AUSSIES IN A WORLD CLASS FIELD
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.