AACTA Winners & Nominees

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10 films gained nominations at the 1992 AFI Awards. For the first time, all of the 13 feature film awards were taken by one of the four finalists for Best Film and Best Direction, leaving six films without reward. In one sense, this was not surprising because the four films accounted for 43 of the available 52 nominations. Strictly Ballroom received 13 nominations, followed by The Last Days Of Chez Nour (11), Black Robe (10) and Romper Stomper (9).

Black Robe was awarded Best Cinematography, giving Peter James his third win from three nominations.

Lisa Harrow won the award for Best Lead Actress for her strong performance in The Last Days Of Chez Nous.

Best Lead Actor went to Russell Crowe in Romper Stomber. In what was only his fifth film, this was his second award from three nominations. Romper Stomper also won awards for Best Sound and for Best Original Music.

The major winner of the evening was Strictly Ballroom, and the eight awards that it won were a harbinger of international success to follow. The Best Supporting Actress award went to Pat Thomson, who had died before the premiere of the film. She had previously won an AFI Award as Best Actress in a Telefeature for Malpractice. Barry Otto, who won Best Supporting Actor, had previously been nominated as Best Lead Actor for his performances in Bliss and The More Things Change.

Angus Strathie won the award for Best Costume Design and Catherine Martin for Best Production Design. Both were making their screen debut.

Strictly Ballroom won in the Best Editing category, giving Jill Bilcock her first award. She had been previously nominated for Strikebound and Evil Angels.

The triumph of the film was sealed when it won the three major awards. Best Screenplay went to Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce, who were both making their debuts in this area. Luhrmann also won Best Direction. Completing this amazing quintet of newcomer award winners was producer Tristram Miall, who, making his debut here as a feature film producer, won the award for Best Film.

Black Harvest was named Best Documentary. It was the third documentary from the team of Bob Connolly and Robin Anderson. They had won the same award previously for First Contact and for Joe Leahy's Neighbours.

A sweep also occurred in the television section, with most of the major prizes going to Brides of Christ. Lisa Hensley was named Best Actress in a Television Drama. The Best Screenplay in a Television Drama award went to John Alsop and Sue Smith, Ken Cameron took home Best Direction in a Television Drama and Sue Masters won for Best Mini-Series or Telefeature.

For the second time in a row, Gary Sweet was named Best Actor in a Television Drama for Police Rescue. Best Children's Television Drama went to Lift OffPhoenix won in the Best Episode in a Television Drama category. Cop It Sweet was named Best Television Documentary.

The Byron Kennedy Award was given to Robin Anderson and Bob Connolly for “their single-minded pursuit of excellence”.

Pioneering director Lee Robinson won the Raymond Longford Award. Robinson’s career stretched back to 1953, when he made The Phantom Stockman with his business partner Chips Rafferty. His work continued through to the 60’s and 70’s with series like Skippy and Boney.

1992 Winners & Nominees

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FEATURE FILM

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NON-FEATURE FILM

  • Kodak Award for Best Documentary
  • Winner:

    Black Harvest Robin Anderson, Bob Connolly (Director)

    Nominees:

    God's Girls: Stories From An Australian Convent Cherie Nowlan (Director)
    Mr Neal Is Entitled To Be An Agitator Daryl Dellora (Director)
    The Serpent And The Cross Chris Hilton (Director)

  • Kodak Award for Best Short Animation
  • Winner:

    Shelf Life Andrew Horne (Director)

    Nominees:

    Secrets Of The City Cathy Linsley (Director)
    The Amphibian Sina Azad, Anthony Lucas (Director)
    The Descent Andrew Schult (Director)

  • Kodak Award for Best Short Fiction Film
  • Winner:

    Road To Alice Stavros Efthymiou (Director)

    Nominees:

    My Tiger's Eyes Teck Tan (Director)
    See You Next Weekend John Irwin (Director)
    The Art Of Drowning Jaems Grant (Director)

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ADDITIONAL AWARDS

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TELEVISION

  • Best Children’s Television Drama
  • Winner:

    Lift Off, Season 1 - Episode 15/16, 'Something Tells Me' (ABC) Patricia Edgar

    Nominees:

    Johnson & Friends, Season 3 - Episode 6, 'Buried Treasure' (ABC) Ron Saunders
    The Miraculous Mellops Posie Graeme-Evans
    Lift Off, Season 1 - Episode 1/2, 'A Load Of Old Rubbish' (ABC) Patricia Edgar

  • Best Episode in a Television Drama Series or Serial
  • Winner:

    Phoenix, Season 1 - Episode 13, 'Hard Ball' (ABC) Bill Hughes

    Nominees:

    Police Rescue, Season 2 - Episode 2, 'Off The Track' (ABC) Sandra Levy, John Edwards
    Embassy, Season 3 - Episode 10, 'Crisis Of Confidence' (ABC) Mark Callan
    Phoenix, Season 1 - Episode 8, 'Fond Memories' (ABC) Bill Hughes

  • ATLAB Australia Award for Best Television Mini Series or Telefeature
  • Winner:

    Brides Of Christ (ABC) Sue Masters

    Nominees:

    Clowning Around (ABC) Paul D. Barron, Antonia Barnard
    Six Pack - 'Piccolo Mondo' (SBS) Bob Weis
    The Girl From Tomorrow: Tomorrow's End (Nine Network) Noel Price

  • Cameraquip Award for Best Achievement in Direction in a Television Drama
  • Winner:

    Brides Of Christ (ABC) Ken Cameron

    Nominees:

    Police Rescue, Season 2 - Episode 2, 'Off The Track' (ABC) Geoffrey Nottage
    Phoenix, Season 1 - Episode 8, 'Fond Memories' (ABC) Kate Woods
    Phoenix, Season 1 - Episode 13, 'Hard Ball' (ABC) Michael Carson

  • Best Screenplay in a Television Drama
  • Winner:

    Brides Of Christ (ABC) John Alsop, Sue Smith

    Nominees:

    Phoenix, Season 1 - Episode 8, 'Fond Memories' (ABC) Cliff Green
    Phoenix, Season 1 - Episode 13, 'Hard Ball' (ABC) Alison Nisselle
    Six Pack - 'Piccolo Mondo' (SBS) Andrew Bovell

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama
  • Winner:

    Police Rescue, Season 2 - Episode 2, 'Off The Track' (ABC) Gary Sweet

    Nominees:

    Embassy, Season 3 - Episode 12, 'Hostage' (ABC) Alan Fletcher
    Phoenix, Season 1 - Episode 10, 'Blessed Are The Peacemakers' (ABC) Sean Scully
    Police Rescue, Season 2 - Episode 5, 'Judgement Day' (ABC) Marshall Napier

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama
  • Winner:

    Brides Of Christ (ABC) Lisa Hensley

    Nominees:

    Phoenix, Season 1 - Episode 8, 'Fond Memories' (ABC) Leverne McDonnell
    Six Pack - 'Loulla' (SBS) Lenita Vangellis
    Brides Of Christ (ABC) Sandy Gore

  • Best Television Documentary
  • Winner:

    Cop It Sweet (ABC) Jennifer Brockie

    Nominees:

    Admission Impossible (ABC) Chris Oliver
    Driving With Richard (SBS) Andrew Wiseman
    Riding The Tiger - Episode 3, 'The New Order' (ABC) Christine Olsen

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