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Wonderful Surprises from the 2015 AACTA Awards

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ 4th annual best-of-the-year award ceremony wrapped up on Jan. 29, 2015. It nearly slipped right past my radar. I’m so wrapped up in my narrow-minded American patriotism to recognize when an international film award ceremony takes place. I should be ashamed of myself. But I digress.

Reading the recap of winners and losers from the AACTA event, I noticed a few great things that I want to discuss briefly. Namely, I want to highlight a certain Aussie horror film that got a lot of worthy buzz late in 2014. Yes, The Babadook took home the joint prize of Best Film at the AACTA’s, winning in a tie with the Russell Crowe-directed The Water Diviner. Beyond that, the horror film gained honors for Jennifer Kent’s brilliant directorial work (in her directorial debut, no less) and for her screenplay. This is lovely to see considering Kent’s terrifying film was widely overlooked by the American award ceremonies.

The Babadook did lose out in the Best Actress category despite Essie Davis’ stunning performance. The good news is that she lost to an actress who deserved the win just as much: Sarah Snook. Snook’s role in the Spierig Brothers’ mind-bending science fiction film Predestination was phenomenal (see a full review of Predestination here). Predestination also took home some well-deserved trophies in the Editing, Cinematography, and Production Design categories.

Overall, I’m glad to see these two films get so much recognition. Both of them blew me away upon viewing, and I just wanted to take a little time to comment on their individual successes. You done good, AACTA. I won’t forget about you next year.

 

As always, thanks for reading!

 

–Alex Brannan (@TheAlexBrannan)

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