Tom Gleeson has snatched the Gold Logie award in a night bathed in glory for ABC.
“I thought it was Costa’s night to be honest.,”he said.
“I’m in a tricky spot. Because I love it and I hate it.”
But it wouldn’t be a Logies event without some controversy.
In a stunning and frank speech in he derided the award and shocked the room of a “dying industry.”
“Just because all of you want it and I’ve got it, don’t get angry with me. It’s alright, you’ll all survive. It’s a shame this is the last Gold Logie that’s ever going to be handed out — according to Grant Denyer, I’ve ruined the Logies. But at least I won this all by myself,” he said.
“There’s been a lot of concern that I’m turning this award into a joke. This award has done a lot of great things for a lot of different people. In the past it has represented trying to get more diversity on the screen or launching charities and that’s fantastic. But for me it represents a joke, but I love jokes. I really enjoy them. I really think we should all lighten the f*** up.
“The aim of my campaign was just to have fun with the whole thing. Because it all doesn’t really matter. It really doesn’t matter. We can have fun and just be entertaining. People get concerned about people campaigning for the award. Is that legitimate? Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t know. But it is social media. It is just media. I’m just trying to be entertaining through the media. Do you know what would have been weirder? If I campaigned for this award sincerely. That would have been worse. Imagine me just sincerely saying I was humbled by the award. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself. It would make me want to vomit.
“I’m taking it as a win for comedy because comedy to me is really important.”
His is the first Gold Logie for the public broadcaster in 4 decades.
ABC upstaged its commercial rivals in a night of multiple wins.
10, Foxtel, Stan and SBS were also winners.
But the biggest TV networks had a stinker of a night.
Neither Nine nor Seven won a trophy in their own right (Deborah Mailman’s win as Most Popular Actress was for Mystery Road /Bite Club).
It must be a first for both networks.
This post updates.