The AACTA Awards don’t muck around when it comes to announcing nominees with the first nominees for the 2015 AACTA Awards being today announced with the Best Documentary, Best Short Animation and Best Short Fiction Films.
The nominees are:
BEST FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
Gayby Baby (directed by Maya Newell) follows the lives of four children growing up with same-sex parents, and approaches issues faced in modern social politics. The film screened recently at the Sydney Film Festival, where it was voted the runner-up for the Audience Award.
Confronting war documentary Only the Dead was also acknowledged at the Sydney Film Festival, taking out the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Australian Documentary. Only the Dead features a compilation of footage recorded by Australian war correspondent Michael Ware throughout his assignment in Iraq, and was co-directed by Ware and Oscar-winner Bill Guttentag.
Sherpa captures the 2014 Everest climbing season tragedy from the Sherpa point of view, and was shot by renowned high-altitude cinematographer Renan Ozturk. Sherpa comprises an AFI and AACTA Awardwinning team with director Jennifer Peedom (Solo), producer Bridget Ikin (Look Both Ways), sound designer Sam Petty (The Rover) and composer Antony Partos (Redfern Now).
Damon Gameau’s That Sugar Film marks an impressive directorial debut, and has become the secondhighest-grossing Australian feature length documentary in local cinemas (excluding IMAX). That Sugar Film explores the effects of a diet comprising only sugary food that is commonly perceived as ‘healthy’, and features guest appearances from Hugh Jackman, Brenton Thwaites, Isabel Lucas, Jessica Marais, Zoe Tuckwell-Smith and British comedian-actor Stephen Fry.
AFI Award winner Gillian Armstrong returns with Women He’s Undressed – capturing the life of Australian costume designer and three-time Oscar winner Orry-Kelly, whose body of work includes Some Like It Hot, Les Girls and An American In Paris. The documentary includes interviews with AACTA Awardwinning costumer designer Catherine Martin and actresses Jane Fonda and Angela Lansbury.
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Ernie Biscuit by Adam Elliot
The Meek by Laura DiMaio & Joe Brumm
The Orchestra by Mikey Hill & Melanie Brunt
The Story of Percival Pilts by John Lewis & Janette Goodey
BEST SHORT FICTION FILM
Flat Daddy by Annie Kinnane & Matt Holcomb
Karroyul by Kelrick Martin, Jaclyn Hewer & Melissa Kelly
Nulla Nulla by Dylan River & Tanith Glynn-Maloney
Reg Makes Contact by Corrie Chen, Jiao Chen & Raquelle David
The Feature Films in competition will be announced in August. Congratulations to the nominees.