The 7th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel were held across two major events at The Star Event Centre in Sydney in December 2017:
- The Industry Luncheon was held on Monday 4 December
- The AACTA Awards Ceremony was held on Wednesday 6 December
The 7th AACTA Awards saw a record 55 Awards presented, with LION leading the Awards tally with a clean sweep, winning all twelve of the categories it was nominated for.
Among others, the Oscar®-nominated film received the AACTA Awards for Best Film presented by Foxtel, Best Direction (awarded to Garth Davis), Best Supporting Actor (awarded to Dev Patel) and Best Lead Actor (awarded to nine-year-old Sunny Pawar, who now holds the record for the youngest winner in the category).
Nicole Kidman continued a stellar year by winning both of her nominated categories – Best Supporting Actress for LION and Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama for TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL.
The remaining two feature film Awards went to Emma Booth, who took home the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress for HOUNDS OF LOVE, and ALI'S WEDDING, which received the Award for Best Original Screenplay.
SEVEN TYPES OF AMBIGUITY led the television categories, receiving five Awards including Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama for Hugo Weaving, marking his first AACTA Award in a television category and his third consecutive AACTA Award.
Jane Campion’s drama series TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL and documentary WHITELEY followed closely behind, receiving four Awards each.
Two new AACTA Awards were also presented: Best Online Video or Series, which was awarded to RackaRacka; and Best Asian Film presented by PR Asia, which was presented to Indian sports drama DANGAL by Best Asian Film Grand Jury President and Oscar® winner Russell Crowe.
Receiving individual awards were Simon Baker who received the AACTA Trailblazer Award, Martin Butler and Bentley Dean who received the Byron Kennedy Award and Phillip Noyce, who was honoured with the prestigious Longford Lyell Award.
- AACTA calls for jurors and announces a new Feature Length Documentary jury process for the 7th AACTA Awards (23 March 2017)
- AACTA announces new Feature Film Eligibility Policy and Online Video or Series Award for 7th Awards Season (20 April 2017)
- 2017 dates revealed and renewals with Foxtel, Seven and The Star announced (15 June 2017)
- AACTA opens arms to Asian region with AACTA Award for Best Asian Film (22 June 2017)
- AACTA announces Short Film nominees for the 7th AACTA Awards (14 July 2017)
- AACTA launches Festival of Australian Film, announces the feature films in competition and Best Feature Length Documentary nominees (7 August 2017)
- AACTA announces nine nominees for the inaugural AACTA Award for Best Asian Film (12 October 2017)
- AACTA launches 'In Conversation Event Series', featuring celebrated Indian actors Shabana Azmi and Anupam Kher (23 October 2017)
- Nominations announced for the 7th AACTA Awards (30 October 2017)
- Guy Sebastian, The Angels and Anthony Callea to perform at the 7th AACTA Awards (18 November 2017)
- Star-studded line-up set for the 7th AACTA Awards (22 November 2017)
- AACTA announces 'In Conversation' with Liu Yi and Alex Proyas (23 November 2017)
- AACTA announces Martin Butler and Bentley Dean as this year's Byron Kennedy Award recipients (30 November 2017)
- Simon Baker announced as recipient of 2017 AACTA Trailblazer Award (3 December 2017)
- First AACTA Award winners announced at Industry Luncheon in Sydney (4 December 2017)
- Director Phillip Noyce to be honoured with Australia's top screen award (6 December 2017)
- 7th AACTA Award winners announced in Sydney (6 December 2017)
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