedy Series
Chandon Pictures. Rob Carlton. Movie Network
The Hollowmen. Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner & Rob Sitch. ABC
The Librarians. Wayne Hope & Robyn Butler. ABC
* Summer Heights High. Chris Lilley & Laura Waters. ABC

AFI Award for Best Television Drama Series
City Homicide (Series 2). MaryAnne Carroll. Seven Network
Rush. John Edwards & Mimi Butler. Network Ten
Satisfaction. Andrew Walker & Roger Simpson. Showcase
* Underbelly. Greg Haddrick & Brenda Pam. Nine Network

AFI Award for Best Light Entertainment Television Series
* ENOUGH ROPE with Andrew Denton. Andrew Denton & Anita Jacoby. ABC
The Gruen Transfer. Andrew Denton, Anita Jacoby, Jo Wathen & Jon Casimir. ABC
RocKwiz. Ken Connor, Joe Connor, Peter Bain-Hogg & Brian Nankervis. SBS
Spicks and Specks (Series 4). Anthony Watt. ABC

AFI Award for Best Direction in Television
East West 101 (Episode 2, Death at the Station) Peter Andrikidis. SBS
Satisfaction (Episode 5, Truth) Daina Reid. Showcase
Summer Heights High (Episode 8) Stuart McDonald. ABC
* Underbelly (Episode 7, Wise Monkeys) Peter Andrikidis. Nine Network

AFI Award for Best Screenplay in Television
Dogstar (Episode 26) Philip Dalkin. Nine Network
East West 101 (Episode 2, Death at the Station) Kris Wyld. SBS
* The Hollowmen (Episode 1, Fat Chance) Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner & Rob Sitch. ABC
Underbelly (Episode 2, The Sorcerer's Apprentice) Peter Gawler. Nine Network

AFI Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama
Don Hany. East West 101. SBS
William McInnes. East West 101. SBS
Callan Mulvey. Rush. Network Ten
* Gyton Grantley. Underbelly. Nine Network

AFI Award for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama
Phoebe Tonkin. H2O - Just Add Water (Series 2). Network Ten
Diana Glenn. Satisfaction. Showcase
Alison Whyte. Satisfaction. Showcase
* Kat Stewart. Underbelly. Nine Network

AFI Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama
Gary Files. Dogstar (Episode 26) Nine Network
Taffy Hany. East West 101 (Episode 1, The Enemy Within) SBS
Vince Colosimo. Underbelly (Episode 2, The Sorcerer's Apprentice) Nine Network
* Damian Walshe-Howling. Underbelly (Episode 7, Wise Monkeys) Nine Network

AFI Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama
Hanna Mangan-Lawrence. Bed of Roses (Episode 1, Not Worth a Cent) ABC
Amanda Muggleton. City Homicide (Series 1: Episode 3, Lie Down With Dogs) Seven Network
Brittany Byrnes. H2O - Just Add Water (Series 2: Episode 25, Sea Change) Network Ten
* Madeleine West. Underbelly (Episode 7, Wise Monkeys) Nine Network

AFI Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy
Rob Carlton. Chandon Pictures. Movie Network
Rob Sitch. The Hollowmen. ABC
Robyn Butler. The Librarians. ABC
* Chris Lilley. Summer Heights High. ABC

AFI Award for Outstanding Achievement in Television Screen Craft
Steve Evans. Editing - Underbelly. Nine Network

 

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 & Randall Wood

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 & David White
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 Rabbit 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

AFI Award for Outstanding Achievement in Short Film Screen Craft
Xanthe Highfield. Production Design - fOUR

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