Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The Australian Film Critics Association handed out their 5th Annual AFCA Film Awards this weekend at the University Hotel in Melbourne.
The thriller Snowtown by Justin Kurzel topped the awards with four prizes. It won for Best Australian Film, Actor (Daniel Henshall), Director and Screenplay. It's competitors for Australian Film were The Eye Of The Storm, Mrs Carey’s Concert, Oranges And Sunshine and Sleeping Beauty.
Fred Schepisi's The Eye of the Storm had led with six nominations. However, it came away from the evening empty-handed.
Canada's Incendies by Denis Villeneuve won for Best Overseas Film – Foreign Language. The other nominees had been last year's Oscar-winner Hævnen (In A Better World), Certified Copy, Pina and La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In).Terrence Malick's The Tree Of Life won for Best Overseas Film (English Language) against Drive, The Guard, Melancholia and Take Shelter.
Emily Watson won for Best Actress with her work in Oranges and Sunshine. The winner for Best Documentary was Asif Kapadia's Senna.
The previously-announced winners for the AFCA Awards for Excellence in Film Writing were Rebecca Harkins-Cross, Jake Wilson, Alice Tynan and Josh Nelson.
Nominees for the 2011 Australian Film Critics Association AFCA Awards
Complete list of winners for the Australian Film Critics Association 2011 Awards
BEST AUSTRALIAN FILM
BEST OVERSEAS FILM (ENGLISH LANGUAGE)
The Tree Of Life
BEST OVERSEAS FILM (FOREIGN LANGUAGE)
Daniel Henshall – Snowtown
Emily Watson – Oranges and Sunshine
Justin Kurzel – Snowtown
Shaun Grant – Snowtown
AFCA WRITING AWARDS
IVAN HUTCHINSON AWARD FOR WRITING ON AUSTRALIAN FILM
Rebecca Harkins-Cross – “Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? We Are”
AWARD FOR WRITING ON NON-AUSTRALIAN FILM
Jake Wilson – “Islands and Ghosts: Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer”
AWARD FOR A REVIEW OF AN INDIVIDUAL AUSTRALIAN FILM
Alice Tynan – Griff the Invisible
AWARD FOR A REVIEW OF AN INDIVIDUAL NON-AUSTRALIAN FILM
Josh Nelson – Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives