At the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) awards, “Talk To Me” won eight awards, including Best Film. Margot Robbie received the Aacta Trailblazer Award. “The Newsreader” and “Deadloch” dominated the television categories. Kate Box used her acceptance speech to advocate for the Palestinian people. Cal Wilson posthumously won Best Comedy Performance.
Horror film Talk To Me Wins Big at 2024 Aacta Awards
The surprise hit movie “Talk To Me” was the big winner at the annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) awards, snagging eight awards including Best Film, Best Director for Danny and Michael Philippou, and Best Lead Actress for Sophie Wilde. The film, a supernatural horror flick from A24, raked in over A$138 million globally in 2023. It also scored awards for Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Sound, and Best Original Score at the ceremony held on the Gold Coast.
Hosted by Rebel Wilson, the night saw appearances from industry heavyweights like Ron Howard, Simon Baker, and Cate Blanchett, who produced another standout film, “The New Boy”. While “The New Boy” took home awards for Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Leading Actor for newcomer Aswan Reid, Sophie Wilde clinched the Best Lead Actress award.
Margot Robbie was honored with the Aacta Trailblazer Award for her work both in front of and behind the camera, including her production company LuckyChap. Her film “Barbie” was a massive success in 2023, earning over A$2 billion worldwide and securing the Golden Globe for Cinematic and Box Office Achievement. Despite controversy surrounding Robbie’s lack of Oscar nomination, she won the Australian equivalent award in the international category for “Barbie”.
In television, “The Newsreader” and “Deadloch” stood out. “The Newsreader” won five awards, including Best Television Drama Series, Best Direction, Best Lead Actress, and Best Supporting Actor. “Deadloch” also grabbed five awards, including Best Comedy Series and Best Acting in a Comedy for Kate Box.
During her acceptance speech, Kate Box used the platform to advocate for the Palestinian people in the Gaza conflict, urging action for a ceasefire.
There were emotional moments when Cal Wilson posthumously won Best Comedy Performance for “The Great Australian Bake Off”, with her husband and son accepting the award on her behalf.
Other notable winners included the long-running animated series “Bluey” for Best Children’s Program and Poppy Stockwell’s “John Farnham: Finding the Voice” for Best Documentary. Rachel Perkins’ series “The Australian Wars” took home three awards in the nonfiction television category.
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