ABC titles including The Code, Please Like Me, Utopia, Janet King and Carlotta have been honoured in this year’s awards.
Nine also won with Hamish & Andy and The Voice while Foxtel’s Devil’s Playground drama was also recognised.
TV Winners in bold
Lead Actress in a Television Drama
Danielle Cormack, Wentworth
Ashleigh Cummings, Puberty Blues
Marta Dusseldorp, Janet King
Kat Stewart, Offspring
“I have to share this with the cast it was the most amazing ensemble… so I’d like to thank you,” Marta Dusseldorp said.
“The juggernauts ABC and Screentime thank you so much. Your commitment to Australian drama is phenomenal.”
Lead Actor in a Television Drama
Luke Arnold, INXS – Never Tear Us Apart
Richard Roxburgh, Rake
Dan Spielman, The Code
Ashley Zukerman, The Code
“I don’t really understand this award unless it’s shared with the people I got to work with on this,” Zukerman said.
(Zukerman’s speech was edited by TEN)
Best Miniseries / Telefeature
INXS: Never Tear Us Apart
Secrets and Lies
“Fred (Schepisi) thank you for letting me run with this audacious idea of returning to (this) character,” said Simon Burke.
“Foxtel was the only place that could be so daring to make this, so thank you.”
AACTA Longford Lyell Award to writer / producer Andrew Knight. Very well deserved for a body of work including Fast Forward, SeaChange, Tripping Over, Jack Irish, Rake, The Broken Shore, The Water Diviner.
“This almost makes up for the Australia Day knighthood I was expecting,” he said. “And finally…”
Another speech heavily edited by TEN.
“Thank you so much for this award, it’s very dear to my heart. I’m so proud to be Australian,” she said.
Best Light Entertainment
Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year South America,
Paddock to Plate,
“Andy and I just go on holidays and pass it off as a television show,” said Hamish Blake.
“Thanks to Channel Nine, that will probably get edited out. David Gyngell, Michael Healy…!”
Best Screenplay in Television
Please Like Me
“I want to thank my parents because they made me and get me alive,” said Josh Thomas.
“All the while creating enough damage that I could grow up to be an ok writer.”
(Josh Thomas won for the episode which I noted would win awards!)
Best Drama series
“Shelley Birse wrote the most amazing script. I want to thank the ABC. Brendan Dahill from the very start said ‘Why don’t we make political thrillers?’
Awards not aired:
It’s a Date
Please Like Me
Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell
The Voice Australia ,
The Voice Kids,
The X Factor
Best Performance in a Comedy
Patrick Brammall, The Moodys
Debra Lawrance, Please Like Me
Celia Pacquola, Utopia
Josh Thomas, Please Like Me
Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Drama
Eamon Farren, Carlotta (ABC)
Andrew McFarlane, Devil’s Playground –
Andy Ryan, INXS – Never Tear Us Apart – Part 1
Dan Wyllie, Rake Series
Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Drama
Charlotte Best, Puberty Blues
Piper Morrissey, Secrets & Lies
Chelsie Preston Crayford, The Code
Denise Roberts, Schapelle
Craft awards handed out earlier this week were awarded to:
Best Children’s Television Series
The Flamin’ Thongs ABC3.
Best Direction in a Television Light Entertainment or Reality Series went to
Beck Cole and Craig Anderson, Black Comedy episode 3. ABC
Best Cinematography in Television
Martin McGrath ACS, The Broken Shore. ABC.
Best Editing in Television
Deborah Peart ASE, The Code episode 1. ABC.
BestOriginal Music Score in Television
Roger Mason The Code episode 1. ABC.
Best Sound in Television
Tom Heuzenroeder, Des Kenneally, Belinda Trimboli and Pete Best ANZAC Girls, episode 6, ABC.
Best Production Design in Television
Murray Picknett Carlotta, ABC.
Best Costume Design in Television
Jenny Miles Carlotta, ABC.
Best Documentary Television Program