As expected gritty crime drama Animal Kingdom swept the Australian Film Institute awards Saturday night. The movie won best Australian picture and David Michod won best director and best original screenplay. The film also took out most of the acting categories including best actor for Ben Mendelsohn, best actress for Jacki Weaver and best supporting actor for Joel Edgerton. Jacki’s acceptance speech was one of the highlights of the night. She was performing onstage in Sydney in Uncle Vanya and co-star Cate Blanchett presented the award to her backstage.
Meanwhile, Ben Mendelsohn raised eyebrows by groping his girlfriend Bridie O’Leary, who was wearing a rather revealing outfit. Nash Edgerton stayed close to brother Joel, which sparked rumours that he had split from actress Teresa Palmer. Other celebs attending the event included Claudia Karvan, Deborah Mailman, Asher Keddie, Lincoln Lewis, Rhiannon Fish, Willem Dafoe, Yvonne Strahovski and Alex Dimitriades. For a full list of winner click here.
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