Star accolades good as gold
The remarkable thing about the Logie Awards is their glorious unremarkability, returning each year like your favourite drunken cousin, only with more fashion missteps.
The Logies wouldn’t be the Logies without some off-field drama, and this year it’s all about the gender imbalance reflected in the Gold Logie nominations, with Jessica Marais the only woman in the running.
Australia has a sporadic need for international relevance, and the Logies can now count themselves alongside the Oscars, not only for questionable diversity but also in terms of aggressive media campaigns that influence the final list of nominees.
As a point of reference see Ten’s push for The Project’s Peter Helliar, which arguably cost his cohost Carrie Bickmore a nod. Marais is joined by the ABC’s Rodger Corser, the omnipresent Grant Denyer, Samuel Johnson, and last year’s winner Waleed Aly. In another nod to the Logies’ march towards Hollywood, none other than our very own Thor, Chris Hemsworth, has been tapped on the shoulder to present the coveted Gold Logie.
The Logies feature both a jury and public vote, known respectively as “outstanding” and “best”. Like last year, the two lists are virtually mutually exclusive; Wentworth is the one crossover drama, so someone at Foxtel is doing something right.
Jessica Mauboy, as well as being nominated for her turn in The Secret Daughter, will join James Blunt, Casey Donovan and Andy Grammer on stage. To paraphrase Emma Nolan of Bauer Media, people love to bag the Logies but the show has gone on for 59 years and delivers Nine a massive audience, so an awful lot of us must secretly watch. carpet arrivals), Nine Sunday, 7pm (red-
Jessica Marais is the only woman in the running for the Gold Logie this year