ASTRA Awards: The winners

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.

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

Favourite Program
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.

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

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

Channel of the Year

ASTRA Nominees

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.

5 Responses

  1. Sure, a bit of kudos the first time around (7 years ago when its twin sister, “The secret life of the Magic School Bus” or whatever, debuted) but when it drags on and on, same thing and same praise, from high profile channel to niche network in the corner, it gets a bit repetitive, don’t you think?

    And with that matter finished, its good to see the King getting most of the awards on the night, now that was a well-done production.

  2. Apparently rewarding legitimately GREAT aussie drama is a bad thing?

    Love My Way is probably one of the only shows I would be proud to put up along side some of the best the US etc have to offer. It deserves all the kudos it gets.

  3. Does that mean everyone can finally get over their hardon for Love My Way? Please, we’ve established that Aussie TV and Film is fine without Claudia Karvan, so let’s move along please? Anybody?

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