Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge was the big winner at last night’s AACTA Awards, winning nine in total.
As well as Best Film and Best Director for Gibson, Andrew Garfield won Best Actor, Hugo Weaving Best Supporting Actor, and Andrew Knight and Robert Schenkkan Best Original Screenplay. Hacksaw Ridge also won four awards earlier in the week for Sound, Cinematography, Production Design and Editing.
The awards’ other stand-out movie was the drama The Daughter, with Odessa Young (pictured below) becoming the youngest ever recipient of Best Actress and Miranda Otto being named Best Supporting Actress.
The honours were more evenly shared on the television front, with Wentworth winning top drama, The Kettering Incident best mini-series or TV movie and Upper Middle Bogan best comedy. The top acting prizes, meanwhile, went to Samuel Johnson for Molly and Elizabeth Debicki for The Kettering Incident.
In the overall achievement categories, Paul Hogan won the Longford Lyell Award, and Isla Fisher the AACTA Trailblazer Award.
Main Film Awards
Best Film – Hacksaw Ridge; Best Director – Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge; Best Actress – Odessa Young, The Daughter; Best Actor – Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge; Best Supporting Actress – Miranda Otto, The Daughter; Best Supporting Actor – Hugo Weaving, Hacksaw Ridge; Best Original Screenplay – Andrew Knight And Robert Schenkkan, Hacksaw Ridge; Best Adapted Screenplay – Simon Stone, The Daughter; Best Documentary – Chasing Asylum, Eva Orner
Main TV Awards
Best Drama Series – Wentworth; Best Mini-series – The Kettering Incident; Best Comedy Series – Upper Middle Bogan; Best Light Entertainment – Gruen; Best Lead Actor In A Drama – Samuel Johnson, Molly; Best Lead Actress In A Drama – Elizabeth Debicki, The Kettering Incident; Best Comedy Performance – Patrick Brammall, No Activity; Best Supporting Actress in a Drama – Celia Pacquola, The Beautiful Lie; Best Supporting Actor in a Drama – Damon Herriman, Secret City; Best Children’s Series – Beat Bugs; Best Documentary – Hitting Home