A look back at the Logies
AS we look back on Australian television’s night of nights, this year’s Logie Awards presentation had a distinct Aussie flavour.
The award show, now in its 59th year, has definitely come a long way.
In 2002, this newspaper covered the event, which was hosted by a female for the first time: author and radio announcer Wendy Harmer.
At the time, journalist David Prestipino spoke of the ceremony having an international flavour, with singer Shakira taking to the stage, special guest Bold and the Beautiful’s Ronn Moss and Malcolm in the Middle’s Frankie Muniz presenting the Logie for Most Outstanding Comedy.
This year, it was Australian comedian Dave Hughes who showed nobody was off limits, taking a swipe at Grant Hackett’s recent problems.
And while performances from international stars James Blunt and Andy Grammer were a highlight, the spotlight was firmly on Casey Donovan, who made her first television stage appearance since leaving the I’m A Celebrity... jungle, and Logie Award nominee Jessica Mauboy.
West Aussies were also well represented, with Jessica Marais winning best actress for The Wrong Girl and Love Child, and appearances from Carrie Bickmore, Natalie Barr and Mandy Mcelhinney.
In 2002, it was Georgie Parker who won the coveted Gold Logie for her role in All Saints, this year Samuel Johnson took the gong for his portrayal of Molly Meldrum in the miniseries Molly.
Our coverage of the Logies in 2002.
James Blunt at this year’s Logie Awards.
Logie winner Jessica Marais.