Balibo, Samson and Delilah lead AFI nominations


A great year in local cinema has being capped by the announcement of the 2009 Australian Film Institute Award nominees. Let us know in the comments what flicks you tip for victory!

Robert Connelly‘s Balibo, which told the story of the 1975 murder of six Australian journalists killed in East Timor led the pack with 14 nominations. Warwick Thornton‘s Cannes-victor Samson and Delilah followed close behind with 13 nominations. Both will compete for Best Film against Beautiful Kate, Blessed, Mao’s Last Dancer and Mary and Max.

Baz Luhrmann‘s Australia, the most financially successful Australian film of the past year, grabbed seven nominations, but was excluded from most major categories.

Best Film

Beautiful Kate
Mao’s Last Dancer
Mary and Max
Samson and Delilah

AFI Member’s Choice Award

Beautiful Kate
Mao’s Last Dancer
Mary and Max
Samson and Delilah

Best Director

Robert ConnellyBalibo
Rachel WardBeautiful Kate
Bruce BeresfordMao’s Last Dancer
Warwick ThorntonSamson and Delilah

Best Actor

Anthony LaPagliaBalibo
Ben MendelsohnBeautiful Kate
Hugo WeavingLast Ride
Rowan McNamaraSamson and Delilah

Best Actress

Sophie LoweBeautiful Kate
Frances O’ConnorBlessed
Sacha HorlerMy Year Without Sex
Marissa GibsonSamson and Delilah

Best Supporting Actor

Brandon WaltersAustralia
Damon GameauBalibo
Oscar IsaacBalibo
Bryan BrownBeautiful Kate

Best Supporting Actress

Bea ViegasBalibo
Maeve DermodyBeautiful Kate
Rachel GriffithsBeautiful Kate
Mitjili GibsonSamson and Delilah

Best Original Screenplay

Serhat Caradee – Cedar Boys
Adam ElliotMary and Max
Sarah WattMy Year Without Sex
Warwick ThorntonSamson and Delilah

Best Adapted Screenplay

Robert Connolly, David Williamson – Balibo
Rachel WardBeautiful Kate
Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves, Patricia Cornelius, Christos Tsiolkas – Blessed
Jan Sardi – Mao’s Last Dancer

You can see the full list of nominees here!

The AFI Awards will be hosted by Julia Zemiro in Melbourne on December 12th.

Discuss: Your thoughts on the nominations?

3 Responses to “Balibo, Samson and Delilah lead AFI nominations”

  1. OK, opinion time.Firstly, I am ashamed to say that I have not seen Balibo, Beautiful Kate or Blessed (will be rectified soon, promise).HOWEVER, I think Australia has been unfairly excluded from the Best Picture and Best Director categories. I am an unabashed fan of that film, and believe it was not only pretty great, but FAR better than Mao's Last Dancer (which was merely OK). Also, how in the world did Beresford's TV-melodrama-style direction best Baz's truly breathtaking filmmaking.Of course, even if Australia was nominated, I would still hope either Samson and Delilah or Mary and Max win Best Film. They are two of my favourite movies of the year (Australian or otherwise).Anyway, rant over.Oh, and BRANDON WALTERS FOR SUPPORTING ACTOR!

  2. Haven't seen Blessed, Beautiful Kate (and don't really want to) and Mao's last dancer. I loved the other three best film nominations – I think Balibo will probably take it, but would love it if Mary and Max won. Also, where the hell is Disgrace?!Liked didn't love Australia, wouldn't have minded if it got nominated but not devestated by it's omission. And yes, Brendan Walters FTW

  3. I am hoping Samson & Delilah and Blessed do really well.Beautiful Kate is an atrocious film. I will be extremely unhappy to see it win anything at all, let alone to see it win out over Samson & Delilah and Blessed in the bigger categories.

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