There are some very worthy candidates across both the Outstanding and Popular categories and I wish them all well.
But I’m still trying to work out how Elisabeth Moss can win a Golden Globe for Top of the Lake and an Emmy nomination but can’t even score a nomination here. It doesn’t really add up. Wentworth‘s Nicole da Silva won the ASTRA‘s Actress Award two weeks ago but also wasn’t nominated.
It’s unthinkable that Kris McQuade was overlooked in this category. She was sensational in Wentworth.
I would also suggest Hien Nguyen (Better Man), Kate Atkinson (Wentworth), Leah Purcell (Redfern Now), Michelle Vergara Moore (The Time of our Lives) and Robyn Nevin (Upper Middle Bogan) -not even considered for Top of the Lake.
Sheridan Smith won a BAFTA for Mrs. Biggs but was also not on the voting form. Neither was Marie Bunel for An Accidental Soldier.
I find it hard to believe Ernie Dingo was overlooked for Redfern Now. He was amazing. No sign of Wayne Blair either.
Peter Mullan won an ASTRA for Top of the Lake, but missed out here. No nods also for William McInnes (The Time of our Lives), Garry McDonald (Offspring), or Patrick Brammall (Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story, Upper Middle Bogan). Luke Ford also won an AACTA for Power Games.
At the risk of making the ceremony even longer, maybe we need some awards for supporting actors?
Missing out in the TV Presenter category were Andrew Winter (Selling Houses Australia), Daniel Macpherson (Dancing with the Stars), Neil Oliver (Coast Australia), Paul Murray (Paul Murray Live), Sarah Harris (Studio 10), Todd Sampson (Redesign my Brain) and Wil Anderson (Gruen Planet, Gruen Nation). Hard to nominate Shaun Micallef when he wasn’t even submitted.
In the Drama stakes I thought A Place to Call Home was robbed in the Most Popular Drama category, while Winners and Losers was a surprise inclusion -but at least it got a nod in Outstanding Drama (it won’t win there). Wentworth should have also been in Most Popular, clearly suffering from its 30% Foxtel penetration with voters.
Should we be concerned that The Voice and X Factor are Light Entertainment, while The Block gets two entries in Reality and another in Lifestlye? Recount please. That said, X Factor was Xcellent last year.
Grand Designs Australia should have got a nod in Most Popular Lifestyle. River Cottage Australia was also outstanding.
I loved Harrison Feldman as the kid in Upper Middle Bogan, but he missed out on the Newcomer category, now merged from two categories to one. Otherwise the Graham Kennedy Award has some good names in contention.
Two Gruens missed out on two categories. Phooey to that. Where was Mad as Hell? Studio at the Memo on Foxtel was also a nice new entry, but lucked out for Light Entertainment.
Of course, these omissions make me sound like I am whinging. But while I’ve previously joked that it’s a bit of an Aussie tradition to have a love / hate affair with the Logies, I also want to acknowledge its legacy of 56 years of awards.
Nothing else comes close to that.