6th AACTA International Awards – List of Nominees

Australian Academy announces Nominees for 6th AACTA International Awards

Australian’s Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton and Garth Davis among Nominees

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), today announced the twelve films nominated for the 6th AACTA International Awards across seven categories – Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

MANCHESTER BY THE SEA leads the way with six nominations, followed closely by LA LA LAND and Australian films LION and HACKSAW RIDGE (fresh from receiving nine Awards at the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel in Sydney last week), with five nominations each. LION and HACKSAW RIDGE will compete alongside ARRIVAL, LA LA LAND and MANCHESTER BY THE SEA for both Best Film and Best Direction.

Mel Gibson’s Best Direction nomination follows his win at the Sydney hosted AACTA Awards last week and marks his return to the international Awards circuit, 20 years after winning an Oscar® and Golden Globe for BRAVEHEART.

Following their nominations for Golden Globe Awards yesterday, Australian actors Joel Edgerton (LOVING) and Nicole Kidman (LION), received International AACTA Award nominations for Best Lead Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively. Fellow Australian’s also receiving nominations are: Teresa Palmer (HACKSAW RIDGE), who is nominated alongside Nicole Kidman for Best Supporting Actress; Luke Davies (LION) who is nominated for Best Screenplay; Andrew Knight (HACKSAW RIDGE) also nominated for Best Screenplay; and Garth Davis (LION) who is nominated alongside Mel Gibson for Best Direction.
NOMINEES

AACTA International Award for Best Film
ARRIVAL
HACKSAW RIDGE
LA LA LAND
LION
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

AACTA International Award for Best Direction
ARRIVAL – Denis Villeneuve
HACKSAW RIDGE – Mel Gibson
LA LA LAND – Damien Chazelle
LION – Garth Davis
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – Kenneth Lonergan

AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay
HACKSAW RIDGE – Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan
HELL OR HIGH WATER – Taylor Sheridan
LA LA LAND – Damien Chazelle
LION – Luke Davies
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA – Kenneth Lonergan

AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actress
Amy Adams – ARRIVAL
Isabel Huppert – ELLE
Ruth Negga – LOVING
Natalie Portman – JACKIE
Emma Stone – LA LA LAND

AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actor
Casey Affleck – MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Joel Edgerton – LOVING
Andrew Garfield – HACKSAW RIDGE
Ryan Gosling – LA LA LAND
Denzel Washington – FENCES

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis – FENCES
Naomie Harris – MOONLIGHT
Nicole Kidman – LION
Teresa Palmer – HACKSAW RIDGE
Michelle Williams – MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali – MOONLIGHT
Jeff Bridges – HELL OR HIGH WATER
Lucas Hedges – MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Dev Patel – LION
Michael Shannon – NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

6TH AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS Winners of the 6th AACTA International Awards will be announced in Los Angeles on Friday 6 January2017 at an exclusive ceremony telecast on Foxtel. Held at The Avalon Hollywood the event will be hosted by Australian actor and presenter DanielMacPherson. Best known for his roles in THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES, THE BILL, CITY HOMOCIDE, and INFINI, in 2017 Daniel will be seen in Foxtel’s new US hi-tech crime series APB.The AACTA International Awards will be telecast in Australia exclusively on Foxtel Arts, Foxtel’s high definition dedicated arts channel, on Sunday 8 January at 7.30pm followed by an encore on Arena at 9.30pm and encores the following day on Foxtel Arts.

Of the announcement, AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said: “Australian performers, practitioners and productions are consistently acknowledged among the world’s best screen talent by international screen organisations. The AACTA International Awards give Australian filmmakers the opportunity to participate in the global conversation of screen excellence and allows us to honour the world’s best, regardless of geography. “This year’s Nominees include actors, directors and screenwriters who truly represent international excellence, and it’s brilliant to see Nicole Kidman, Joel Edgerton, Garth Davis, Mel Gibson and homegrown productions LION and HACKSAW RIDGE nominated alongside international talent for the Awards. “On behalf of AFI | AACTA, I congratulate all our Nominees and wish them every success during the upcoming Awards season.”

Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said:“Foxtel’s exclusive broadcast of the AACTA International Awards on our Foxtel Arts channel outlines our ongoing commitment to supporting the Australian film and television industry on a global scale. Our sponsorship further extends our support of the domestic AACTA Awards and the governing body of the Academy.”