Samson and Delilah sweeps AFI awards


The winners of the 2009 Australian Film Institute Awards were announced Saturday night, with favourite Samson and Delilah sweeping the major awards. The acting prizes were shared amongst some of Australia’s favourite actors.

Samson and Delilah won seven awards in total, including Best Film, Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound as well as the AFI Young Actor Award, shared between stars Marissa Gibson and Rowan McNamara.

Balibo picked up four prizes, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Editing as well as Best Actor for Anthony LaPaglia and Best Supporting Actor for Oscar Isaac.

Check out the full list of winners below:

Best Film

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

AFI Member’s Choice Award

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

Best Director

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

Best Actor

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

Best Actress

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

Best Supporting Actor

WINNER: Oscar IsaacBalibo
Brandon WaltersAustralia
Damon GameauBalibo
Bryan BrownBeautiful Kate

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Original Screenplay

WINNER: Warwick ThorntonSamson and Delilah
Serhat CaradeeCedar Boys
Adam ElliotMary and Max
Sarah WattMy Year Without Sex

Best Adapted Screenplay

WINNER: 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 winners here!

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