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David Michôd's 'Animal Kingdom' Dominates The Australian Film Institute Award Nominations

The Playlist By Simon Dang | The Playlist October 27, 2010 at 1:29AM

'Beneath Hill 60' And 'Bright Star' Also In Strong ContentionThe Australian Film Institute has announced their nominations for the 2010 Awards, with David Michôd's crime drama "Animal Kingdom" taking home a record-breaking 18 nominations, at least one for every category which it was eligible for, and Jeremy Hartley Sims' war film "Beneath Hill 60" and Jane Campion's John Keats drama "Bright Star" not too far behind with 12 and 11 nods respectively.
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'Beneath Hill 60' And 'Bright Star' Also In Strong Contention



The Australian Film Institute has announced their nominations for the 2010 Awards, with David Michôd's crime drama "Animal Kingdom" taking home a record-breaking 18 nominations, at least one for every category which it was eligible for, and Jeremy Hartley Sims' war film "Beneath Hill 60" and Jane Campion's John Keats drama "Bright Star" not too far behind with 12 and 11 nods respectively.

Michôd's Sundance starrer scored nominations in the Film, Direction, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound, Original Score, Production Design and Costume Design categories as well as earning acting nods for James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver as leads and Joel Edgerton, Guy Pearce, Sullivan Stapleton and even Laura Wheelwright in support -- pretty much every actor with a major role except Luke Ford's Daz. Interestingly, Weaver was nominated in a leading role whereas the film's U.S. distributors Sony Pictures Classics will likely push her as supporting.

"Beneath Hill 60" and "Bright Star" were also major successes with nods in most of the major categories including nominations for the film's respective leads Brendan Cowell and Abbie Cornish. Other notable nominations include Julie Bertuccelli's Cannes closer "The Tree" for Film and Direction and Charlotte Gainsbourg and Morgana Davies as Lead Actresses; Stuart Beattie's "Tommorrow When The War Began" for Best Film; and Clive Owen in the Lead Actor for his role in Scott Hick's "The Boys Are Back." Nods were also handed to Sam Worthington, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Simon Baker, Ryan Kwanten, Toni Collette, Mia Wasikowska and Naomi Watts in the International Acting categories.

Winners will be announced in a ceremony on December 11th in Melbourne. A full list of nominees is below, courtesy of Encore.

AFI Members’ Choice Award
Animal Kingdom. Liz Watts.
Beneath Hill 60. Bill Leimbach.
Bran Nue Dae. Robyn Kershaw, Graeme Isaac.
Bright Star. Jan Chapman, Caroline Hewitt.
The Boys Are Back. Greg Brenman, Tim White.
Tomorrow When The War Began. Andrew Mason, Michael Boughen.

SAMSUNG Mobile AFI Award for Best Film
Animal Kingdom. Liz Watts.
Beneath Hill 60. Bill Leimbach.
Bran Nue Dae. Robyn Kershaw, Graeme Isaac.
Bright Star. Jan Chapman, Caroline Hewitt.
The Tree. Sue Taylor. Yaël Fogiel.
Tomorrow When The War Began. Andrew Mason, Michael Boughen.

AFI Award for Best Direction
Animal Kingdom. David Michôd.
Beneath Hill 60. Jeremy Hartley Sims.
Bright Star. Jane Campion.
The Tree. Julie Bertuccelli.

Macquarie AFI Award for Best Original Screenplay
Animal Kingdom. David Michôd.
Beneath Hill 60. David Roach.
Bright Star. Jane Campion.
Daybreakers. Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig.

Macquarie AFI Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Bran Nue Dae. Reg Cribb, Rachel Perkins, Jimmy Chi.
The Boys Are Back. Allan Cubitt.
The Tree. Julie Bertuccelli.
Tomorrow When The War Began. Stuart Beattie.

AFI Award for Best Cinematography
Animal Kingdom. Adam Arkapaw.
Beneath Hill 60. Toby Oliver ACS.
Bright Star. Greig Fraser.
The Waiting City. Denson Baker ACS

AFI Award for Best Editing
Animal Kingdom. Luke Doolan.
Beneath Hill 60. Dany Cooper ASE.
Bright Star. Alexandre de Franceschi ASE.
Tomorrow When The War Began. Marcus D’Arcy.

AFI Award for Best Sound
Animal Kingdom. Sam Petty, Rob Mackenzie, Philippe Decrausaz.
Beneath Hill 60. Liam Egan, Alicia Slusarski, Mark Cornish, Tony Murtagh.
Bran Nue Dae. Andrew Neil, Steve Burgess, Peter Mills, Mario Vaccaro, Blaire Slater, David Bridie, Scott Montgomery.
Tomorrow When The War Began. Andrew Plain, David Lee, Gethin Creagh, Robert Sullivan.

AFI Award for Best Original Music Score
Animal Kingdom. Antony Partos, Sam Petty.
Beneath Hill 60. Cezary Skubiszewski.
Bran Nue Dae. Cezary Skubiszewski, Jimmy Chi, Patrick Duttoo Bin Amat, Garry Gower, Michael Manolis Mavromatis, Stephen Pigram.
Bright Star. Mark Bradshaw.

AFI Award for Best Production Design
Animal Kingdom. Jo Ford.
Beneath Hill 60. Clayton Jauncey.
Bright Star. Janet Patterson.
Tomorrow When The War Began. Robert Webb, Michelle McGahey, Damien Drew, Bev Dunn.

AFI Award for Best Costume Design
Animal Kingdom. Cappi Ireland.
Beneath Hill 60. Ian Sparke, Wendy Cork.
Bran Nue Dae. Margot Wilson.
Bright Star. Janet Patterson

AFI Award for Best Lead Actor
Brendan Cowell. Beneath Hill 60.
James Frecheville. Animal Kingdom.
Ben Mendelsohn. Animal Kingdom.
Clive Owen. The Boys Are Back.

AFI Award for Best Lead Actress
Abbie Cornish. Bright Star.
Morgana Davies. The Tree.
Charlotte Gainsbourg. The Tree.
Jacki Weaver. Animal Kingdom.

AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor
Joel Edgerton. Animal Kingdom.
Guy Pearce. Animal Kingdom.
Kodi Smit-McPhee. Matching Jack.
Sullivan Stapleton. Animal Kingdom.

AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress
Julia Blake. The Boys Are Back.
Kerry Fox. Bright Star.
Deborah Mailman. Bran Nue Dae.
Laura Wheelwright. Animal Kingdom.

AFI International Award for Best Actor
Simon Baker. The Mentalist, Season 2. Nine Network
Ryan Kwanten. True Blood, Season 3. Showcase
Kodi Smit-McPhee. The Road
Sam Worthington. Avatar

AFI International Award for Best Actress
Toni Collette. United States of Tara, Season 2. ABC1
Bojana Novakovic. Edge of Darkness
Mia Wasikowska. Alice in Wonderland
Naomi Watts. Mother and Child

AFI Young Actor Award
Ashleigh Cummings. Tomorrow When The War Began
Morgana Davies. The Tree
James Frecheville. Animal Kingdom
Harrison Gilbertson. Beneath Hill 60

AFI Visual Effects Award
Daybreakers. Peter Spierig, Michael Spierig, Rangi Sutton, James Rogers, Randy Vellacott
The Tree. Dave Morley, Felix Crawshaw, Claudia Lecaros, Tim Walker
Tinglewood. Wil Manning
Tomorrow When The War Began. Chris Godfrey, Sigi Eimutis, Dave Morley, Tony Cole

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