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Winners announced of the AACTA International Awards: that’s AACTA as in ‘Actor’ as in Film & Television Awards, doncha know

A whole lot of conflicting genres were up for gongs at this year’s AACTA Awards including Avatar: The Way of Water, The Banshees of Inisherin and Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, while in television Mystery Road: Origin and White Lotus: Sicily came up trumps, too.

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) today announced the winners for the 12th AACTA International Awards, honouring the world’s best achievements in screen excellence.

James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water took out the coveted Award for Best Film, however it was black tragicomedy The Banshees of Inisherin that lead this year’s film categories with three wins including Best Supporting Actor (Brendan Gleeson), Best Supporting Actress (Kerry Condon), and Best Screenplay (Martin McDonagh).

Colin Farrell in The Banshees of Inisherin.

Notably, Australian Actress Cate Blanchett won her third International AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress in Film for her performance in Tár. Blanchett has previously received this Award for Carol (2015) and Blue Jasmine (2013). An AACTA favourite, obviously.

Elvis added two more AACTA Awards to its collection after receiving 11 at the Australian Academy’s domestic Awards in December last year. Baz Luhrmann took out Best Direction and Austin Butler was crowned Best Lead Actor.

Austin Butler as Elvis.

Australian productions and talent have also triumphed on the small screen, with ABC’s Mystery Road: Origin taking home Best Drama Series and Mark Coles Smith receiving Best Lead Actor in a Series – Awards they also received at the domestic AACTA Awards. Aaron Pederson and Mark Coles Smith, who have both played Detective Jay Swan in the Mystery Road Franchise, have now both received an International AACTA Award for their portrayals.

The White Lotus: Sicily has gone back-to-back for Best Comedy Series, with season one winning at the AACTA International Awards last year. Jennifer Coolidge, who plays the often rude, always-hilarious Tanya McQuoid in the series has taken out the International AACTA Award for Best Actress.

Jennifer Coolidge steals the show in The White Lotus: Sicily.

Other notable series that were up for best comedy were Hacks, Only Murders in The Building, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and, a surprise to us, Wednesday.

See the full list of winners below.

Lisa Andrews



Best Film
Avatar: The Way of Water
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Banshees of Inisherin
Top Gun: Maverick

Best Lead Actor
Austin Butler (As Elvis) – Elvis
Joel Edgerton (As Mark Frame) – The Stranger
Colin Farrell (As Pádraic Súilleabháin) – The Banshees of Inisherin
Brendan Fraser (As Charlie) – The Whale
Hugh Jackman (As Peter) – The Son

Best Lead Actress
Cate Blanchett (As Lydia Tár) – Tár
Ana de Armas (As Norma Jeane) – Blonde
Margot Robbie (As Nellie Laroy) – Babylon
Michelle Williams (As Mitzi Fabelman) – The Fabelmans
Michelle Yeoh (As Evelyn Wang) – Everything Everywhere All at Once


Best Supporting Actor
Brendan Gleeson (As Colm Doherty) – The Banshees of Inisherin
Woody Harrelson (As The Captain) – Triangle Of Sadness
Sean Harris (As Henry Teague) – The Stranger
Brad Pitt (As Jack Conrad) – Babylon
Ke Huy Quan (As Waymond Wang) – Everything Everywhere All at Once


Best Supporting Actress
Kerry Condon (As Siobhan Súilleabháin) – The Banshees of Inisherin
Jamie Lee Curtis (As Deirdre Beaubeirdre) – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Olivia DeJonge (As Priscilla) Elvis
Stephanie Hsu (As Joy Wang / Jobu Tupaki) – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Jean Smart (As Elinor St. John) – Babylon


Best Direction
James Cameron – Avatar: The Way of Water
Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Baz Luhrmann – Elvis
Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin
Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans

Best Screenplay
Todd Field – Tár
Rian Johnson – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin
Ruben Östlund – Triangle of Sadness
Dana Stevens, Maria Bello – The Woman King



Best Drama Series
Heartbreak High
Mystery Road: Origin
Stranger Things
The Bear

Best Comedy Series
Only Murders in The Building
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The White Lotus: Sicily

Best Actor in a Series
Jeremy Allen White (As Carmen ‘Carmy’ Berzatto) – The Bear
Jason Bateman (As Martin ‘Marty’ Byrde) – Ozark
Mark Coles Smith (As Jay Swan) – Mystery Road: Origin
Bob Odenkirk (As Jimmy McGill) – Better Call Saul
Thomas Weatherall (As Malakai Mitchell) – Heartbreak High

Best Actress in a Series
Jennifer Coolidge (As Tanya McQuoid-Hunt) – The White Lotus: Sicily
Elizabeth Debecki (As Princess Diana) – The Crown
Laura Linney (As Wendy Byrde) – Ozark
Jean Smart (As Deborah Vance) – Hacks
Zendaya (As Rue Bennett) – Euphoria

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