The British star won the Moa - New Zealand's equivalent of an Oscar - for his role in Mr Pip.
In the film, Laurie plays teacher Tom Watts, who reads Charles Dickens to children on a struggling Pacific island.
His child co-star Xzannjah won the award for Best Actress, while the film itself also won two prizes.
The Andrew Adamson-directed movie was released in Australia and New Zealand in October, but has not yet arrived at cinemas elsewhere.
Rites of passage movie Shopping was the biggest winner of the night, taking six awards.
Top of the Lake - written by New Zealand scribe Jane Campion - was named Best Television Feature.
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