Star ac­co­lades good as gold

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - 59th Lo­gie Award Spe­cial,

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

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