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Kidman, Gibson win Aacta International Awards

8 January 2017 4:34 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Nicole Kidman won the Aacta International Award for Best Supporting Actress, while Mel Gibson won Best Direction. (Photo: Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Aacta)

The 6th Aacta International Awards were held in Los Angeles over the weekend, and saw a mixture of both Aussie and international talent honoured.

La La Land was the big winner of the night, taking home Best Film over competitors Manchester by the Sea, Lion, Hacksaw Ridge and Arrival. Emma Stone also won Best Lead Actress for her role in the musical.

Mel Gibson earned Best Direction for Hacksaw Ridge, following on from the nine awards the film received at the domestic Aacta awards in December..

Fellow Aussie film Lion picked up two gongs, with Nicole Kidman awarded Best Supporting Actress, and Dev Patel Best Supporting Actor.

Manchester by the Sea — nominated in six of the seven categories —..also took home two awards, with writer-director Kenneth Lonergan »

- Jackie Keast

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‘La La Land’ Wins Best Film at Australian Academy International Awards

6 January 2017 9:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

La La Land” has dominated the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) International  Awards with trophies for Best Film and Best Lead Actress for Emma Stone.

La La Land” topped “Arrival,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Lion” and “Manchester by the Sea.”

Nominees attending Friday night’s ceremonies at the Avalon Hollywood included Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Luke Hemsworth, Kenneth Lonergan, Harvey Weinstein, Sacha Baron Cohen and Joel Edgerton. Among those taking the stage were host Daniel MacPherson and presenters Isla Fisher, Ruby Rose, Julian McMahon, Alan Dale, Radha Mitchell, Damon Herriman, Luke Bracey and Simon Baker.

Gibson received the award for Best Direction for World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge,” which dominated at Aacta’s domestic Awards in Sydney last month with nine awards, including Best Direction.

Manchester by the Sea” received two Aacta International Awards with Kenneth Lonergan receiving the Award for Best Screenplay, and Casey Affleck »

- Dave McNary

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