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  • Australian Film Awards 2015: Russell Crowe, Rose Byrne and NYFA Australia

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    4th Annual AACTA Awards 2015

    4th AACTA Awards Red Carpet (Image from AACTA Facebook)

    The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards 2015 second star-studded awards event last night announced Russell Crowe directed film The Water Diviner and The Babadook (debut film for director Jennifer Kent) dual winners for ‘Best Film’. CEO Damian Trewhella considering this unusual, but not unprecedented.

    The big names kept coming, with AACTA president Geoffrey Rush awarding Rose Byrne the ‘Inaugural Trailblazer Award’.

    The Babadook , as expected, cleaned-up on the night, taking home three of the total four nominated categories (how they didn’t win an Oscar is beyond us). Other multi-award winner also included:

    • The Code for ’Best Television Drama Series’, ‘Best Direction in Television Drama or Comedy’, Ashley Zukerman for ‘Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama’ and Chelsea Preston Crayford for ‘Best Guest or Supporting Actress in Television Drama’
    • Please Like Me for ‘Best Screenplay in Television’ and Debra Lawrence for ‘Best Performance in Television Comedy’

    This year nominees and winners definitely raised the bar for the Australian film and television industry.

    On the night, a group of film and acting students from our very own New York Film Academy Australia had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with their idols. They walked the red carpet and took part of all the events of the ceremony including meeting with the actors, directors, produces and influential industry professionals. They took advantage of the opportunity to network and collated their own celebrity snapshots.

    NYFA Australia offer a range of industry related hands-on courses including Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Screenwriting and many more. The programs are designed to allow students hands-on and real-life industry experience and this particular event is the perfect example of what the Academy has to offer.

    For further details on New York Film Academy courses throughout the Australian and abroad, contact us.

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  • The Babadook: A Non-Nominee Worth Awarding

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    Image Credit: Matt Nettheim

    The Babadook, a thrilling horror flick and debuting film of Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent, has gained much praise by scary movie fans and the industry alike (the film has won a bunch of awards including “Best First Film” award from New York Film Critics Circle). So when the Oscars chose to ignore its existence, it had many wondering what does it actually takes to be considered as a nominee? Are scary movies out of the running?

    The film sees Essie Davies playing Amelia, a struggling mother, bring-up her son Samuel (impeccably played-by first-time actor Noah Wiseman) and a pop-up book. As Davies fights her psychological demons, the film gets darker, her son gets freakier and the pop-up book gets weirdly more intertwined into the family’s reality.

    Ok, to be fair, the Academy has paid tribute to scary movies in the past including awarding horror films The Exorcist and Silence of the Lambs, but it’s been some time and we think The Babadook should have been one of those films to crack the Oscars this year. Maybe they just expect a little extra from the genre and if so, we see Kent coming back with something freakier and scarier, so much so that the Academy will just simply not be able ignore.

    Check out The Babadook trailer and tell us what you think. Too weird? Should it have been a nominee consideration? Let us know your thoughts.

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    January 22, 2015 • Entertainment Australia, Entertainment News • Views: 4491