Director Elissa Down’s The Black Balloon took out top honours at the AFI Awards on December 6, with nods for best film, director, original screenplay, editing and two supporting acting awards, for Toni Collette and Luke Ford.
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7 Dec 2008 - 2:49 AM  UPDATED 7 Nov 2012 - 1:30 AM


It
continues Down’s run of awards glory for her semi-autobiographical story of a suburban
family coping with the pressures of a child with acute autism.

But it
wasn’t a clean sweep; Peter Duncan’s Unfinished
Sky
was also a hit with AFI judges, taking home both lead acting honours
for William Mcinnes and Monic Hendrixx, an adapted screenplay gong for Duncan,
cinematography honours fo Robert Humphreys ACS, best sound and best music .

The full
list of L\'Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards winners are:

AFI
International Award for Best Actor

Heath
Ledger. The Dark Knight

AFI
International Award for Best Actress

Cate
Blanchett. Elizabeth: The Golden Age

L’Oréal
Paris AFI Young Actor Award

Danielle
Catanzariti. Hey Hey It’s Esther
Blueburger

Byron
Kennedy Award

Chris
Lilley

Australia’s
Favourite Film

The Castle

News
Limited Readers’ Choice Award

Hugh
Jackman

AFI Award
for Best Television Comedy Series

Summer Heights High. Chris Lilley & Laura
Waters. ABC

AFI Award
for Best Television Drama Series

Underbelly. Greg Haddrick &
Brenda Pam. Nine Network

AFI Award
for Best Telefeature, Mini Series or Short Run Series

East West 101. Steve Knapman & Kris
Wyld. SBS

AFI Award
for Best Direction in Television

Underbelly (Episode 7, Wise Monkeys)
Peter Andrikidis. Nine Network

AFI Award
for Best Screenplay in Television

The Hollowmen (Episode 1, Fat Chance)
Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner & Rob Sitch. ABC

AFI Award
for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama

Gyton
Grantley. Underbelly. Nine Network

AFI Award
for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama

Kat
Stewart. Underbelly. Nine Network

AFI Award
for Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama

Damian
Walshe-Howling. Underbelly (Episode
7, Wise Monkeys) Nine Network

AFI Award
for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama

Madeleine
West. Underbelly (Episode 7, Wise
Monkeys) Nine Network

AFI Award
for Best Performance in a Television Comedy

Chris
Lilley. Summer Heights High. ABC

AFI Award
for Best Documentary

Not Quite Hollywood. Craig Griffin &
Michael Lynch

L’Oréal
Paris AFI Award for Best Film

The Black Balloon. Tristram Miall

AFI Award
for Best Direction

The Black Balloon. Elissa Down

Macquarie
AFI Award for Best Original Screenplay

The Black Balloon. Elissa Down & Jimmy
The Exploder

Macquarie
AFI Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Unfinished Sky. Peter Duncan

AFI Award
for Best Lead Actor

William
McInnes. Unfinished Sky

AFI Award
for Best Lead Actress

Monic
Hendrickx. Unfinished Sky

AFI Award
for Best Supporting Actor

Luke
Ford. The Black Balloon

AFI Award
for Best Supporting Actress

Toni
Collette. The Black Balloon

The full
list of L\'Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Industry Awards presented by Digital Pictures
winners:

AFI
International Award for Excellence in Filmmaking

Peter
James ACS, ASC

AFI
Visual Effects Award

H2O – Just Add Water (Series 2). Barry Lanfranchi.
Network Ten

AFI
Raymond Longford Award

Dione
Gilmour

AFI Award
for Best Children’s Television Drama

Blue Water High (Series 3). Noel Price
& Dennis Kiely. ABC

AFI Award
for Best Light Entertainment Television Series

Enough Rope with Andrew
Denton
. Andrew
Denton & Anita Jacoby. ABC

AFI Award
for Outstanding Achievement in Television Screen Craft

Steve
Evans. Editing – Underbelly. Nine
Network

AFI Award
for Best Cinematography

Unfinished Sky. Robert Humphreys ACS

AFI Award
for Best Editing

The Black Balloon. Veronika Jenet ASE

AFI Award
for Best Sound

Unfinished Sky. Andrew Plain, Annie
Breslin & Will Ward

AFI Award
for Best Original Music Score

Unfinished Sky. Antony Partos

AFI Award
for Best Production Design

Death Defying Acts. Gemma Jackson

AFI Award
for Best Costume Design

The Tender Hook. Cappi Ireland

AFI Award
for Best Direction in a Documentary

The Oasis. Ian Darling & Sascha
Ettinger Epstein

AFI Award
for Best Cinematography in a Documentary

A Northern Town. Andrew Commis &
Rachel Landers

AFI Award
for Best Editing in a Documentary

The Oasis. Sally Fryer

AFI Award
for Best Sound in a Documentary

Rare Chicken Rescue. Brett Aplin, Greg Docwra,
John Willsteed & David White

AFI Award
for Best Short Animation

Dog With Electric Collar. Steve Baker & Damon
Escott

AFI Award
for Best Short Fiction Film

Jerrycan. Stuart Parkyn &
Julius Avery

AFI Award
for Best Screenplay in a Short Film

The Ground Beneath. Rene Hernandez

AFI Award
for Outstanding Achievement in Short Film Screen Craft

Xanthe
Highfield. Production Design - fOUR