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Animal Kingdom Dominates Australian Film Awards

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood October 27, 2010 at 4:09AM

The Australian Film Institute Awards put David Michod's Animal Kingdom at the top of its list with eighteen nominations, including Best Film. In that category the film will compete with Jeremy Sims' Beneath Hill 60, Jane Campion's Bright Star (eleven nominations), Rachel Perkins' Bran Nue Dae, Julie Bertuccelli's The Tree and Stuart Beattie's Tomorrow, When the War Began.
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The Australian Film Institute Awards put David Michod's Animal Kingdom at the top of its list with eighteen nominations, including Best Film. In that category the film will compete with Jeremy Sims' Beneath Hill 60, Jane Campion's Bright Star (eleven nominations), Rachel Perkins' Bran Nue Dae, Julie Bertuccelli's The Tree and Stuart Beattie's Tomorrow, When the War Began.

In addition to Best Film and Member's Choice Award, Animal Kingdom (which grossed just under $1 million at the U.S. box office and scored 96% on the Tomatometer) will compete for Best Director, Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography, Sound, Score, Production Design, Costume Design, Lead Actor (both James Frecheville and Ben Mendelsohn), Lead Actress (Jacki Weaver, who goes against Bright Star's Abbie Cornish), Supporting Actor (both Joel Edgerton and Guy Pearce), and Supporting Actress (Laura Wheelwright).

Stateside, Weaver is considered a strong Oscar contender for best supporting actress.

Complete list of nominees is here.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Genres, Independents, Thriller, Drama, Foreign


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.