5th AACTA International Awards Nominees Are In

January 6, 2016
Carol and The Big Short dominate at this year's annual awards.

Pre-empting the Oscars by nearly two weeks, the Australian Academy has just announced its contenders for the 5th ACCTA International Awards.

Following the local ceremony in December in which Mad Max: Fury Road scored for both Best Picture and Director, the International ACCTA Awards, held in Los Angeles will present awards for global achievement in seven categories: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

In past years this aspect of the AACTAs – which is an attempt to put Australia’s awards on the international stage – was presented to coincide with the local event, however, with the move to present the awards in December, it is only now that the international nominees have been announced.

Leading the nominations is Todd Haynes’ acclaimed period drama Carol, with nods for Lead Actress (Cate Blanchett), Best Supporting Actress (Rooney Mara), as well as Best Screenplay, Best Direction and Best Film.

Closely following, with a total of four nominations is The Big Short – the story of four outsiders tackling the big banks in the wake of the mid-2000s housing bubble collapse – including Best Film and Best Direction for Adam McKay.

Australia will be represented primarily through Mad Max, with three nominations including Best Film yet again; while Joel Edgerton has a received a Best Supporting Actor nod for his work in crime drama Black Mass; and Judy Davis features in the Supporting Actress category for The Dressmaker.

If Australian cinema doesn’t exactly dominate proceedings this time around in terms of content, as ACCTA CEO Damian Trewhella points out, the voting process nevertheless reflects a local taste.

“Our Chapter members are almost all Australians,” he said. “They add a uniquely Australian perspective to the conversation.”

 

5TH AACTA INTERNATIONAL AWARDS NOMINEES

AACTA International Award for Best Film

THE BIG SHORT

CAROL

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

THE REVENANT

SPOTLIGHT

 

AACTA International Award for Best Direction

THE BIG SHORT – Adam McKay

CAROL – Todd Haynes

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – George Miller

THE MARTIAN – Ridley Scott

THE REVENANT – Alejandro González Iñárritu

 

AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay

CAROL – Phyllis Nagy

EX MACHINA – Alex Garland

THE MARTIAN – Drew Goddard

SPOTLIGHT – Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer

STEVE JOBS – Aaron Sorkin

 

AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actor

Steve Carell – THE BIG SHORT

Matt Damon – THE MARTIAN

Leonardo DiCaprio – THE REVENANT

Michael Fassbender – STEVE JOBS

Eddie Redmayne – THE DANISH GIRL

 

AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actress

Cate Blanchett – CAROL

Emily Blunt – SICARIO

Brie Larson – ROOM

Saoirse Ronan – BROOKLYN

Charlize Theron – MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

 

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale – THE BIG SHORT

Paul Dano – LOVE AND MERCY

Benicio del Toro – SICARIO

Joel Edgerton – BLACK MASS

Mark Rylance – BRIDGE OF SPIES

 

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress

Judy Davis – THE DRESSMAKER

Jennifer Jason Leigh – THE HATEFUL EIGHT

Rooney Mara – CAROL

Alicia Vikander – THE DANISH GIRL

Kate Winslet – STEVE JOBS

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