The ASTRA Awards have been held tonight in Sydney with wins for Antonia Kidman, Jimmy Barnes, Claudia Karvan, Stephen Curry, The King, Australia’s Next Top Model, High School Musical 2, The Riches and Stuart McGill Uncorked.
Kidman, the host of From Here to Maternity, took out the favourite female personality at the ASTRA Awards for the second year running.
The awards are considered to be the pay TV equivalent of the Logies.
Kidman beat personalities such as Maggie Tabberer, Australia’s Next Top Model judge Charlotte Dawson and Sky News presenter Helen Dalley for the award.
Two other top gongs went to two celebrities better known outside the TV arena.
Legendary rocker Jimmy Barnes took out the favourite male personality for his performance at the Max Sessions, while veteran cricketer Stuart MacGill beat Kidman for most outstanding lifestyle program for his wine program Stuart MacGill Uncorked.
The three were among celebrities to walk the “black” carpet, along with A-listers Sarah Murdoch, Deborra-Lee Furness, celebrity chef Bill Grainger, Ita Buttrose and radio duo Merrick and Rosso.
The King, a telemovie about the life of Graham Kennedy, was one of the night’s big winners. Actor Stephen Curry, who played Kennedy, took out the most outstanding performance by an actor (male), while the telemovie also picked up most outstanding drama.
Love My Way lead Claudia Karvan took home the most outstanding performance by an actor (female), while the popular reality show Australia’s Next Top Model took out the favourite program award for the second consecutive year. High School Musical 2 was voted favourite international.
Pay TV station Fox8 was inducted into the hall of fame when it was named channel of the year.
Fox8, Sky News, Nickelodeon and TV1 picked up the most awards.
Brian McFadden and the boys from Billy Elliott the Musical joined local acts Lior, The Potbelleez, The McClymonts in performing for guests.
Barnes and his daughter Mahalia also took to the stage with a duet.
Now in its sixth year, the ASTRA Awards honour excellence in pay TV and include categories for marketing, performing, programming and production.
They included two types of award – the “favourite”, voted on by viewers, and “most outstanding”, decided by a panel of industry professionals.
FULL WINNERS LIST
Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Male
Stephen Curry – TV1 (The King)
Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female
Claudia Karvan – Showtime (Love My Way)
Most Outstanding Performance by a Presenter
David Speers – Sky News (Agenda)
Most Outstanding Performance by a Broadcast Journalist
Kieran Gilbert – Sky News
Australia’s Next Top Model – FOX8
Favourite International Program
High School Musical 2 – Disney Channel
Favourite International Personality or Actor
Gordon Ramsay – LifeStyle FOOD (Hell’s Kitchen)
Favourite Male Personality
Jimmy Barnes – MAX
Favourite Female Personality
Antonia Kidman – W.
PROGRAMMING & PRODUCTION
Most Outstanding International Program or Event
The Riches – Showcase
Most Outstanding Event
Nickelodeon’s Australian Kids’ Choice Awards 2007 – Nickelodeon
Most Outstanding Short Form Program
Snoop – MTV
Most Outstanding Children’s Program
Camp Orange: The Mystery Of Spaghetti Creek – Nickelodeon
Most Outstanding Music Program or Coverage
MAX Sessions: Powderfinger, Concert for the Cure – MAX
Most Outstanding Sports Program
On the Couch – FOX Sports 1
Most Outstanding Sports Coverage
Wallabies – FOX Sports 2
Most Outstanding Documentary
Thanks For Listening – The History Channel
Most Outstanding News Program or Coverage
APEC 2007 – Sky News
Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program
Stuart MacGill Uncorked – LifeStyle FOOD
Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program
The Singing Office – FOX8
Most Outstanding Drama
The King – TV1
Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign – Subscription Sales
‘Unexpectedly’ Campaign – FOXTEL
Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign – Subscriber Retention
The King – TV1
Most Outstanding Use of Subscription TV Medium for a Consumer Advertising Campaign
Hasbro Transformers Script Writing Competition – Cartoon Network
PROGRAM & CHANNEL PROMOTION
Most Creative On-Air Program Promotion
Bulpitt Day Australia Day – FOX Classics
Most Creative Off-Air Program Promotion
The Home of SpongeBob – Nickelodeon
Most Outstanding Program Promotion Campaign
The King – TV1
Most Outstanding Channel Image Spot
The Building Blocks of Life – The LifeStyle Channel
Most Outstanding Use of Technology (for a consumer application)
ClickHeadSpace – Nickelodeon
Most Outstanding Use of Interactive Television (for a consumer application)
Barclays Premier League: Viewers Choice – FOX Sports 1
HALL OF FAME
Channel of the Year
The complete broadcast of the 6th Annual ASTRA Awards will be available On Demand for Foxtel IQ subscribers from Thursday, April 24. Highlights of the Awards will be shown on various channels from Tuesday, April 22.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald.