>Animal Kingdom sweeps 2010 AFI awards

>The winners of the 2010 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards were announced at two ceremonies over the weekend. Animal Kingdom swept the field, taking home 10 AFIs from its record-breaking 18 nominations.

The winners are as follows…

Best Feature Film

Winner: Animal Kingdom
Beneath Hill 60
Bran Nue Dae
Bright Star
The Tree
Tomorrow When The War Began

Best Director

Winner: David MichôdAnimal Kingdom
Julie BertuccelliThe Tree
Jane CampionBright Star
Jeremy SimsBeneath Hill 60

Best Actor

Winner: Ben MendelsohnAnimal Kingdom
Brendan CowellBeneath Hill 60
James FrechevilleAnimal Kingdom
Clive OwenThe Boys Are Back

Best Actress

Winner: Jacki WeaverAnimal Kingdom
Abbie CornishBright Star
Morgana DaviesThe Tree
Charlotte GainsbourgThe Tree

Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Joel EdgertonAnimal Kingdom
Guy PearceAnimal Kingdom
Kodi Smit-McPhee – Matching Jack
Sullivan StapletonAnimal Kingdom

Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Deborah MailmanBran Nue Dae
Julia BlakeThe Boys Are Back
Kerry Fox
Bright Star
Laura WheelwrightAnimal Kingdom

Members Choice Award

Winner: Animal Kingdom
Beneath Hill 60
Bran Nue Dae
Bright Star
The Boys Are Back
Tomorrow When The War Began

Best Original Screenplay

Winner: Animal Kingdom
Beneath Hill 60
Bright Star

Best Adapted Screenplay

Tomorrow When The War Began
Bran Nue Dae
The Boys Are Back
The Tree

Best Documentary

Winner: Contact
Inside the Firestorm
Strange Birds in Paradise
The Snowman

Best Young Actor

Winner: Harrison Gilbertson Beneath Hill 60
Ashleigh CummingsTomorrow When The War Began
Morgana DaviesThe Tree
James FrechevilleAnimal Kingdom

International Best Actor

Winner: Sam WorthingtonAvatar
Simon BakerThe Mentalist
Ryan KwantenTrue Blood
Kodi Smit-McPheeThe Road

International Best Actress

Winner: Mia WasikowskaAlice in Wonderland
Toni Collette – The United States of Tara
Bojana NovakovicEdge of Darkness
Naomi WattsMother and Child

Check out the rest of the winners (including those in the Television and Technical categories) over at the official AFI Website.

Discuss: What are your thoughts on this year’s batch of victors? I personally thought Animal Kingdom’s Frecheville was unfairly shut out. Also, how in the world did Tomorrow When The War Began beat The Tree in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay?! Otherwise, congratulations to Animal Kingdom on its ten much-deserved victories. Now, where’s that after party…

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