Cinema Australia’s AACTAs wrap

Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby received a staggering 13 nomination.

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby received a staggering 13 nomination.

“What flaws us is that Mystery Road wasn’t nominated for the one category it actually deserves to win – Best Cinematography.”

Nominations for the 2014 AACTA Awards were announced today (3 December, 2013) with little to no surprises in the Feature Film categories.

As expected American flick The Great Gatsby – which received average reviews upon its worldwide release – was nominated in 13 of the 14 Feature Film categories.

Gatsby’s AACTA nominations go on as long as the film’s running time so we won’t name them all. Infact, it’ll be quicker to tell you it wasn’t nominated for Best Original Screenplay, the only nod it’s ineligible to receive.

Another strange nomination for best film is Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road. Wouldn’t it have been better to limit the list to just five nominations than to include a film that lacks even the most basic fundamentals of film making. It’s got a guy who can barely act – director Sen told Cinema Australia he wanted Pedersen to act with his eyes (nice excuse – Ed) – and a story line with more holes in its plot than a piece of swiss cheese.

What flaws us is that Mystery Road wasn’t nominated for the one category it actually deserves to win – Best Cinematography.

Sen’s camera work is a masterclass and is further proof this country produces some of the finest cinematographers in the world.

Keeping the list credible is the seven nominations The Turning collected, the most worthy one being Rose Byrne for Best Lead Actress. It was some of the year’s finest acting on an international scale. The Turning’s director/producer Robert Connolly told Cinema Australia Byrne flew to Australia as soon as she read the script, a flight that hopefully pays itself off with an AACTA win.

Check out the complete list of Feature Film nominees below including our predictions versus who we want to win.

BEST FILM
Dead Europe
The Great Gatsby
Mystery Road
The Rocket
Satellite Boy
The Turning
WHAT WE WANT TO WIN The Turning WHAT WILL WIN The Great Gatsby

BEST DIRECTION
Baz Luhrmann – The Great Gatsby
Mystery Road – Ivan Sen
The Rocket – Kim Mordaunt
The Turning – The Turning Ensemble
WHAT WE WANT TO WIN Kim Mordaunt WHO WILL WIN Baz Lurmann

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
100 Bloody Acres – Colin & Cameron Cairnes
Drift – Morgan O’Neill and Tim Duffy
Mystery Road – Ivan Sen
The Rocket – Kim Mordaunt
WHO WE WANT TO WIN Kim Mordaunt WHO WILL WIN Kim Mordaunt

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Adoration – Christopher Hampton
Dead Europe –  Louise Fox
The Great Gatsby – Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce
The Turning – The Turning Ensemble
WHO WE WANT TO WIN Christopher Hampton WHO WILL WIN Christopher Hampton

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Drift – Geoffrey Hall ACS, Rick Rifici and Rick Jakovich
Goddess –  Damian E. Wyvill ACS
The Great Gatsby – Simon Duggan ACS
The Rocket – Andrew Commis ACS
WHO WE WANT TO WIN Geoffrey Hall ACS, Rick Rifici and Rick Jakovich WHO WILL WIN Simon Duggan

BEST EDITING
THE GREAT GATSBY – Matt Villa ASE, Jason Ballantine ASE and Jonathan Redmond
MYSTERY ROAD – Ivan Sen
THE ROCKET – Nick Meyers ASE
THE TURNING – The Turning Ensemble
WHO WE WANT TO WIN Nick Meyers ASE WHO WILL WIN Nick Meyers ASE

BEST SOUND
THE GREAT GATSBY – Wayne Pashley MPSE, Jenny Ward MPSE, Fabian Sanjurjo, Steve Maslow, Phil Heywood and Guntis Sics
MYSTERY ROAD – Lawrence Horne, Nick Emond, Joe Huang, Phil Judd, Les Fiddess and Greg Fitzgerald
THE ROCKET – Sam Petty, Brooke Trezise, Nick Emond, Sam Hayward and Yulia Akerholt
SATELLITE BOY – Phil Judd, Liam Egan, Nick Emond, Glenn Butler, Les Fiddess and Jennifer Sochackyj
WHO WE WANT TO WIN Phil Judd, Liam Egan, Nick Emond, Glenn Butler, Les Fiddess and Jennifer Sochackyj WHO WILL WIN Wayne Pashley MPSE, Jenny Ward MPSE, Fabian Sanjurjo, Steve Maslow, Phil Heywood and Guntis Sics

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
DEAD EUROPE Jed Kurzel
DRIFT Michael Yezerski
THE GREAT GATSBY Craig Armstrong
THE ROCKET Caitlin Yeo
WHO WE WANT TO WIN Craig Armstrong WHO WILL WIN Craig Armstrong

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
ADORATION Annie Beauchamp
GODDESS Annie Beauchamp
THE GREAT GATSBY Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy, Ian Gracie and Beverley Dunn
THE ROCKET Pete Baxter
WHO WE WANT TO WIN Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy, Ian Gracie and Beverley Dunn WHO WILL WIN Catherine Martin, Karen Murphy, Ian Gracie and Beverley Dunn

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
ADORATION Joanna Mae Park
GODDESS Shareen Beringer
THE GREAT GATSBY Catherine Martin, Silvana Azzi Heras, Kerry Thompson
THE ROCKET Woranun Pueakpun, Sylvia Wilczynski
WHO WE WANT TO WIN Catherine Martin, Silvana Azzi Heras, Kerry Thompson WHO WILL WIN Catherine Martin, Silvana Azzi Heras, Kerry Thompson

FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR
Leonardo DiCaprio THE GREAT GATSBY
Sitthiphon Disamoe THE ROCKET
Ewen Leslie DEAD EUROPE
Hugo Weaving THE TURNING
WHO WE WANT TO WIN Hugo Weaving WHO WILL WIN Hugo Weaving

BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Rose Byrne THE TURNING
Carey Mulligan THE GREAT GATSBY
Tasma Walton MYSTERY ROAD
Naomi Watts ADORATION
WHO WE WANT TO WIN Rose Byrne WHO WILL WIN Rose Byrne

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Marton Csokas DEAD EUROPE
Joel Edgerton THE GREAT GATSBY
Thep Phongam THE ROCKET
Angus Sampson 100 BLOODY ACRES
WHO WE WANT TO WIN Joel Edgerton WHO WILL WIN Joel Edgerton

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Elizabeth Debicki THE GREAT GATSBY
Isla Fisher THE GREAT GATSBY
Mirrah Foulkes THE TURNING
Alice Keohavong THE ROCKET
WHO WE WANT TO WIN Mirrah Foulkes WHO WILL WIN Mirrah Foulkes

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