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Lion cleans up at AACTA Awards with 12 gongs

Lion cast and crew pose with the AACTA Award for Best Film.
Lion cast and crew pose with the AACTA Award for Best Film. Source: AAP

The film Lion has won all of its 12 awards at the AACTAs while Russell Crowe drew attention for his strange comments on stage.

The true story about a young man's search for his birth mother, Lion, became a major winner at this year's AACTA Awards.

The tear-jerker, starting Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, won all 12 of the awards it was nominated for at the annual ceremony in Sydney.

The movie's producer Angie Fielder acknowledged that the film was partly funded by Harvey Weinstein's company and praised those speaking out against abuse and harassment in the industry.

She added that it was really encouraging to see people in the industry taking a stand.

"So let's keep talking about it. That's how you make real change," Fielder said.

File image of Australian actor Russell Crowe (AAP)
File image of Australian actor Russell Crowe (AAP)
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Russell Crowe presented the Best Film Award but not before making a strange "joke" about sensitivity in the industry.

"I was sodomising Jackie McKenzie on the set of Romper Stomper," he said.

The rest of his story referred to the devices used to cover up their "bits" while filming the scene.

"It wasn't until the opening night of the film and it was pointed out by none other than Jackie McKenzie's beautiful late mother that we were in fact in her mind engaged in sodomy," he said.

"Anyway that was just a story about sensitivity."

Jane Campion's drama Top of the Lake: China Girl took out several awards including Best Television Drama Series.

Director Phillip Noyce was awarded the Longford Lyell Award while Simon Baker was given the Trailblazer Award, thanking his wife Rebecca Rigg for being a "rockin rhythm section" to his frontman.