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First Aacta Award winners revealed

  • IF.com.au
The first round of Aacta Award winners have been announced today at the 4th Aacta Award Luncheon held at the Star Event Centre in Sydney.

Celebrating screen craft excellence in Australia, 22 awards were presented, recognising the work of screen practitioners working in television, documentary, short fiction film, short animation and feature film.

The Luncheon was hosted by writer/actor/producer/director Adam Zwar, who was also joined throughout the event by a list of distinguished presenters. including Aacta President Geoffrey Rush, David Stratton, Damian Walshe-Howling, Alexandra Schepisi, Charlotte Best and Diana Glenn.

In the feature film category, Predestination took home the most Awards; with Ben Nott Acs taking out the prize for Best Cinematography, Matt Villa Ase winning the award for Best Editing, and Matthew Putland scooping Best Production Design.

Tess Schofield was honoured with the Aacta Award for Best Costume Design for her work on The Water Diviner while
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Russell Crowe-Directed Movie Up for Australian Film Award; Crowe Shortlisted Only in Acting Category

Director Russell Crowe Movie up for Best Film: Australian Academy Awards 2015 nominations (photo: Actor-director Russell Crowe in 'The Water Diviner') Aacta Awards: Feature Film Categories Best Film The Babadook Kristina Ceyton and Kristian Moliere Charlie's Country Nils Erik Nielsen, Peter Djigirr and Rolf de Heer Predestination Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan, Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig The Railway Man Chris Brown, Andy Paterson and Bill Curbishley Tracks Emile Sherman and Iain Canning The Water Diviner Andrew Mason, Keith Rodger and Troy Lum Best Director The Babadook Jennifer Kent Charlie's Country Rolf de Heer Predestination Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig The Rover David Michôd Best Actress Kate Box The Little Death Essie Davis The Babadook Sarah Snook Predestination Mia Wasikowska Tracks Best Actor Russell Crowe The Water Diviner David Gulpilil Charlie's Country Damon Herriman The Little Death Guy Pearce The Rover Best Supporting Actor Patrick Brammall The Little Death Yilmaz Erdogan
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Interview with Will Sheridan: Coming Out in Basketball and Hip Hop

In the sporting world, coming out has long been a rare and delicate procedure, and most players who come out do so only after retiring.

Technically speaking, that’s what basketball player turned hip hop musician Will Sheridan did. He recently came out on Espn a few years after finishing a basketball career at Villanova University.

Sheridan started coming out to his teammates freshman year at his Ncaa Division I school. By the time he graduated he was out to most of them.

Now he’s in another traditionally homophobic field: hip hop music. 365gay sat down with him on June 20, just before he spoke at a panel about being a double minority (Sheridan is African American).

365gay: When did you know that it was time to come out and take that final step out of the closet door?

Will Sheridan: Well, [Espn’s] Dana O’Neil approached me about two
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Interview: Scotty Granger Writes the "(Platinum) Hits"

Scotty Granger

While only three episodes of Bravo’s songwriting competition Platinum Hit have aired, it’s probably safe to say that out contestant Scotty Granger has established himself as the show’s frontrunner. After all, he’s won two of the hook writing challenges and two of the final songwriting challenges, managing to win the approval of the show’s judges Jewel and the very hard to please Kara DioGuardi.

Granger describes his style of songwriting as a cross between R&B and pop, and cites Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Elton John as influences. And which singer would Granger most like to hear croon one of his songs? Celine Dion.

AfterElton.com recently caught up with Granger to discuss the ups and downs of being on a competitive reality show, which Platinum Hit host is Glinda the Good Witch (and which definitely isn’t!), as well as his
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Charles Barkley supports gay athletes: 'As a black person, I can't be in for any form of discrimination'

  • Pop2it
Now, this is refreshing to hear not just for us, but for all the young closeted kids and gay athletes out there who can benefit from former NBA player and Olympian Charles Barkley's pro-gay stance.

"First of all, society discriminates against gay people," Barkley says during a recent radio interview. "They always try to make it like jocks discriminate against gay people. I've been a big proponent of gay marriage for a long time, because as a black person, I can't be in for any form of discrimination at all."

Barkley made the statements after being asked how he felt regarding two basketball figures, Phoenix Suns executive Rick Welts and former Villanova starter Will Sheridan, who recently came out.

Barkley, who was known to be one of the most aggressive players of his day, says that not only does he know he has played with gay teammates before, but
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Morning Meme: Justin Timberlake Goes Gaga, Elizabeth Taylor Honored As amFAR Breaks Records, and "Just Say Takei"

Kate Moulene was the person who suggested Ted Olsen to represent the Prop 8 appeal. She’s written a great piece about How Legalizing Gay Marriage Will Strengthen America. It should be required reading.

Chris Vance is set to star in Cinemax’s television version of The Transporter. Here’s hoping that we get to see a whole lot of this hunky man on the cable network, because it seems to have fallen way behind on original programming beefcake. Of course, I’d be even happier if Jason Statham had reprised the role.

Something shocking has happened with Glee: They’re bringing in another writer. Up to now, every episode has been written by Ryan Murphy, Bad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. But now Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the man who rewrote Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and is rebooting Carrie will be writing one-liners for Heather Morris.

The Rhode Island House has passed civil union legislation,
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AfterElton Briefs: Captain Jack Will Be "Really Gay" in "Torchwood: Miracle Day," Chris Colfer Talks To Piers Morgan, and More!

Happy 63rd Birthday to the incomparable Grace Jones. I'm not sure if she has enough output for most people to make a top five, but here are mine: 5. "Little Drummer Boy (Pee-Wee's Playhouse)," 4. "La Vie En Rose," 3. "I'm Not Perfect (But I'm Perfect For You)," 2. "Demolition Man," 1. "Slave To The Rhythm." spacecast.com has a series of interview clips with John Barrowman discussing Torchwood: Miracle Day. The money quote: "The one thing that I'm exceptionally proud of, and that I know Russell is, we've got a bisexual hero, or an omni-sexual hero, played by an openly gay man. And that may be tooting my own horn a bit, but it's a big first in our industry, and I'm really proud to be part of that. Although people may look at this series and say that he's not really bisexual, he's really gay in this series ... which is not a bad thing either.
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Don Lemon and Will Sheridan Just Made Life a Whole Lot Sweeter For Gay Men of Color

"If you believe in something, if you truly stand for something, you should never be

afraid to put your name on a list."

— My Father

Getting the news that both CNN anchor Don Lemon and Villanova basketball star Will Sheridan came out as gay men – African-American gay men – within twenty-four hours of each other was like watching the New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl or hearing that According To Jim got canceled. My smile simply refused to leave my face.

I was smiling for a number of reasons.

I was smiling because it never hurts to have two more very handsome and intelligent men as part of the community. Not that I'm saying I would stand a chance with either of them, but I'm not saying I wouldn't either. (Wow, that sounded almost like something P!nk would sing).

I was also smiling also because I could not contain
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Former College Basketball Player Will Sheridan Comes Out as Gay

When it rains, it pours!

Yesterday, Phoenix Suns president and CEO Rick Welts came out as gay -- following a number of other athletes who have recently spoken up for Glbt equality, even as other sports professionals have spoken out against it.

Today, former college basketball player Will Sheridan came out as gay in an article on Espn.com. In the article, he talks about how his sexual orientation was widely known among his teammates -- and how he was sometimes bullied by opposing teams.

Sheridan played for Villanova University for four years, a Division One school that was ranked number one in the nation for a time while Sheridan played.

Sheridan is also the latest high-profile African American to come out, following CNN anchor Don Lemon, who also came out this week.

Below, he discusses his coming out with Espn's Bob Ley:

Sheridan, who is also a musical artist,
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