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‘La La Land’ Named Top International Film by Australian Academy

Saturday, January 7, 2017

“La La Land” was named the best international film of 2016 at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ International Awards on Friday night in Los Angeles.

“La La Land,” “Lion” and “Manchester by the Sea” each won two awards at the ceremony, while “Hacksaw Ridge” received an award as well.

In addition to winning the best-film award, Damien Chazelle‘s “La La Land” received the award for Best Lead Actress for Emma Stone, who is also nominated for her role at Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. Australian film “Lion” received awards for Best Support Actor for Dev Patel and Best Supporting Actress for Nicole Kidman.

“Manchester by the Sea” writer and director Kenneth Lonergan received the award for Best Screenplay, while Casey Affleck was awarded the Best Lead Actor prize.

Mel Gibson‘s “Hacksaw Ridge” received the award for Best Direction.

“Arrival” had gone into the show with three nominations, while “Fences,” “Hell or High Water,” “Moonlight” and “Loving” had two each.

“From historical biopics and dramas to a tribute to the Golden Age of musical films, it’s wonderful to see such a dynamic mix of international and Australian achievement honored tonight,” said AFI/AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella in a statement. “And we’re delighted to see Australian’s Nicole Kidman and Mel Gibson honored for Australian films ‘Lion’ and ‘Hacksaw Ridge.’”

The 6th AACTA International Awards will be telecast in Australia on Foxtel Arts on Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m. AEDT. The awards are determined by the AACTA International Chapter, made up of 150 Australian screen professionals.

The complete list of winners and nominees.

AACTA International Award for Best Film
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“La La Land” — WINNER
“Manchester by the Sea”

AACTA International Award for Best Direction
“Arrival” – Denis Villeneuve
“Hacksaw Ridge” – Mel GibsonWINNER
“La La Land”  – Damien Chazelle
“Lion” – Garth Davis
“Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan

AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay
“Hacksaw Ridge” – Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan
“Hell or High Water” – Taylor Sheridan
“La La Land” – Damien Chazelle
“Lion” – Luke Davies
“Manchester by the Sea” – Kenneth Lonergan – WINNER

AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actress
Amy Adams – “Arrival”
Isabelle Huppert – “Elle”
Ruth Negga – “Loving”
Natalie Portman – “Jackie”
Emma Stone – “La La Land” – WINNER

AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actor
Casey Affleck – “Manchester by the Sea” – WINNER
Joel Edgerton – “Loving”
Andrew Garfield – “Hacksaw Ridge”
Ryan Gosling – “La La Land”
Denzel Washington – “Fences”

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis – “Fences”
Naomie Harris – “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman – “Lion” – WINNER
Teresa Palmer – “Hacksaw Ridge”
Michelle Williams – “Manchester by the Sea”

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali – “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges – “Hell or High Water”
Lucas Hedges – “Manchester by the Sea”
Dev Patel – “Lion” – WINNER
Michael Shannon – “Nocturnal Animals”

Related stories from TheWrap:

Golden Globes Predictions 2017: ‘La La Land,’ ‘The Crown’ Should Dominate

Art Directors Guild Likes the Look of ‘Jackie,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land’

Oscar Song Race: Watch Out, ‘La La Land’ Has Some Fierce Competition

Source: the wrap feed

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