Thursday, December 4, 2008

AFI Award Predictions

I'm not going to be around for most (all?) of the coming weekend as I'm heading back home for a visit for the Mother's birthday and a few other exciting wild adventures (/sarcasm) so I thought I'd crank out these predictions now in case I don't have access to a computer and/or the Internet. I won't even be able to watch the awards when they air on Saturday night because I'll be out. They really know how to put on a show and get people interested though, don't they? Saturday night at 9.30PM? It'll be the hottest TV ticket of the year!

Let's just get to this already, shall we?

BEST FILM
The Black Balloon
The Jammed
The Square
Unfinished Sky

Predicted Winner: The Black Balloon
Alternate: Unfinished Sky
My Vote: The Black Balloon
Should've Been Nominated: Three Blind Mice

BEST DIRECTION
Elissa Down, The Black Balloon
Dee McLachlan, The Jammed
Nash Edgerton, The Square
Peter Duncan, Unfinished Sky

Predicted Winner: Elissa Down, The Black Balloon
Alternate: Nash Edgerton, The Square
My Vote: Dee McLachlan, The Jammed
Should've Been Nominated: Matthew Newton, Three Blind Mice

BEST LEAD ACTOR
Rhys Wakefield, The Black Balloon
Guy Pearce, Death Defying Acts
David Roberts, The Square
William McInnes, Unfinished Sky

Predicted Winner: William McInnes, Unfinished Sky
Alternate: David Roberts, The Square
My Vote: William McInnes, Unfinished Sky
Should've Been Nominated: Matthew Newton, Three Blind Mice / Richard Pyros, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Noni Hazlehurst, Bitter & Twisted
Emma Lung, The Jammed
Veronica Sywak, The Jammed
Monic Hendrickx, Unfinished Sky

Predicted Winner: Noni Hazlehurst, Bitter & Twisted
Alternate: Monix Hendrickx, Unfinished Sky
My Vote: Noni Hazlehurst, Bitter & Twisted
Should've Been Nominated: Gracie Otto, Three Blind Mice

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Luke Ford, The Black Balloon
Erik Thomson, The Black Balloon
Joel Edgerton, The Square
Anthony Hayes, The Square

Predicted Winner: Luke Ford, The Black Balloon
Alternate: Joel Edgerton, The Square
My Vote: Erik Thomson, The Black Balloon
Should've Been Nominated: Steve Le Marquand or Paul Tassone, Men's Group

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Leeanna Walsman, Bitter & Twisted
Toni Collette, The Black Balloon
Meave Dermody, Black Water
Saskia Burmeister, The Jammed

Predicted Winner: Saskia Burmeister, The Jammed
Alternate: Toni Collette, The Black Balloon
My Vote: Maeve Dermody, Black Water
Should've Been Nominated: Cindy Nelson, All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
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

Predicted Winner: The Black Balloon
Alternate: The Jammed
My Vote: The Black Balloon
Should've Been Nominated: Anything by Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger. How about Rats & Cats or Bitter & Twisted or Three Blind Mice - one of the finest original screenplays of the last few years. Duh.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Stephen Vagg, All My Friends are Leaving Brisbane
Peter Duncan, Unfinished Sky

Predicted Winner: Unfinished Sky
Alternate: LOL
My Vote: All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane
Should've Been Nominated: There were only two eligible!

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Denson Baker ACS, The Black Balloon
Haris Zambarloukos BSC, Death Defying Acts
Geoffrey Simpson ACS, The Tender Hook
Robert Humphreys ACS, Unfinished Sky

Predicted Winner: Unfinished Sky
Alternate: The Tender Hook
My Vote: The Black Balloon
Should've Been Nominated: September

BEST EDITING
Veronika Jenet ASE, The Black Balloon
Rodrigo Balart, Black Water
Dee McLachlan & Annne Carter, The Jammed
Suresh Ayyar ASE, Unfinished Sky

Predicted Winner: The Jammed
Alternate: Unfinished Sky
My Vote: Black Water
Should've Been Nominated: Not Quite Hollywood (I know it wasn't eligible, but documentaries should be!)

BEST SOUND
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

Predicted Winner: Unfinished Sky
Alternate: The Tender Hook
My Vote: Anything but The Tender Hook - the worst sound design of the year!
Should've Been Nominated: September

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Steven Jones-Evans, Children of the Silk Road
Gemma Jackson, Death Defying Acts
Peter Baxter, The Tender Hook
Laurie Faen, Unfinished Sky

Predicted Winner: Death Defying Acts
Alternate: Children of the Silk Road
My Vote: Children of the Silk Road
Should've Been Nominated: Gabriel

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
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

Predicted Winner: The Tender Hook
Alternate: Death Defying Acts
My Vote: Death Defying Acts
Should've Been Nominated: September

INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR
Eric Bana, The Other Boleyn Girl
Russell Crowe, American Gangster
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Jack Thompson, Leatherheads

Predicted Winner: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Alternate: No.
My Vote: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Should've Been Nominated: ...

INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Judy Davis, The Starter Wife
Rachel Griffiths, Brothers & Sisters
Nicole Kidman, The Golden Compass

Predicted Winner: Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Alternate: Nicole Kidman, The Golden Compass
My Vote: Nicole Kidman, The Golden Compass
Should've Been Nominated: How about Kidman for Margot at the Wedding or Blanchett for I'm Not There?

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

Predicted Winner: Danielle Catanzariti, because some people within the AFI apparently really liked Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger
Alternate: Clarence John Ryan, September
My Vote: Clarence John Ryan, September
Should've Been Nominated: ...

And there you have it. We'll see how I did next week.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lynden, I believe Three Blind Mice will be nominated in next year's awards. I don't it was eligible this year, as it has not been released in cinemas?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, this is not Lynde Barber's blog. They both look alike and have the same background colour! Regardless, my comment stands.

Kamikaze Camel said...

It won't because it was submitted for THIS YEAR'S awards.