The 2018 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel not only honoured screen craft excellence across all industry sectors, but also celebrated the 60th Anniversary of AFI | AACTA, Australia’s longest standing national screen culture and industry development organisation.
A record 56 AACTA Awards were presented across two major events held in Sydney at The Star Event Centre: the Industry Luncheon on Monday 3 December and the AACTA Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 5 December.
Hosts Kat Stewart and Nazeem Hussain were joined by 770 guests for the sell-out Industry Luncheon, which saw 35 awards presented, including three new AACTA Awards. The inaugural AACTA Award for Best Indie Film presented by Event Cinemas was awarded to Benjamin Gilmour’s JIRGA; Allison Meadows became the first-ever recipient of the AACTA Award for Best Casting presented by Casting Networks for her work on RIOT; and the inaugural AACTA Subscription Television Award for Best Sports Presentation went to FINALS FOOTY ON FOX: RICHMOND V COLLINGWOOD.
The remaining 21 awards were presented at the AACTA Awards Ceremony, which was hosted by Stephen Curry and telecast on Channel Seven with encore screenings on Foxtel. In a big year for Australian screen stories, SWEET COUNTRY, MYSTERY ROAD, RIOT, LADIES IN BLACK, Nicole Kidman, Warwick Thornton, Deborah Mailman and Simon Baker were among the winners announced at the Ceremony.
The ceremony drew a crowd of over 1,250 guests, including some of Australia’s top film and television stars such as Bruce Beresford, Sigrid Thornton, Jack Thompson, Rebecca Gibney, Fred Schepisi, Susie Porter, Aaron Pedersen, Marta Dusseldorp, Leah Purcell, and David Stratton.
Highlights of the Ceremony included performances from Vance Joy and Katie Noonan, and the presentation of the AACTA Longford Lyell Award to Bryan Brown, the Byron Kennedy Award to Ian Darling AO and the AACTA Award for Best Asian Film presented by Eureka International Group (EIG) to Chinese box office hit DYING TO SURVIVE.