Host Russell Crowe and Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) President, Geoffrey Rush, were joined on stage by internationally acclaimed Australian actors including Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman to honour the year’s best achievements in Australian film and television at the 2nd AACTA Awards Ceremony. The event was held at the brand new The Star Event Centre in Sydney, and broadcast on Network Ten.
It was a golden night for The Sapphires, crowning a year already filled with sparkling success. Since premiering in Cannes in May 2012, the toe-tapping musical drama about four Aboriginal girls who formed a singing group in the 1960s has garnered audience awards all over the world and box office triumph at home. Tonight saw The Sapphires take home six AACTA Awards – Best Film (Rosemary Blight, Kylie du Fresne), Best Director (Wayne Blair), Best Lead Actress (Deborah Mailman), Best Lead Actor (Chris O’Dowd), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Mauboy) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Keith Thompson, Tony Briggs) – bringing the film’s tally to a total of 11 AACTA Awards, including the five previously announced at the 2nd AACTA Awards Luncheon, presented by Deluxe, on Monday 28 January.
Hollywood Reporter: The Sapphires Receives 10-minute Standing Ovation
CANNES – The times they may be troubled, but the focus is squarely on sing-it-sisters jubilation in this jewel-bright charmer about four spunky indigenous women whose powerhouse voices catapulted them onto the 60s-era world stage as Australia’s answer to the Supremes.
First-time filmmaker Wayne Blair has crafted a sparkling charmer following the ’60s pop singing group The Sapphires and received a 10-minute standing ovation at Cannes. Blair, an actor and theatre director, has crafted an exuberant celebration of Aboriginality that fizzes with humor and heart; its soulfulness goes beyond the embrace of a jukebox full of Motown, Stax and Atlantic Records hits.
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