Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby continued its winning streak at the Australian film industry awards, the AACTAs, on Thursday night, scoring wins for best film, adapted screenplay, three of the four film acting awards, and a best director nod for its helmer.
The win followed the film's success at the craft awards earlier in the week, where it won every film award on offer, including cinematography, costuming and production design.
The epic's combined AACTA Awards haul totalled 13, out of a 14 nominations. Rose Byrne's 7-minute performance in her portion of the portmanteau film The Turning spoiled a clean sweep for Luhrmann's lavish film, with Byrne getting the Best Actress award over Gatsby's Carey Mulligan - and fellow nominees Tasma Walton (for Mystery Road) and Naomi Watts (for Adoration).
The universal rapture for The Great Gatsby didn't end with the official prizegiving; Luhrmann's entire oevre was toasted with an on-stage 'musical tribute', featuring medleys from songs featured in Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge, Romeo+Juliet and The Great Gatsby.
The @AACTA twitter account posted the above pic of Luhrmann with wife/collaborator/fellow winner Catherine Martin (left) and co-producer Catherine Knapman, describing the multi-awarded director as "looking like the cat that got the cream".
The AACTA Awards replaced the AFI Awards in 2012 as the Australian film industry's chief awards ceremony. The AFI Awards were often lambasted for recognising films that the larger Australian filmgoing public had avoided, however The Great Gatsby's win aligns with a trend whereby the AACTA Awards are dominated by the highest grossing local film of the year (the two previous best film winners were local box office hits Red Dog and The Sapphires).