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Aussie awards like taste of Crowe

The Film Critics of Australia’s (FCCA) Awards has announced its feature nominees, with The Water Diviner leading the pack with nine nominations.

Nah, mate, Rabbitohs fans go in the other door.

Nah, mate, Rabbitohs fans go in the other door.

Nominations for Crowe’s directorial debut include Best Film, with Director and Actor nods for Crowe himself. Big Screen Symposium presenter Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook and the Spierig Brothers’ Predestination each have eight nominations. Four titles, Charlie’s Country, Felony, The Rover and Tracks have five apiece.

All those nominated for the Best Director award also see their films compete for the Best Film gong.

Even with so many titles picking up multiple nominations, it’s surprising that half of the 24 features eligible for consideration didn’t pick up a single nod. Titles missing out completely included Aaron Wilson’s Aussie-Singapore co-production title Canopy and Greg McLean’s Wolf Creek 2. Less surprisingly, Stuart Beattie’s I, Frankenstein won’t trouble the voters.

The Best Actress category sees only three nominations, which should be a concern for the industry if not the critics. If there were only three performances from 24 films worthy of nomination, one would assume the problem lies with the number of projects offering quality lead roles for actresses.

The FCCA awards will be held 10 March. Documentary award nominees are yet to be announced.

The FCCA feature nominees are:

BEST FILM
The Babadook (Kristina Ceyton, Kristian Moliere)
Charlie’s Country (Rolf De Heer, Peter Djigirr, Nils Erik Nielsen)
Predestination (Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan, Michael Spierig)
Tracks (Iain Canning, Emile Sherman)
The Water Diviner (Troy Lum, Andrew Mason, Keith Rodger)

BEST DIRECTOR
Russell Crowe, The Water Diviner
John Curran, Tracks
Rolf De Heer, Charlie’s Country
Jennifer Kent, The Babadook
Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig, Predestination

BEST ACTRESS
Essie Davis, The Babadook
Sarah Snook, Predestination
Mia Wasikowska, Tracks

BEST ACTOR
Russell Crowe, The Water Diviner
Joel Edgerton, Felony
David Gulpilil, Charlie’s Country
Don Hany, Healing
Guy Pearce, The Rover

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Justine Clarke, Healing
Melissa George, Felony
Erin James, The Little Death
Jacqueline McKenzie, The Water Diviner
Susan Prior, The Rover

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jai Courtney, Felony
Adam Driver, Tracks
Yilmaz Erdođan, The Water Diviner
Robert Pattinson, The Rover
Tom Wilkinson, Felony

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A YOUNG ACTOR
Tilda Cobham-Hervey, 52 Tuesdays
Ashleigh Cummings, Galore
Angourie Rice, These Final Hours
Noah Wiseman, The Babadook

BEST SCREENPLAY
Matthew Cormack, 52 Tuesdays
Rolf de Heer, David Gulpilil, Charlie’s Country
Joel Edgerton, Felony
Jennifer Kent, The Babadook
Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig, Predestination

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Ian Jones, Charlie’s Country
Radek Ladezuk, The Babadook
Andrew Lesnie, The Water Diviner
Ben Nott, Predestination
Mandy Walker, Tracks

BEST MUSIC SCORE
David Hirschfelder, Healing
David Hirschfelder, The Water Diviner
Antony Partos, The Rover
Peter Spierig, Predestination

BEST EDITOR
Bryan Mason, 52 Tuesdays
Simon Njoo, The Babadook
Matt Villa, Predestination
Matt Villa, The Water Diviner

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Jo Ford, The Rover
Alex Holmes, The Babadook
Chris Kennedy, The Water Diviner
Matthew Putland, Predestination

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