First-time director Sarah Watt won the top honors at Saturday night's Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards, taking home both the Best Direction and Best Film prizes for Look Both Ways.
Watt also picked up the Best Original Screenplay award for the low-budget movie, her first feature-length production, at the Melbourne ceremony.
Elsewhere, the Best Lead Actor and Best Lead Actress honors went to Little Fish co-stars Hugo Weaving and Cate Blanchett, respectively.
Russell Crowe, who hosted the event, picked up the International Award for Best Actor for his performance in Cinderella Man, while Emily Browning took home the International Award for Best Actress for Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Rockers Nick Cave and Warren Ellis won Best Original Music Score for The Proposition.
The winners at the 2005 AFI Awards included:
Best Film--Look Both Ways
Best Lead Actor--Hugo Weaving for Little Fish
Best Lead Actress--Cate Blanchett for Little Fish
Best Direction--Sarah Watt for Look Both Ways
Best Original Screenplay--Sarah Watt for Look Both Ways
Best Adapted Screenplay--Robert Connolly, Elliot Perlman for Three Dollars
Best Supporting Actress--Noni Hazlehurst for Little Fish
Best Supporting Actor--Anthony Hayes for Look Both Ways
Best Editing--Alexandre De Franceschi, John Scott for Little Fish
Best Original Music Score--Nick Cave, Warren Ellis for The Proposition
Best Production Design--Chris Kennedy for The Proposition
Best Costume Design--Margot Wilson for The Proposition
Best Sound--Sam Petty, Peter Grace, Robert Sullivan, Yulia Akerholt for Little Fish
Best Cinematography--Benoit Delhomme for The Proposition
International Award for Best Actor--Russell Crowe for Cinderella Man
International Award for Best Actress--Emily Browning for Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
International Award for Excellence in Filmmaking--Roger Savage for House of Flying Daggers
Byron Kennedy Award--Chris Kennedy
Longford Life Achievement Award--Ray Barrett
Readers' Choice Award--Cate Blanchett
Young Actor Award--Sophie Luck for Blue Water High
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With six nominations each, Alexander Payne's wine-soaked Sideways and Joshua Marston's intense drug drama Maria Full of Grace lead the 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards nominations, announced Tuesday. Both films were nominated for, among other categories, best feature, best director best male lead (Sideways' Paul Giamatti) and best female lead (Grace's Catalina Sandino Moreno). Actors Dennis Quaid and Selma Blair served as presenters at the event.
Others nominated for best feature were Mario Van Peebles' Baadasssss!; Kinsey, starring Liam Neeson as famed sex researcher Alfred Kinsey; and Shane Carruth's Primer, this year's Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner.
Dawn Hudson, executive director of IFP/Los Angeles, the largest non-profit membership organization for independent filmmakers, said in a statement, "Over the last 20 years, the Spirit Awards have consistently celebrated the most talented artists--known and unknown--working in independent film. We've honored many filmmakers and artists at the beginning of their careers, and this year is no different."
The winners will be announced at the IFP Independent Spirit Awards ceremony on Feb. 26, 2005 and will air live on the cable network IFC at 5 p.m. EST, as well as be rebroadcast that night on Bravo at 10 p.m. EST.
The complete list of nominations:
Maria Full of Grace
Shane Carruth, Primer
Joshua Marston, Maria Full of Grace
Alexander Payne, Sideways
Walter Salles, The Motorcycle Diaries
Mario Van Peebles, Baadasssss!
The Door in the Floor
BEST FIRST FEATURE
Brother to Brother
Saints and Soldiers
BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Brother to Brother
Maria Full of Grace
JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Down to the Bone
On the Outs
BEST DEBUT PERFORMANCE
Anthony Mackie, Brother to Brother
Louie Olivos, Jr., Robbing Peter
Hannah Pilkes, The Woodsman
Rodrigo de la Serna, The Motorcycle Diaries
David Sullivan, Primer
BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE
Cate Blanchett, Coffee and Cigarettes
Loretta Devine, Woman Thou Art Loosed
Virginia Madsen, Sideways
Robin Simmons, Robbing Peter
Yenny Paola Vega, Maria Full of Grace
BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Thomas Haden Church, Sideways
Jon Gries, Napoleon Dynamite
Aidan Quinn, Cavedweller
Roger Robinson, Brother to Brother
Peter Sarsgaard, Kinsey
BEST FEMALE LEAD
Kimberly Elise, Woman Thou Art Loosed
Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone
Judy Marte, On the Outs
Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace
Kyra Sedgwick, Cavedweller
BEST MALE LEAD
Kevin Bacon, The Woodsman
Jeff Bridges, The Door in the Floor
Jamie Foxx, Redemption
Paul Giamatti, Sideways
Liam Neeson, Kinsey
The Motorcycle Diaries
Saints and Soldiers
We Don't Live Here Anymore
BEST FOREIGN FILM
Bad Education, Spain
Oasis, South Korea
Red Lights, France
The Sea Inside, Spain
Yesterday, South Africa
Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed
Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
Ensemble cast of Mean Creek: Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz, Trevor Morgan, Josh Peck and Carly Schroeder
Wallace busted in dustup
Veteran 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace, 86, was handcuffed and driven to a police station in New York Tuesday after arguing with city inspectors over where his driver had parked, The Associated Press reports. The dispute began as Wallace was leaving a Manhattan restaurant and saw two inspectors questioning his driver, whom they said was double-parked. The Taxi and Limousine Commission told WCBS-TV that Wallace became "overly assertive and disrespectful" and interfered with the inspectors. At one point, Wallace even lunged at one of the inspectors, according to the commission. The other inspector then detained Wallace and drove him to a police station, where he was issued a summons for disorderly conduct, AP reports. He was later released.
Vanessa Williams, Rick Fox divorce
Former Laker Rick Fox has filed for divorce from actress Vanessa Williams, Reuters reports. The couple has been married for five years and have a 4-year-old daughter named Sasha, Fox spokeswoman Staci Wolfe said. "They are both extremely devoted parents, so the most important thing to them right now is the welfare of their child," Wolfe said. "They are committed to working out what's best for her." Williams, 41, also has three children from her previous union with Ramon Hervey. The former Miss America had no comment about the split, her spokesman said.
Andre 3000 voted world's best-dressed
According to Esquire magazine, Outkast's Andre 3000 is the world's best-dressed man. "He's a complete individual," Nick Sullivan, Esquire's fashion director, told AP. "That's really the point." Other best-dressed men include Today co-anchor Matt Lauer, Prince Felipe of Spain, Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai and San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom. The list, which for the first time includes an international faction, was compiled by a panel of fashion experts and Esquire editors.
Zeta-Jones stalker tested by psychiatrist
A Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday that the woman accused of sending death threats to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is to be examined by a psychiatrist to determine whether she is fit to stand trial, Reuters reports. Criminal proceedings were suspended in July after Dawnette Knight, 32, took a barbiturate overdose in her jail cell and her lawyer accused Zeta-Jones of driving Knight to attempt suicide. Knight, who is said to be obsessed with Zeta-Jones's husband Michael Douglas, faces a 25-count charge of stalking the actress through threatening letters and phone calls over an 18-month period. A Los Angeles judge said the psychiatrist appointed on Tuesday should file a report by Sept. 15 on whether Knight is competent to stand trial. Knight is in jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
Lil' Kim launches designer watch line
Rapper Lil' Kim has entered the world of fashion, launching her own line of designer watches, AP reports. "I love fashion and wanted to create a designer watch collection that would translate my personal style into a product which would appeal to stylish women everywhere," said Lil' Kim, whose real name is Kimberly Jones, in a statement Tuesday. The rapper will work with celebrity jeweler Jacob Arabo to manufacture the watches, which will range in price from $1,800 to $3,500, AP reports.
Janet Jackson makes Will & Grace appearance
Janet Jackson is set to make a guest appearance as herself on the hit NBC show Will & Grace, AP reports. In an interview with Access Hollywood, Jackson said her part involves Sean Hayes' character, Jack McFarland, "trying out as a dancer." "There's a little bit of a routine and they go on to do their thing from there," she said. "It's so funny. I have to catch myself because I'm cracking up in rehearsals. It's just funny to watch them. It's hilarious." The episode will air on Sept. 23.
Buffy, Grace clear charges of indecency
Speaking of Will & Grace, the show was recently cleared by the FCC on charges of indecency (let's just hope Janet behaves herself), along with the now defunct Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Reuters reports. The complaints filed by the Parent Television Council and Americans for Decency were dismissed in a 5-0 vote because the commission found the shows didn't violate indecency regulations. The episode of Will & Grace in question involved a "woman photographer [who] passionately kissed [a] woman author and then humped her (what she called a 'dry hump')," the complaint read, while the episode of Buffy showed the characters Spike and Buffy fighting before having sex. Both shows aired in primetime.
The buzz is starting as the major networks get ready to present their hottest pilots to advertisers in New York to determine what will or won't make it to the final fall schedule. Presentations begin May 12, Variety reports.
According to Variety, NBC is looking at some strong sitcom possibilities, including a reworking of the BBC smash sexcom Coupling and the John Larroquette/Christine Baranski starrer Happy Family. Both seem destined for series orders. Also high on the network's list are sitcoms revolving around Saturday Night Live alum Tracy Morgan, who plays a Ralph Kramden-esque mechanic and Whoopi Goldberg, as an ex-diva turned hotel operator. The Heather Locklear sitcom Once Around the Park is being bantered around as well.
On the drama side, the Alicia Silverstone romantic dramedy Miss Match from Sex and the City creator Darren Star could be a sure bet as well as the Rob Lowe starrer Lyon's Den and studio head-turned-producer Kerry McCluggages' Homeland Security.
ABC will lead off with their laffer Platonically Incorrect, described as a straight Will & Grace, with Tom Everett Scott and A.J. Langer starring as platonic best friends. Good things are also being said about the sitcom Hope & Faith, starring Kelly Ripa as a washed-up soap star who moves in with her housewife sister, played by Faith Ford, Variety reports.
Buzz seems to be heaviest around ABC's dramatic series Karen Sisco, based on the female federal marshal character played by Jennifer Lopez in the Steven Soderbergh film Out of Sight. Also creating some noise: The D.A., about a district attorney (Steven Weber) who teams with a private investigator.
CBS generally keeps their fall plans on a tight rein, which makes speculation a little difficult. According to Variety, however, the network has its eye on Jerry Bruckheimer's tentatively titled femme detective drama Cold Cases as well as the quirky Joan of Arcadia and the Joe Pantoliano crime drama Street Boss.
On the lighter side, CBS execs seem to like the Nicole Sullivan laffer Crazylove and Chuck Lorre's 2-1/2 Men, starring Charlie Sheen.
Fox, meanwhile, has already picked up two shows for what the net now refers to as its year-round sked: Dramas The O.C. and Wonder Falls, Variety reports. Other dramas generating buzz include the Keyser/Lippman drama No Place like Home and Steven Bochco's NYPD 2069.
On the comedy front, Fox is digging its Molly Shannon starrer Cracking Up, which boasts an all-star behind-the-scenes lineup of producers/writers--including The Good Girl's Mike White, the Weitz brothers and Brad Grey.
Finally, over at the WB, drama Tarzan and Jane swings in as a heavy hitter, as does basketball-themed One Tree Hill, which is a new take on MacGyver, Variety reports.
When it comes to yukking it up, the Frog network is looking to greenlight a half-hour comedy starring Anthony Anderson (Barbershop) and the Adam Sandler-produced The Mayor.