Australian Academy announces winners for the 10th AACTA International Awards
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) today announced the winners for the 10th AACTA International Awards, honouring the world’s best achievements in screen excellence.
Promising Young Woman, the black comedy thriller produced by Australia’s own multi-AACTA International Award winner Margot Robbie and her production house, LuckyChap Entertainment, took out the Award for Best Film. The powerful story which tackles the dismantling of toxic masculinity also received a Best Lead Actress in Film award for Carey Mulligan’s compelling performance.
Chloé Zhao was recognised for her majestic work on Nomadland, making her the first woman to receive the prestigious AACTA International Award for Best Direction in Film.
Also receiving two awards was The Trial of the Chicago 7, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin which took home Best Screenplay in Film and Best Supporting Actor in Film for Sacha Baron Cohen’s transformative work, marking his first AACTA International Award win.
The intensely popular and compelling coming-of-age period drama, The Queen’s Gambit took home two of the four new global TV awards including Best Drama Series and Best Actress in a Series with Anya Taylor-Joy receiving her first AACTA Award for her portrayal of chess prodigy and orphan, Beth Harmon.
The AACTA International Award for Best Actor in a Series went to Australian actor and three-time AFI | AACTA Award nominee, Aaron Pedersen, marking his first AACTA Award win for his role as detective Jay Swan in Australian outback drama, Mystery Road.
AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said: “Today’s results are a testament to the depth and excellence being produced globally in film and TV. It is particularly special to see Australian powerhouse Margot Robbie behind the scenes on such an important piece of work with Promising Young Woman taking out Best Film. To have started her career in Australia on a soap like Neighbours to now cementing her position as one of Hollywood’s most significant and influential storytellers is incredible. It is also wonderful to see an actor like Aaron Pedersen rise up and receive Best Actor in a Series in a category overflowing with extraordinary talent.”
NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said: “Sydney is proud to be a major player in the global film and television industry, producing local talent both on-screen and behind the scenes, while also promoting excellence on the international stage. The AACTA International Awards have played a significant role in this space, while highlighting Sydney’s profile as a leading creative hub. I congratulate the team at the AACTA for their ingenuity in ensuring this important industry event could be staged in a new and innovative format.”
AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARD NOMINEES & WINNERS
AACTA International Award for Best Film
- The Father
- Promising Young Woman (WINNER)
- The Trial of the Chicago 7
AACTA International Award for Best Direction in Film
- Pete Docter – Soul
- Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
- David Fincher – Mank
- Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7
- Chloé Zhao – Nomadland (WINNER)
AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay in Film
- The Father
- Promising Young Woman
- The Trial of the Chicago 7 (WINNER)
AACTA International Award for Best Drama Series
- The Crown
- I May Destroy You
- The Mandalorian
- Mystery Road
- The Queen's Gambit (WINNER)
AACTA International Award for Best Comedy Series
- After Life
- The Great
- Schitt's Creek (WINNER)
- Sex Education
- What We Do in the Shadows
AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actor in Film
- Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
- Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (WINNER)
- Adarsh Gourav – The White Tiger
- Anthony Hopkins – The Father
- Gary Oldman – Mank
AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actress in Film
- Viola Davis – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
- Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman
- Frances McDormand – Nomadland
- Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman (WINNER)
- Eliza Scanlen – Babyteeth
AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor in Film
- Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7 (WINNER)
- Chadwick Boseman – Da 5 Bloods
- Ben Mendelsohn – Babyteeth
- Mark Rylance – The Trial of the Chicago 7
- David Strathairn – Nomadland
AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress in Film
- Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
- Olivia Colman – The Father (WINNER)
- Saoirse Ronan – Ammonite
- Amanda Seyfried – Mank
- Swankie – Nomadland
AACTA International Award for Best Actor in a Series
- Jason Bateman – Ozark
- Hugh Grant – The Undoing
- Daniel Levy – Schitt's Creek
- Paul Mescal – Normal People
- Aaron Pedersen – Mystery Road (WINNER)
AACTA International Award for Best Actress in a Series
- Cate Blanchett – Mrs America
- Daisy Edgar-Jones – Normal People
- Nicole Kidman – The Undoing
- Catherine O'Hara – Schitt's Creek
- Anya Taylor-Joy – The Queen's Gambit (WINNER)
For the full list of AACTA International Award winners and acceptance speeches, click here.
For a link to the 10th AACTA International Award winners and clips on YouTube, click here.
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ABOUT THE AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
The AACTA International Awards recognise screen excellence regardless of geography. The Film Awards are determined by the AACTA International Chapter which is made up of 200 Australian screen professionals with distinguished international credentials. The Series Awards are determined by all current AACTA Members; a unique worldwide community comprised of emerging and established creatives, screen enthusiasts and students. For more information on the AACTA International Awards, click here.
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The AACTA Awards are a continuum of the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, which were first presented 63 years ago in 1958. Past AFI Award recipients include Nicole Kidman (AACTA Vice President), Russell Crowe (AACTA President), Eric Bana, Toni Collette, Dr. George Miller (AACTA Patron) and Cate Blanchett (AACTA Ambassador).
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