LOGIESFORM GUIDE The Guide’s Darren Devlyn and Colin Vickery assess the nominees
Nominees: Rebecca Gibney, Packed to the Rafters; ex-Home And Away regular Kate Ritchie; McLeod’s Daughters’ Simmone Jade Mackinnon; Neighbours stalwart Ian Smith; So You Think You Can Dance host Natalie Bassingthwaighte; Enough Rope’s Andrew Denton; Spicks And Specks’ Adam Hills and Rove host Rove McManus. Devlyn: Rebecca Gibney, who has brought poise, depth and sensitivity to the role of Julie Rafter. Vickery: It’s hard to go past Rebecca Gibney. She’s one of our most-loved actors and would be a deserving winner. Devlyn: Underbelly’s Gyton Grantley. Punters loved his portrayal of drug-dealing bogan Carl Williams. Vickery: A battle between Grantley and Rafters’ Erik Thomson. I’ll punt on Thomson. His Dave Rafter appeals to young and old. Devlyn: If Gibney wins gold, she should also collect silver. Vickery: Kate Ritchie is a wild card in this category. Hasn’t been on screens that much, but the public loves her. Devlyn: Rafters’ Jessica Marais is a deserving winner. Has a maturity and emotional complexity beyond her years. Vickery: Marais is the best new talent here, but is she the most popular? Ricki-Lee Coulter to win. Devlyn: Tough to choose between Rafters boys Hugh Sheridan and George Houvardas. Sheridan— just. Vickery: Dean Geyer is no great shakes as an actor but combine his Neighbours fanbase with his pop-star status and he may get over the line. Devlyn: Rove McManus, even though his show is at times hampered by lame segments. Vickery: McManus always polls well, but he’ll have strong competition from Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Rove in a close one. Devlyn: Underbelly, which ranks just behind Blue Murder as the best drama Australia has produced. Vickery: Underbelly v Packed to the Rafters. Based on ratings you’d go with Underbelly, but I’m tipping a Rafters upset.
MOST POPULAR ACTOR (SILVER) MOST POPULAR ACTRESS (SILVER) MOST POPULAR NEW TALENT (FEMALE) MOST POPULAR NEW TALENT (MALE) MOST POPULAR PRESENTER (SILVER) MOST POPULAR AUSTRALIAN DRAMA MOST POPULAR REALITY PROGRAM
Devlyn: It doesn’t attract much media hype, but I’m going with the teletubbies from The Biggest Loser. Vickery: Dancing with the Stars took this out last year. Another dance show will win this year— So You Think You Can Dance Australia.
MOST POPULAR LIGHT-ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM
Devlyn: Sunrise being nominated is surely someone’s attempt at humour. If it wins, call in the stewards. It’s Australia’s Got Talent for mine. Vickery: Australia’s Got Talent from Spicks and Specks — just. If Sunrise wins I’m demanding a recount.
MOST OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TELEMOVIE
Devlyn: Underbelly because it deserves the accolade and has huge industry support. Vickery: Underbelly cleaned up at the AFI Awards. Expect a win here as well.
MOST OUTSTANDING ACTRESS (SILVER)
Devlyn: Kat Stewart for her portrayal of the foul-mouthed Roberta Williams in Underbelly. Vickery: Rebecca Gibney gets gold; Stewart gets the outstanding actress, and everyone goes home happy.
MOST OUTSTANDING ACTOR (SILVER)
Devlyn: Damian Walshe-Howling will get the nod for the molten intensity he brought to the role of Andrew Veniamin in Underbelly. Vickery: Expect another mirror of the AFIs. Gyton Grantley to take out this category for terrific work in Underbelly.
GRAHAM KENNEDY AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING NEW TALENT
Devlyn: Lauren Clair for playing murdered mum in Underbelly. Vickery: Jessica Marais for her awesome work as Rachel Rafter in Packed To the Rafters.
MOST OUTSTANDING COMEDY PROGRAM
Devlyn: Working Dog can do no wrong. The Hollowmen by a street. Vickery: It’d be great to see Wayne Hope win for Very Small Business. Nice guys finish first.