Two of Australia’s biggest Hollywood exports, Baz Luhrmann and Chris Hemsworth, walked away with top gongs at this year’s AACTA Awards.
Luhrmann’s Elvis won the coveted Best Picture award, among many others, while Hemsworth received this year’s Trailblazer Award for his contribution to the industry.
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Elvis star Austin Butler won best actor for his portrayal of the king, along with Olivia DeJonge, who took home the award for best supporting actress in the film.
The Australian Academy of Cinema Television Arts held its gala show at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney on Wednesday, following its industry awards ceremony on Monday.
Luhrmann also received the Best Director award, bringing the film’s total number of awards to seven.
Mystery Road: Origin similarly swept in the TV categories, winning Best Drama Series and Best Actor for stars Mark Coles Smith and Tuuli Narkle.
Hemsworth has been recognized for giving back to Australia’s local film industry from his base in the North Coast region of NSW, where he uses his film star status to bring global production to Australia.
The Thor actor described it as a “great honor” to accept the award from AACTA President Russell Crowe.
“I don’t take for granted the opportunities that the Australian screen industry has offered me and am excited and proud for the rest of the world to be discovering how great it is to see world-class films Down Under with our incredible crews and creatives make. ” he said.
“I feel like we’re all just getting started.”
Costume and set designer Catherine Martin, who has won the most Oscars of any Australian for her work on previous Luhrmann films, received the Longford Lyell Award for her worldwide contribution and influence.
The teen drama reboot Heartbreak High proved popular with viewers, winning three Audience Choice Awards including Best TV Show, Best Actor for Bryn Chapman and Best Actress for Chloe Hayden.
The publicly voted categories continued, with TikTok star Kat Clark being named Best Digital Creator and ex-reality star Abbie Chatfield being crowned Australia’s Best TV Personality.
AACTA executive director Damian Trewhella described it as a phenomenal year for the Australian screen.
“These awards recognize the tremendous effort and skill that goes into a production and honor the hard-working creatives and artists who entertain us,” he said.
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