NIDA congratulates all AACTA award-winners

5 December 2019

NIDA congratulates all AACTA award-winners, particularly alumni Jennifer Kent for making AFI |AACTA history in winning three awards for her outstanding film The Nightingale.

Honouring Australian screen excellence across feature film, television, documentary, short form and online, the winners were announced in Sydney on Wednesday 4 December.

Jennifer Kent (Acting, 1991) made AFI | AACTA history this evening following the three awards received for her outstanding film, The Nightingale. Kent was awarded the AACTA Award for Best Direction, Best Screenplay and Best Film, of which she was a Producer making her the first woman to have received Awards across all three categories, for the same film, in a single year. Although she received the AACTA Awards for Best Direction and Best Screenplay in 2015 for her debut feature THE BABADOOK, this year she is recognised also for her work as a producer on her confronting feature.

The film’s vengeful female lead, Aisling Franciosi, received the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress marking her first AACTA Award nomination and win. Magnolia Maymuru received the AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film.

Richard Roxburgh (Acting, 1986) won Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama for his role in The Hunting.

Fiona Crombie (Design, 1998) with Alice Felton won Best Production Design for The King.

Xanthe Heubel (Design, 2003) won Best Costume Design in Television, for Lambs of God.

More information about the awards is here.

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