It was a night that saw The Sapphires shine after a year of critical and commercial success. The Australian musical drama that wowed the world at Cannes in 2012 scooped six AACTA Awards last night, including honours for director Wayne Blair, stars Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy and Chris O’Dowd, and the ceremony’s biggest award for best film. It means The Sapphires won 11 awards in total when combined with their wins at the AACTA Awards Luncheon on Monday. In the TV categories, beloved series Puberty Blues beat Redfern Now for best television drama series, and Howzat! Kerry Packer's War took out the best telefeatures or mini series category.
Other big winners included Rake leading actor Richard Roxburgh, Redfern Now’s Leah Purcell, The Amazing Race Australia for the inaugural best reality television series category, and original screenplay and best supporting actor honours for Wish You Were Here.
See the full list of winners after the break.
BYRON KENNEDY AWARD
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ACTOR
Sarah Rosendahl, Lore
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEFEATURE OR MINI SERIES
Howzat! Kerry Packer's War
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN TELEVISION
Jeffrey Walker, Jack Irish: Bad Debts
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN TELEVISION
Steven McGregor, Redfern Now — Episode 6 "Pretty Boy Blue"
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Richard Roxburgh, Rake
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Leah Purcell, Redfern Now
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Aaron Jeffrey, Underbelly: Badness — Episode 3 "The Loaded Dog"
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Mandy McElhinney, Howzat! Kerry Packer's War — Part 2
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST REALITY TELEVISION SERIES
The Amazing Race Australia
NEWS.COM.AU AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD FOR MOST MEMORABLE SCREEN MOMENT
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Kieran Darcy-Smith and Felicity Price, Wish You Were Here
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Keith Thompson and Tony Briggs, The Sapphires
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR
Chris O’Dowd, The Sapphires
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Deborah Mailman, The Sapphires
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Antony Starr, Wish You Were Here
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessica Mauboy, The Sapphires