EIGHT IS ENOUGH!
When did the race for the Gold Logie get so crowded, wonders Guy Davis.
Before we begin looking at some of this year’s Logie nominees – a deserving bunch of people, I’d like to add – let me ask this question: when did everyone in the Australian entertainment industry join the race for the Gold Logie?
I’m sort of serious about this. I mean, wasn’t it traditionally the case that five personalities or performers would be in the running to take home the prize for “Most Popular Personality on Australian TV”? You know, like the same number of nominees for every other Logies category?
Don’t get me wrong, variety truly is the spice of life. ( That said, have you tried sumac? It’s really nice with chicken or fish.) And having an array of options when it comes to choosing a celebrity to reward certainly can’t hurt. It just strikes me as a little unusual that eight people will be vying for the gold at this year’s Logies on May 3.
And just who are these people? Well, regulars like Rove McManus, Andrew Denton and Kate Ritchie have made an appearance in the 2009 line-up alongside a few “new” faces.
For instance, Neighbours veteran Ian Smith has been rewarded with a nod now that his character Harold Bishop has bid farewell to Ramsay Street forever (well, allegedly forever – you never can tell). As past winner Ms Ritchie will tell you, a long-term character saying a tearful goodbye can certainly earn you a bit of good will from the voters.
The same could therefore go for Simmone Jade Mackinnon, now that her show McLeod’s Daughters has ridden off into the sunset. And the case could be put forward that Denton’s nomination is paying tribute to his much-admired Enough Rope series, which has also come to a close.
Among the other nominees, the nice-young-man factor shared by McManus and Spicks and Specks host Adam Hills could cancel out each other’s chances of victory.
Natalie Bassingthwaighte is proving so popular with the kids, thanks to her hosting role on So You Think You Can Dance Australia and her recently released pop album, that she could easily score a win.
But the smart money at this stage seems to be on Rebecca Gibney from Packed to the Rafters. First of all, it’s Rebecca Gibney, and who doesn’t like Rebecca Gibney? (Short answer: no one.) Secondly, she’s probably the most liked character on one of the most popular shows on Australian TV at the moment. And thirdly, her character Julie Rafter is going to have a baby!
Quite frankly, they ought to just mail her the little gold statue right now and save everyone the suspense.
In other Logies news, Seven’s Packed to the Rafters picked up an impressive 11 nominations in total, collecting nods in the popular awards and the peer-nominated “Outstanding” awards. Nine’s crime saga Underbelly is hot on its heels with nine nominations, with the performances of three of its male stars, not to mention the scene-stealing Kat Stewart, up for Silver Logies.
And in a bittersweet announcement, late All Saints star Mark Priestley, who took his own life last year, is up for a Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor.
And the nominees are: clockwise from top left, Rebecca Gibney, Rove McManus, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Ian Smith, Kate Ritchie, Andrew Denton, Adam Hills (centre) and Simmone Jade Mackinnon.