Protesters storm AACTAs red carpet

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The red carpet for Australia's TV and film awards, the AACTAs, has kicked off with a dramatic protest.

Protesters have stormed the red carpet at the 6th AACTA Awards in Sydney dressed as sausages chanting "end the sausage party".

The group appeared to be protesting the gender inequality in the film and TV industry.

Before the protesters, the only star to give paws to the waiting media was a cattle dog by the name of Phoenix as he walked the red carpet at the national film and TV awards.

The star of upcoming film Red Dog: True Blue, the follow-up to the popular 2011 film, was happy to be early for the annual awards ceremony on Wednesday.

Following close behind, Jessica Mauboy arrived as she prepared to perform at the event.

Mel Gibson's directorial return, Hacksaw Ridge, is expected to sweep the event with a total of 13 nominations and four industry awards, including best cinematography and best editing, already in the bag.

The actor/director who is up for Best Direction, is expected to attend the ceremony alongside fellow Hollywood stars Isla Fisher and Paul Hogan. The Crocodile Dundee star has already been named as the recipient of the highest Australian screen honour the Longford Lyell Award, which he will accept at the ceremony.

Comedy actress Fisher will be there to receive the AACTA Trailblazer Award, given to an Australian screen star who inspires others with their portfolio of work.

Fisher will be joined by husband Sacha Baron Cohen with Rose Byrne, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Caton, Shane Jacobson and director George Miller just some of the other stars expected to attend. British legendary group Culture Club will perform alongside Paul Kelly, Mauboy and Dami Im.

* The AACTA Awards will be televised on the Seven Network at 8.30pm (AEDT) on Wednesday.

Source AAP

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