Lion dominates 2017 AACTA Award wins

The AACTA Awards celebrate the best of Australian television and film but there was one movie that stood out from all the rest and that was Lion.

 

The Academy Award-nominated film scooped up over 12 awards including Best Film and Best Direction.

Nine-year-old Sunny Pawar, who played the young Saroo Brierley, won the award for Best Lead Actor making him the youngest person ever to receive the accolade.

Lion Sunny Pawar (here in London in May 2017) won the AACTA award for Best Lead Actor.

Sunny Pawar (here in London in May 2017) won the AACTA award for Best Lead Actor. Source: Getty

Unfortunately the first-time actor wasn't in Australia to accept his award but he charmed in a sweet videoed acceptance speech.

Dev Patel, who played adult Saroo, took home the award for Best Supporting Actor and Nicole Kidman, who played Sue Brierley, took home the award for Best Supporting Actress.

Dev Patel won the AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor. He is pictured here with Sunny in January 2017. Source: Getty

Nicole Kidman won the AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is pictured here with Sunny in February 2017.

Nicole Kidman won the AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is pictured here with Sunny in February 2017. Source: Getty

The award of the night, the Longford Lyell Award, went to legendary film director, Phillip Noyce.

He paid homage to the Australian Film Industry in his acceptance speech and to anyone who has contributed to it.

The award of the night, the Longford Lyell Award, went to legendary film director, Phillip Noyce. Source: Getty

"Everyone out there who has ever contributed $1 of tax to the national treasury because everyone who has is a stakeholder in this industry," the 67-year-old said.

"Without you, each and every one of you, we would be back in the 1950s and '60s when I was growing up and it was practically impossible to hear an Australian voice or to see ourselves up there on the silver screen," he added.

The full list of AACTA Awards winners 2017 is below.

AACTA Longford Lyell Award
Phillip Noyce - WINNER

AACTA Trailblazer Award
Simon Baker - WINNER

Byron Kennedy Award
Martin Butler and Bentley Dean - WINNER

TELEVISION

Best Television Drama Series
Cleverman - ABC
Glitch - ABC
Janet King - Playing Advantage - ABC
Top of the Lake: China Girl - Foxtel / BBC First - WINNER
Wentworth - Foxtel / Showcase

Best Telefeature or Mini Series
Blue Murder: Killer Cop - Seven Network
Seven Types of Ambiguity - ABC
Sunshine - SBS - WINNER
Wake In Fright - Network Ten

Best Light Entertainment Television Series
Australian Ninja Warrior - Nine Network - WINNER
Gruen - ABC
Hard Quiz - ABC
Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery - ABC

Best Lifestyle Television Program
Destination Flavour Singapore - SBS
Gourmet Farmer - SBS
Grand Designs Australia - Foxtel / Lifestyle
Selling Houses Australia - Foxtel / Lifestyle - WINNER

Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama
David Dencik - Top of the Lake: China Girl - Foxtel / BBC First
Sean Keenan - Wake in Fright - Network Ten
Richard Roxburgh - Blue Murder: Killer Cop - Seven Network
Hugo Weaving - Seven Types of Ambiguity - ABC - WINNER

Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama
Toni Collette - Blue Murder: Killer Cop - Seven Network
Marta Dusseldorp - Janet King - Playing Advantage - ABC
Elisabeth Moss - Top of the Lake: China Girl - Foxtel / BBC First - WINNER
Pamela Rabe - Wentworth - Foxtel / Showcase

Best Performance in a Television Comedy
Darren Gilshenan - No Activity - Stan
Debra Lawrance - Please Like Me - ABC
Celia Pacquola - Rosehaven - ABC - WINNER
Rob Sitch - Utopia - ABC

Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama
Anthony LaPaglia - Sunshine - SBS
Ewen Leslie - Top of the Lake: China Girl - Foxtel / BBC First - WINNER
Matt Nable - Blue Murder: Killer Cop - Seven Network
David Wenham - Wake in Fright - Network Ten

Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama
Emma Booth - Blue Murder: Killer Cop - Seven Network
Tina Bursill - Doctor Doctor - Nine Network
Andrea Demetriades - Seven Types of Ambiguity - ABC
Nicole Kidman - Top of the Lake: China Girl - Foxtel / BBC First - WINNER

Best Screenplay in Television
No Activity - Episode 3 - Silent Night - Stan
Rosehaven - Episode 4 - ABC
Seven Types of Ambiguity - Episode 2 - ABC - WINNER
Utopia - Episode 5 - Start Up - ABC

FEATURE FILM

Best Film Presented By Foxtel
Ali's Wedding
Berlin Syndrome
House of Love
Jasper Jones
Lion - WINNER

Best Direction
Ali's Wedding - Jeffrey Walker
Berlin Syndrome - Cate Shortland
Hounds of Love - Ben Young
Lion - Garth Davis - WINNER

Best Lead Actor
Stephen Curry - Hounds of Love
Ewen Leslie - The Butterfly Tree
Sunny Pawar - Lion - WINNER
Osamah Sami - Ali's Wedding

Best Lead Actress
Emma Booth - Hounds of Love - WINNER
Teresa Palmer - Berlin Syndrome
Helena Sawires - Ali's Wedding
Sara West - Don't Tell

Best Supporting Actor
Don Hany - Ali's Wedding
Dev Patel - Lion - WINNER
Jack Thompson - Don't Tell
Hugo Weaving - Jasper Jones

Best Supporting Actress
Frances Durca - Ali's Wedding
Nicole Kidman - Lion - WINNER
Jacqueline McKenzie - Don't Tell
Susie Porter - Hounds of Love

Best Asian Film Presented By PR Asia
Birdshot
Dangal - WINNER
I Am Not Madame Bovary
Kaasav (Turtle)
Our Time Will Come
Pink
Train to Busan
Wolf Warrior 2
Your Name

Congratulations to all the winners.

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