• George Miller accepts Best Film for Mad Max: Fury Road during the 5th AACTA Awards on December 9, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Image.net)Source: Image.net
'Mad Max: Fury Road' shares the spotlight with 'The Dressmaker' and Cate Blanchett at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards.
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10 Dec 2015 - 7:50 AM  UPDATED 10 Dec 2015 - 7:58 AM

Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dressmaker topped the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards.

The AACTA awards were presented Wednesday night at the Star Event Centre in Sydney. Red Carpet celebrities included George Miller, Hugo Weaving, Anthony LaPaglia, Rachael Griffiths and Ryan Corr.

Cate Blanchett was also on hand to collect the AACTA Longford Lyell Award, the highest honour in Australian cinema. She accepted the award, tearfully, from Hugo Weaving (who dubbed her 'Cathy Blanket'), Gillian Armstrong and Richard Roxburgh. 

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Mad Max, with four nominations, won two prizes in the top categories, collecting the best film prize and the best director prize for Miller.

The Dressmaker had been nominated in seven categories and won four AACTA awards. Kate Winslet and Judy Davis won as best actress and best supporting actress, respectively. Weaving won the best supporting actor award. The film also won the people's choice for best Australian film.

Michael Caton was named best lead actor in Last Cab To Darwin.

Paper Planes, which had proved popular with Australian commercial audiences and with international festivals, had three nominations, but came away empty handed. In an earlier ceremony it had won best original screenplay. 

The list of major winners is as follows

BEST FILM

Mad Max: Fury Road
D Doug Mitchell, PJ Voeten, George Miller

BEST DIRECTION

Mad Max: Fury Road 
George Miller

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Paper Planes 
Robert Connolly, Steve Worland

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Last Cab To Darwin 
Reg Cribb, Jeremy Sims

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Mad Max: Fury Road 
John Seale ASC AC

BEST EDITING

Mad Max: Fury Road 
Margaret Sixel

BEST SOUND

Mad Max: Fury Road 
Ben Osmo, Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff, David White, Mark Mangini, Scott Hecker, Wayne Pashley

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE

Mad Max: Fury Road 
Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Mad Max: Fury Road 
Colin Gibson

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Dressmaker 
Marion Boyce, Margot Wilson

BEST LEAD ACTOR

Michael Caton
Last Cab To Darwin

BEST LEAD ACTRESS

Kate Winslet
The Dressmaker

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Hugo Weaving
The Dressmaker

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Judy Davis
The Dressmaker

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD FOR FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN FILM

The Dressmaker

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS OR ANIMATION

Mad Max: Fury Road 
Andrew Jackson, Holly Radcliffe, Dan Oliver, Andy Williams, Tom Wood, Fiona Crawford

LONGFORD LYELL AWARD

Cate Blanchett

BYRON KENNEDY AWARD

Adam Arkapaw

BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY

That Sugar Film 
Nick Batzias, Damon Gameau

BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES

Glitch 
Tony Ayres, Louise Fox, Ewan Burnett – ABC

BEST SHORT ANIMATION

Ernie Biscuit 
Adam Elliot

BEST SHORT FICTION FILM

Nulla Nulla 
Dylan River, Tanith Glynn-Maloney

BEST TELEFEATURE OR MINI SERIES

Peter Allen - Not The Boy Next Door 
Kerrie Mainwaring, Rory Callaghan – Seven Network

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