The members have voted and the AACTA longlist has been culled to the final nominations in the film category.
Topping the nominations list is The Nightingale which missed out only on a chance at Best Original Score. Its 15 categories beat Hotel Mumbai and The King which scored 13 spots in the finals. Judy and Punch came in with nine. Top End Wedding has five while Ride Like a Girl and Danger Close both have four.
Of the seven in this list, only two are set in the present day. No film from the sub $2m list has a single nomination in any other category. While there are three heavily nominated features made by first time directors, the craft awards are dominated by very experienced people. A decent budget really does count and producers know where to put their money.
The Nightingale is doing very well despite the fact that it did not triumph at the box office, faced a small backlash about the sexual violence, travelled confronting historical terrain and was driven by its artistic rather than narrative intention. The sector refused to flinch.
Michele Bennett, Nash Edgerton, Danny Gabai
Vice Media LLC, Blue-Tongue Films, Pariah Productions
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Liz Watts, David Michôd, Joel Edgerton
Plan B Entertainment, Porchlight Films, A Yoki Inc, Blue-Tongue Films
Kristina Ceyton, Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky, Jennifer Kent
Causeway Films, Made Up Stories
Richard Keddie, Rachel Griffiths, Susie Montague
The Film Company, Magdalene Media
Rosemary Blight, Kylie du Fresne, Kate Croser
Who missed out?
Angel of Mine, Animals, Danger Close, Escape and Evasion, Hearts and Bones, I am Mother, The Naked Wanderer, Nektronic, Palm Beach, Undertow.
Independent low budget features – sub $2m.
Thomas M Wright, Virginia Kay, Jamie Houge, Liz Kearney
Arenamedia, Plot Media, Blackheath Films
Heath Davis, Joanne Weatherstone
Crash House Productions
Rodd Rathjen, Samantha Jennings, Kristina Ceyton, Rita Walsh
Imogen Thomas, Victor Evatt, Antonia Barnard, John Fink
Emu Runner Film Pty Ltd
Samuel Van Grinsven, Sophie Hattch, Linus Gibson
Who missed out?
Bilched, Celeste, Chocolate Oyster, The Combination – Redemption, Juvenile Delinquents, The Locusts, Outback, Pimped, Promised, Reflections in the Dust, Slam, Suburban Wildllife.
Mirrah Foulkes – Judy & Punch
Jennifer Kent – The Nightingale
Who Missed Out
We can argue this out because contenders could be scattered across the whole long list. But Top End Wedding and Ride Like a Girl were culled from the Best Film list.
Best Lead Actor
Best Lead Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Damon Herriman – The Nightingale
Andrew Luri – Hearts and Bones
Ben Mendelsohn – The King
Michael Sheasby – The Nightingale
Best Supporting Actress
Magnolia Maymuru – The Nightingale
Bolude Watson – Hearts and Bones
Ursula Yovich – Top End Wedding
Judy & Punch – Mirrah Foulkes
The King – David Michod, Joel Edgerton
The Nightingale – Jennifer Kent
Ben Nottt, Danger Close; Nick Remy Matthews, Hotel Mumbai; Adam Arkapaw: The King; Radek Ladczuk – The Nightingale
Peter McNulty, Anthony Maras – Hotel Mumbai; Dany Cooper – Judy and Punch; Peter Sciberras – The King; Simon Njoo – The Nightingale.
Liam Egan – Danger Close; Sam Petty, Pete Smith, Nakul Kamte, James Currie, Petar Ristic – Hotel Mumbai; Robert Mackenzie, Sam Petty, Gareth John, Leah Katz, Mario Vacarro, Tara Webb – The King; Robert Mackenzie, Dean Ryan, Leah Katz, Pete Smith – The Nightingale.
Best Original Score
Caitlin Yeo – Danger Close; Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka) – Hotel Mumbai; François Tétaz – Judy and Punch; David Hirschfelder – Ride Like a Girl.
Best Production Design
Steven Jones-Evans – Hotel Mumbai; Jo Ford – Judy and Punch; Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton – The King; Alex Holmes – The Nightingale.
Best Costume Design
Anna Borghesi – Hotel Mumbai; Edie Kurzer – Judy and Punch; Jane Petrie – The King; Margot Wilson – The Nightingale.