The Black Balloon
The nominations for Balloon, Jammed and Unfinished Sky aren't surprising considering they're the only three Aussie films in the past year to gain a considerably box office following, but give a little clap for The Square. After brutally dying an instantaneous death at the box office and not even managing much of anything at the IF Awards, it bounces back here. Well done to the Edgerton boys for finally getting a bit of luck.
Elissa Down, The Black Balloon
Dee McLachlan, The Jammed
Nash Edgerton, The Square
Peter Duncan, Unfinished Sky
4/4 with Best Film.
Rhys Wakefield, The Black Balloon
Guy Pearce, Death Defying Acts
David Roberts, The Square
William McInnes, Unfinished Sky
This is surely McInnes' to lose, but I'd like to mention that Guy Pearce is terrible in Death Defying Acts. His awkward fluctuating accent being the worst of his misdeeds. Surely Matthew Newton (Three Blind Mice), Clarence John Ryan (September) or even Jason Gann (Rats and Cats) would have been better choices. No "surely" about it, actually, they flat out would have been better choices. Yikes.
Noni Hazlehurst, Bitter & Twisted
Emma Lung, The Jammed
Veronica Sywak, The Jammed
Monic Hendrickx, Unfinished Sky
I really expected the luminous Gemma Ward to get nominated for The Black Balloon. Especially instead of Emma Lung, of who I am a big fan but this year was very strong for the Aussie ladies. The other big miss was, of course, the stunning Gracie Otto, the best performance I saw in any of the AFI contenders
Luke Ford, The Black Balloon
Erik Thomson, The Black Balloon
Joel Edgerton, The Square
Anthony Hayes, The Square
If Anthony Hayes is the supporting actor in anything it appears the AFI will nominate him. Christ, give it a break! Where are the actors of Men's Group (particularly Steve Le Marquand)? I'm genuinely quite surprised none of them got nominated.
Leeanna Walsman, Bitter & Twisted
Toni Collette, The Black Balloon
Meave Dermody, Black Water
Saskia Burmeister, The Jammed
The only major complaint I have about his category (again, the women were very fine this year) is that Maeve Dermody is obviously the lead in the ace killer croc flick Black Water. Nevertheless, if it takes category fraud to get her noticed then so be it, I suppose. She truly was great.
Elissa Down & Jimmy The Exploder, The Black Balloon
Cathy Randall, Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger
Dee McLachlan, The Jammed
Joel Edgerton & Matthew Dabner, The Square
No, seriously! Esther Blueburger over:
Three Blind Mice
Bitter & Twisted
Rats and Cats
Hell, even Cactus!
The film should've been ruled eneligible due to that torturous Lue-Burger-B (or whatever the fuck it was) scene being included TWICE! Ugh. Rancid. If Cathy Randall is reading this (and considering the amount of times her name has come up here is a good bet it'll show up on google) I hope she's keenly aware that her screenplay was a big ol' load of tosh.
Stephen Vagg, All My Friends are Leaving Brisbane
Peter Duncan, Unfinished Sky
Aww. What a poor slightly pathetic category. It's like when Frida and The freakin' Time Machine were the only movies nominated for the Best Make-Up category at the Oscars in 2003.
Denson Baker ACS, The Black Balloon
Haris Zambarloukos BSC, Death Defying Acts
Geoffrey Simpson ACS, The Tender Hook
Robert Humphreys ACS, Unfinished Sky
Did they not watch September?
Veronika Jenet ASE, The Black Balloon
Rodrigo Balart, Black Water
Dee McLachlan & Annne Carter, The Jammed
Suresh Ayyar ASE, Unfinished Sky
I'm surprised the AFI professional voters actually gave Black Water one nomination, let alone two. This editing citation for Balart is very good news indeed.
Ben Osmo & Paul Pirola, The Black Balloon
Liam Egan, Tony Murtagh, Phil Judd MPSE & Des Kenneally, Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger
Liam Egan, Tony Murtagh, Phil Judd MPSE & Gary Wilkins, The Tender Hook
Andrew Plain, Annie Breslin & Will Ward, Unfinished Sky
I can only imagine that these Egan, Murtagh and Judd people have friends in the voting field considering their work was so completely unspectacular on one (that'd be Blueburger) and completely woeful on another (The Tender Hook, which couldn't even make a boxing match sound atmospheric).
Michael Yezerski, The Black Balloon
François Tétaz & Ben Lee, The Square
Chris Abrahams, The Tender Hook
Antony Partos, Unfinished Sky
If I'm remembering correctly, the music in The Tender Hook was by far one of the film's only good (and not merely half-arsed or outright terrible - boy, have my opinions on that film swung incredibly toward the negative) aspects so I won't quibble, but Roger Mason's work on September was stunning so WHERE IS IT?!
Steven Jones-Evans, Children of the Silk Road
Gemma Jackson, Death Defying Acts
Peter Baxter, The Tender Hook
Laurie Faen, Unfinished Sky
I guess all you need to earn a nomination here is to be set in the past because that is surely the only reason The Tender Hook got a nomination here for it's wildly inventive (that was sarcasm) use of empty factories and the wonderfully original (read: not at all) way they just didn't use lighting because, well, there was nothing to light up. I actually though Jones-Evans' work was that film's finest achievement.
Wenyan Gao & Kym Barrett, Children of the Silk Road
Susannah Buxton, Death Defying Acts
Shareen Beringer, Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger
Cappi Ireland, The Tender Hook
I was surprised they didn't give Gabriel (a movie defined by the words "complete and utter shite") a token nod here for it's sci-fi-horror-fantasy garb over the school uniforms and mutton-dressed-as-lamb outfits of Esther Blueburger.
Eric Bana, The Other Boleyn Girl
Russell Crowe, American Gangster
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Jack Thompson, Leatherheads
If Heath Ledger loses this I will EAT A HAT! This category (and it's female equivalent, below) is a strange one, no? Surely there were more impressive turns than Eric Bana and Jack Thompson?
Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Judy Davis, The Starter Wife
Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters
Nicole Kidman, The Golden Compass
I love that they nominated Kidman for The Golden Compass, although I thought she was astounding in Margot at the Wedding. I'd also like to know why they nominated Blanchett for her tired Elizabeth sequel and not for I'm Not There.
Danielle Catanzariti, Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger
Tom Green, The Ground Beneath
Saoirse Ronan, Death Defying Acts
Clarence John Ryan, September
The only nomination for September comes here. How sad. And, really, once you've gotten an Academy Award nominations (such as Ronan) I think you should, perhaps, not be eligible for what are essentially "breakthrough" awards, no?
Death Defying Acts
Double the Fist (TV)
H20: Just Add Water (TV)
And here are a selection of the TV awards:
Well, this is going to Underbelly, right? Even if all Victorian voters haven't seen it... right? :P
Summer Heights High
Normally I'd say anything by Working Dog is the winner by default (Hollowmen) but, well, it's up against Summer Heights High and how can they ignore the genius that is Chris Lilley again? It deserves to win for, if nothing else, the moment when Lilley's Mr G character states in a classroom roleplaying game "Thank god you're here, Grandma's been raped!"
Rob Carlton, Chandon Pictures
Rob Sitch, Hollowmen
Robyn Butler, The Librarians
Chris Lilley, Summer Heights High
Again, I'd normally be trumpeting the work of Robyn Butler here, but Chris Lilley folks. That was a performance for the ages.
The rest of the TV nominations can be found at the official AFI website.
My internet is playing up so I can't upload pictures at the moment