The AACTA International Awards honour achievements in screen excellence, regardless of geography, across eleven categories. The Awards add a uniquely Australian voice to the international awards season alongside the Oscars, BAFTAs, Emmy’s and Golden Globes.
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The Power Of The Dog is written, directed and produced by acclaimed New Zealand director Jane Campion. The western psychological drama was shot in Otago, New Zealand and has risen to be among the most awarded films of 2021, with over 180 international awards to date, including several Best Film of the Year awards.
In Being the Ricardos, Nicole Kidman delivers a thoughtful and complex version of sitcom star Lucille Ball, giving fans of Ball and I Love Lucy an insight into her off-screen identity and the challenges she faced in a politically tense 1950’s America. Her captivating performance is credited as one of the reasons the film has received record viewers, having been viewed for a total of 604 million minutes in the first four days of its release. AACTA, Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and Emmy winner Nicole Kidman is considered to be one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, boasting a long and successful career across acting, directing and producing.
Dame Judi Dench is a British national treasure and global cinema icon, known worldwide as a “peerless performer” with roles ranging from James Bond films to Shakespearean dramas. In Belfast Dench pays tribute to her Irish roots, taking on the role of warm and witty ‘Granny’ – based on writer/director Kenneth Branagh’s real life grandmother. Set in the late 1960s, Belfast is a semi-autobiographical film that chronicles the life of a protestant working-class family and their young son’s childhood during the tumult in the Northern Ireland capital.
"Thank you AACTA for honoring me with Best Supporting Actor In Film. As an Australian, I'm humbled to be honored by such a distinguished group of my peers.
When I began acting at a young age I could not imagine the journey it would take me on. And now to be working with the incomparable Jane Campion on such a deeply special film, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons - all wonderful actors I've been lucky to learn from every day - is a highlight of my career. Jane, Benedict, Kirsten, Jesse, the rest of the cast and crew, all pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and really embody the character of Peter. Thank you."
Succession, created by Jesse Armstrong, centres on the Roy family, the dysfunctional owners of Waystar RoyCo, a global media and entertainment conglomerate, who are fighting each other for control of the company amid uncertainty about the health of the family's patriarch. The series has been widely embraced by audiences the world over, and has received over 60 international awards to date – including 9 primetime Emmy’s and now an AACTA!
The luxurious White Lotus resort in Hawaii, housing the rich, bored and privileged, is the setting for this sumptuous series charting the exploits of guests & staff over one incredible week. Created by Mike White, The White Lotus is a comedic social satire exploring the issues of modern day white privilege and entitlement. A worldwide phenomenon, The White Lotus is one of HBO's most watched series.
Acceptance speech to come.
In the HBO limited series Mare of Easttown, Kate Winslet plays Mare Sheehan, a small-town detective trying to find a balance between work and home – supporting a family in distress whilst solving the murder of a young girl. Having recently won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the role, this performance is agreed to be a stand-out for Winslet’s career and an important portrayal of complex older women for our screens.
Denis Villeneuve, a French Canadian writer/director, is known for his skill at crafting visually inventive, sensitive, and unflinching films, and whose credits include Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049. His masterful direction of Dune saw him deliver an epic science fiction film that was critically acclaimed for its vision, scope and ambition, and also pleased audiences grossing over $397 million worldwide. Dune: Part Two is in pre-production and will also be directed by Villeneuve.
Based on true events, Being The Ricardos is a behind-the-scenes look at one of the 1950’s highest profile marriages between Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz during one critical production week of their groundbreaking sitcom I Love Lucy. After seeing the movie, Lucille's and Desi's daughter Lucie Arnaz called the movie "freaking amazing”, and complimented Aaron Sorkin for making such a great movie that really captured the time period and had wonderful casting.