AUSSIES IN A WORLD CLASS FIELD

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Will it be Mel Gibson’s night once again? His crit­i­cally ac­claimed film Hack­saw Ridge is a con­tender in five of the seven cat­e­gories at the an­nual AACTA In­ter­na­tional Awards in Hollywood, broad­cast on Fox­tel Arts this week­end.

The war epic, filmed in Aus­tralia with a largely lo­cal cast, has been gen­er­at­ing plenty of Os­car buzz for its di­rec­tor Gibson (be­low).

Hack­saw Ridge won big at the re­cent AACTAs in Syd­ney and now tries its luck as the lo­cal awards ini­tia­tive heads to Tin­sel­town for the sixth time.

“This gives Aus­tralian film­mak­ers the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in the global con­ver­sa­tion and screen ex­cel­lence and al­lows us to hon­our the world’s best, re­gard­less of geog­ra­phy,” AACTA boss Damian Trewhella ex­plains.

While the in­ter­na­tional ver­sion of the awards is open to flicks from any­where in the world, Aussies dom­i­nate this year.

Joel Edger­ton is up for Best Lead Ac­tor for his stir­ring per­for­mance in Lov­ing, while Ni­cole Kid­man is a favourite in the Best Lead Ac­tress cat­e­gory for Lion. Teresa Palmer is also a strong con­tender in the Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress field for her role in Hack­saw Ridge. / SM

WATCH AACTA IN­TER­NA­TIONAL AWARDS, 7.30PM AND 9.30PM, SUN­DAY ON FOX­TEL ARTS.

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