Sydney’s The Star is preparing to host the annual 3rd AACTA Awards this Thursday, celebrating the best of Australian film and television in 2013. As an Australian alternative during awards season, with the Academy Awards coming up in three weeks, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award 2014 is already being named the must watch event of the year, with star power being at an all time high.
Comedian Shane Bourne, most remembered for pioneering Thank God You’re Here, will be hosting the awards on January 30, which will also be televised on Network Ten two hours after the ceremony begins. With some of the top Australian stars to be at the event, the night is sure to be the Australian equivalent of the Academy Awards.
All eyes will be on the awards as The Great Gatsby leads with 14 nominations and competes against The Rocket, Dead Europe, Mystery Road, Satellite Boy and The Turning for Best Film. Television’s The Lake is also nominated for 10 awards on the night, while the popular Offspring, Redfern Now, Serangoon Road and Wentworth will battle it out for Best Drama Series. Documentaries Desert War and I’m A Girl both earned four nominations in their factual film categories.
Confirmed guests include Baz Luhrmann, Bindi Irwin, Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Ita Buttrose, Jacki Weaver, Lara Bingle, Rachel Ward, Rove McManus and Sam Worthington, who are all to present as well as appear on the red carpet. With this many Australia celebrities all in one room and a celebration of one of Australia’s leading year of film and television, the 3rd AACTA Awards is not to be missed!
Originally published on CelebrityOZ, January 29, 2014.