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The 2001 awards heavily showcased work from the new guard. The Best Film award was contended for by Lantana with 13 nominations, followed by Moulin Rouge with 10, The Bank with 9 and The Dish with 2. The other multiple nominees were La Spagnola (11), Mullet (5) and Yolngu Boy (3).

La Spagnola won in the category of Best Original Music. This was Cezary Skubiszewski’s second consecutive award in this category and his second from four nominations.

The award For Best Original Screenplay went to Robert Connolly for The Bank. Connolly had been nominated in the category of Best Film in 1998 for The Boys. He was also nominated in 2001 for his work as director of The Bank.

The other twelve awards were shared by Moulin Rouge and Lantana. Moulin Rouge pretty well swept the technical awards and was successful in the categories of Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Sound, Best Editing and Best Cinematography. The award for Best Costume Design was shared by Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie. Strathie had won this award in 1992 for his work on Strictly Ballroom. Catherine Martin also received the award for Best Production Design, as she had for Strictly BallroomMoulin Rouge would go on to take both of these awards at the 2002 Academy Awards.

The award for Best Sound went to a team of sound artists that included Andy Nelson, who had worked extensively in America on such films as Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. Jill Bilcock’s award for Best Editing was her third from six nominations. Veteran cameraman Don McAlpine’s award was his third from five nominations. Both Bilcock and McAlpine would be nominated at the 2002 Academy Awards for their work on Moulin Rouge.

The rest of the night belonged to Lantana, which won all four acting awards as well as Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Direction and Best Film. Before this, three films (Evil Angels, The Piano and Angel Baby) had won in the category of Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress, but no film had ever collected all four acting awards.

The award for Best Supporting Actress went to Rachael Blake, who had previously won Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama for her work in the television series Wildside. Vince Colosimo, who was named Best Supporting Actor, had been previously nominated as Best Lead Actor in Moving Out. Best Lead Actress Kerry Armstrong had a previous nomination for Hunting. Best Lead Actor Anthony LaPaglia had been previously nominated for The Custodian.

The award for Best Adapted Screenplay went to Andrew Bovell, whose previous nominations were for television series Six Pack and for Head On. Bovell also received a special screenwriting award. Lantana was director Ray Lawrence’s second feature. 16 years earlier, he had won Best Direction for his work on Bliss. This was his second Best Direction award, which was a remarkable achievement from two films. Jan Chapman accepted the award for Best Film. This was her second award from three nominations in the feature category to accompany two previous major prizes in the television category and the 1997 Raymond Longford Award.

There was some wonderful work in the non-feature category. Facing The Music was nominated for Best Documentary, Best Direction in a Documentary and Best Sound in a Non-Feature Film. It was named Best Documentary and was the fourth of Robin Anderson and Bob Connolly’s five documentaries to win in this category. Facing The Music also won the award for Best Sound in a Non-Feature Film. The award for Best Direction in a Documentary went to Dennis O’Rourke for Cunnamulla. This was his second AFI Award nomination. Cunnamulla was also nominated as Best Documentary.

One Night The Moon received two awards. Kim Batterham won Best Cinematography in a Non-Feature Film at his first nomination. The film also received the Open Craft in a Non-Feature Film award for its original music score, which went to a trio of composers that included Paul Kelly.

The Big House, which was Rachel Ward’s remarkable debut work as a director, won the Best Short Fiction Film award.

In the television category, My Brother Jack was named Best Mini-Series or Telefeature. Producer Sue Milliken had previous feature nominations for The Fringe Dwellers and Black Robe. Angie Milliken’s work in this series won her the award for Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Telefeature. She had been previously nominated for the telemovie Act Of Necessity.

Peter Andrikidis won Best Direction in a Television Drama for his work on My Husband My Killer. It was his third award from eight nominations. David Field was named Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Telefeature for his work in this telemovie. Field had been previously nominated for his work in Grass Roots. Kerry Armstrong won her second lead actress award of the evening when she was named Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama Series for Sea Change, which allowed her to make two lengthy and amusing acceptance speeches.

The Secret Life Of Us, which would springboard many careers, received six nominations this year. Catherine McClements was named Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama Series. She had been previously nominated twice for her work in Water Rats and had won a Best Lead Actress award for the feature Weekend With Kate. Samuel Johnson was named Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama Series. He had been previously nominated for an episode of Wildside.

Ian David received the Byron Kennedy Award and was cited for his dedication to truthful story telling and as a selfless campaigner for artists' rights.

David Stratton was a worthy recipient of the Raymond Longford Award for his many years of service to film culture as festival director, critic, teacher and cinephile.

2001 Winners & Nominees

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ADDITIONAL AWARDS

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TELEVISION

  • AFI Award for Best Children’s Television Drama
  • Winner:

    Cybergirl - Episode 1 (Network Ten) Jonathan M. Shiff, Daniel Scharf

    Nominees:

    Crash Zone, Series 2 - Episode 11, 'Skin Deep' (Seven Network) Patricia Edgar, Bernadette O'Mahoney
    Li'l Horrors - Episode 13, 'Trouble Double' (ABC) Stuart Menzies, Tony Wright
    Thunderstone III - Episode 13 (Ten Network) Jonathan M. Shiff, Daniel Scharf

  • AFI Award for Best Episode in a Television Drama Series
  • Winner:

    SeaChange, Series 3 - Episode 8, 'I Name Thee Bay Of Pearls' (ABC) Sally Ayre-Smith

    Nominees:

    Love Is A Four-Letter Word - Episode 13, 'Split' (ABC) Rosemary Blight, Tim Pye
    SeaChange, Series 3 - Episode 13, 'Half Life' (ABC) Sally Ayre-Smith
    The Games, Series 2 - Episode 10, 'Solar' (ABC) John Clarke, Ross Stevenson, Mark Ruse
    The Secret Life Of Us, Series 1 - Episode 16, 'The Butterfly Effect' (Network Ten) John Edwards, Amanda Higgs

  • AFI Award for Best Episode in a Long Running Television Drama Series
  • Winner:

    Something In The Air - Episode 224, 'That One Defining Moment' (ABC) Roger Le Mesurier, Roger Simpson, Alan Hardy

    Nominees:

    All Saints, Series 4 - Episode 22, 'The Sign' (Seven Network) Di Drew
    Something In The Air - Episode 227, 'Into Thy Hands' (ABC) Roger Le Mesurier, Roger Simpson, Alan Hardy
    Something In The Air - Episode 244, 'Living In The Past' (ABC) Roger Le Mesurier, Roger Simpson, Alan Hardy

  • Holding Redlich AFI Award for Best Telefeature or Mini-Series
  • Winner:

    My Brother Jack (Network Ten) Sue Milliken, Andrew Wiseman, Richard Keddie

    Nominees:

    Changi (ABC) Bill Hughes
    Do Or Die (Seven Network) John Edwards, Lavinia Warner
    My Husband My Killer (Network Ten) David Gould, Des Monaghan, Anthony Buckley

  • AFI Award for Best Direction in a Television Drama
  • Winner:

    My Husband My Killer (Network Ten) Peter Andrikidis

    Nominees:

    Do Or Die (Seven Network) Rowan Woods
    My Brother Jack (Network Ten) Ken Cameron
    SeaChange, Series 3 - Episode 8, 'I Name Thee Bay Of Pearls' (ABC) Stuart McDonald
    The Secret Life Of Us, Series 1 - Episode 16, 'The Butterfly Effect' (Network Ten) Roger Hodgman

  • Columbia TriStar AFI Award for Best Screenplay in a Television Drama
  • Winner:

    The Games, Series 2 - Episode 10, 'Solar' (ABC) John Clarke, Ross Stevenson

    Nominees:

    Changi (ABC) John Doyle
    SeaChange, Series 3 - Episode 8, 'I Name Thee Bay Of Pearls' (ABC) Andrew Knight, Andrea Denholm
    SeaChange, Series 3 - Episode 11, 'Love In The Time Of Coleridge' (ABC) Hannie Rayson, Andrea Denholm

  • KPMG AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama Series
  • Winner:

    The Secret Life Of Us (Network Ten) Samuel Johnson

    Nominees:

    SeaChange (ABC) John Howard
    SeaChange (ABC) William McInnes
    The Games (ABC) Nicholas Bell

  • AFI Award for Best Actor in a Guest Role in a Television Drama Series
  • Winner:

    Blue Heelers, Series 8 - Episode 29, 'Part Two: The Poisoned Fruit' (Seven Network) Gary Day

    Nominees:

    Something In The Air - Episode 224, 'That One Defining Moment' (ABC) Steve Adams
    Stingers, Series 4 - Episode 2, 'Rich Man's World' (Nine Network) Travis McMahon
    The Secret Life Of Us, Series 1 - Episode 10, 'State Of Limbo' (Network Ten) Damian Walshe-Howling

  • AFI Award for Best Actor in a Telefeature or Mini-Series
  • Winner:

    My Husband My Killer (Network Ten) David Field

    Nominees:

    Changi (ABC) Geoff Morrell
    My Brother Jack (Network Ten) Simon Lyndon
    My Brother Jack (Network Ten) William McInnes

  • Max Factor AFI Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama Series
  • Winner:

    SeaChange (ABC) Kerry Armstrong

    Nominees:

    Love Is A Four Letter Word (ABC) Kate Beahan
    SeaChange (ABC) Sigrid Thornton
    The Games (ABC) Gina Riley
    The Secret Life Of Us (Network Ten) Claudia Karvan

  • Max Factor AFI Award for Best Actress in a Guest Role in a Television Drama Series
  • Winner:

    The Secret Life Of Us, Series 1 - Episode 11, 'Love Sucks' (Network Ten) Catherine McClements

    Nominees:

    Blue Heelers, Series 8 - Episode 3, 'Deadly Fascination' (Seven Network) Carol Burns
    Love Is A Four Letter Word - Episode 13, 'Split' (ABC) Joanne Priest
    Stingers, Series 4 - Episode 5, 'Fool To Want You' (Nine Network) Rhondda Findleton

  • AFI Award for Best Actress in a Telefeature or Mini-Series
  • Winner:

    My Brother Jack (Network Ten) Angie Milliken

    Nominees:

    My Brother Jack (Network Ten) Ellouise Rothwell
    The Farm (ABC) Greta Scacchi

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