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Winners Announced for the 12th AACTA International Awards

Avatar: The Way of Water, The Banshees of Inisherin and Elvis dominate the film categories, while Mystery Road: Origin and White Lotus: Sicily take home the gongs for the small screen.


The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) today announced the winners for the 12th AACTA International Awards, honouring the world’s best achievements in screen excellence. 

James Cameron’s Avatar:The Way of Water took out the coveted Award for Best Film, however it was black tragicomedy The Banshees of Inisherin that lead this year’s film categories with 3 wins including Best Supporting Actor (Brendan Gleeson), Best Supporting Actress (Kerry Condon), and Best Screenplay (Martin McDonagh).

Notably, Australian Actress Cate Blanchett won her third International AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress in Film for her performance in Tár. Blanchett has previously received this Award for Carol (2015) and Blue Jasmine (2013).

Elvis added two more AACTA Awards to its collection after receiving 11 at the Australian Academy’s domestic Awards in December last year. Baz Luhrmann took out Best Direction and Austin Butler was crowned Best Lead Actor. 

Australian productions and talent have also triumphed on the small screen, with ABC’s Mystery Road: Origin taking home Best Drama Series and Mark Coles Smith receiving Best Lead Actor in a Series – Awards they also received at the domestic AACTA Awards. Aaron Pederson and Mark Coles Smith, who have both played Detective Jay Swan in the Mystery Road Franchise, have now both received an International AACTA Award for their portrayals. 

The White Lotus: Sicily has gone back-to-back for Best Comedy Series, with season 1 winning at the AACTA International Awards last year. Jennifer Coolidge, who plays the often rude, always-hilarious Tanya McQuoid in the series has taken out the International AACTA Award for Best Actress.

AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said, “Congratulations to this year’s deserving AACTA International Award winners. The Australian Academy is proud to be able to celebrate and acknowledge some of the most compelling productions from this past year and show our appreciation for the talented screen practitioners that inspire and entertain us. It is also wonderful to see Australia’s Mystery Road: Origin and Elvis recognised on the international stage, as well the talented Cate Blanchett and Mark Coles Smith. Australia’s screen industry is booming, and these awards demonstrate that our content is lauded worldwide.”


For a full list of AACTA Award Winners and Nominees, click here.

View the winner acceptance speeches via AACTA’s YouTube Channel.


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