Today the 2nd annual AACTA Award Nominees were announced.
There is a great wide spread of nominees, but The Sapphires topped the feature film categories with 12 nominations with The Burning Man (10 nominations), Lore, Mental and Wish You Were Here (8 nominations each) following closely behind.
In the documentary section, Dr. Sarmast’s Music School leads the pack with 5 nominations.
In what seems the toughest category of the lot due to the quality television that has screened in 2012, Puberty Blues gained 6 nominations including one for each of its leads Ashleigh Cummings and Brenna Harding. Harding is nominated in the Young Actor category along with co-star Ed Oxenbould (who has been nominated for the short film Julian). Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War and Redfern Now follow behind with 5 nominees each.
In the TV comedy section, A Moody Christmas leads the way with 3 nominations.
One category which is always a sought after category is the Best Young Actor Award. This year Saskia Rosendahl (Lore), Brenna Harding (Puberty Blues), Ed Oxenbould (Julian) and Lily Sullivan (Mental).
There are some people with multiple nominees this year.
Deborah Mailman has 2 nominations, one in Lead Actress (The Sapphires) and Best Supporting Actress (Mental) in a Feature Film. She however was snubbed for Mabo which many thought she would get a nomination for (the telemovie only gained 1 nomination, Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama for Jimi Bani.
Essie Davis also has 2 nominations, one in Best Supporting Actress (The Burning Man), the other for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries). She will be going up against her Miss Fisher co-star Ashleigh Cummings in the latter category (who has been nominated for Puberty Blues).