The Australian Film Institute awards (our own Oscars?) will be presented this coming Friday & Saturday night at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. Friday night is the “Industry” awards in which feature film technicians, non feature films, and some TV award winners are announced. The following night is the main ceremony. Both nights will be hosted by Shane (Kenny) Jacobsen, Channel 9 is televising the main ceremony on Saturday night at 9.30pm.
Leading the pack in feature film nominations is “Animal Kingdom” with a record breaking 18 – with at least one nomination in each category it is eligible for. I expect it to scoop the pool (unlike the tragic IF awards) Jacki Weaver * MUST & WILL win in her category of Best Actress for her stunning performance in the film. I can’t wait to see the lovely producer of AK, Liz Watts finally up at the podium 🙂 I won’t go thru my list of predictions as I don’t really care – apart from the AK sweep.
The other films in contention for Best film are:
TOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN
BENEATH HILL 60
BRAN NUE DAE
I will be attending the craft awards as the date of a lovely lady but will not attend the main ceremony, although I am going to the party after to celebrate with my AK mates. So expect an AFI post some time on the weekend – late Sunday night I fear! All the glamour and glitz will be reported first hand and Babs will blab (within reason). I will air my gripes on the winners and losers, most probably with a sore head and a blurry memory. Time to party……
*Note: As Babs has been predicting since day one, Jacki Weaver has received the best supporting actress award from the National Board Of Review, the first of the US critics awards to be handed out, expect more to come for Jacki – that’s for sure.