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Since premiering in Cannes in May 2012, the toe-tapping musical drama about four Aboriginal girls who formed a singing group in the 1960s has garnered audience awards all over the world and box office triumph at home.
Tonight saw "The Sapphires" take home six AACTA Awards - Best Film, Best Director (Wayne Blair), Best Lead Actress (Deborah Mailman), Best Lead Actor (Chris O'Dowd), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Mauboy) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Keith Thompson, Tony Briggs) - bringing the film's tally to a total of 11 AACTA Awards, including those previously announced at the 2nd AACTA Awards Luncheon, on Monday 28 January.
Marking another solid year for Australian television, the 2nd AACTA Awards Ceremony celebrated seven television programs across four networks. John Edwards and Southern Star Productions confirmed their reputation for top-notch drama, with "Puberty Blues" winning Best Television Drama Series and
"Howzat! Kerry Packer's War" winning Best Telefeature or Mini Series.
Mandy McElhinney, loved by millions as "Rhonda" in an AAMI's Bali-based advertising campaign, also won Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama for her endearing performance as Kerry Packer's long-suffering secretary, Rose Mitchell.
Groundbreaking Indigenous drama "Redfern Now" won Best Screenplay in Television (Steven McGregor for Episode 6) and Leah Purcell also won Best
Lead Actress in a Television Drama for her performance in Episode 1.
This year, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts introduced the new AACTA Award for Best Reality Television Series, and the first recipient of this award was announced tonight, with the exciting adventure-based contest of The Amazing Race Australia (Channel Seven) taking home the golden statuette.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM
The Sapphires. Rosemary Blight, Kylie du Fresne.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION
The Sapphires. Wayne Blair.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Wish You Were Here. Kieran Darcy-Smith, Felicity Price.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Sapphires. Keith Thompson, Tony Briggs.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR
Chris O'Dowd. The Sapphires.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS
Deborah Mailman. The Sapphires.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Antony Starr. Wish You Were Here.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessica Mauboy. The Sapphires.
BYRON KENNEDY AWARD
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST YOUNG ACTOR
Saskia Rosendahl. Lore.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEVISION DRAMA SERIES
Puberty Blues. John Edwards, Imogen Banks. Network Ten. SBS
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST TELEFEATURE OR MINI SERIES
Howzat! Kerry Packer's War. John Edwards, Mimi Butler. Nine Network
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTION IN TELEVISION
Jack Irish: Bad Debts. Jeffrey Walker. ABC1
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY IN TELEVISION
Redfern Now – Episode 6 'Pretty Boy Blue'. Steven McGregor. ABC1
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Richard Roxburgh. Rake – Season 2. ABC1
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST LEAD ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Leah Purcell. Redfern Now. ABC1
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Aaron Jeffery. Underbelly Badness – Episode 3 'The Loaded Dog'. Nine Network.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST GUEST OR SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION DRAMA
Mandy McElhinney. Howzat! Kerry Packer's War – Part 2. Nine Network.
AACTA AWARD FOR BEST REALITY TELEVISION SERIES
The Amazing Race Australia. Michael McKay, Trent Chapman, David Gardner, Matt Kowald. Seven Network.
NEWS.COM.AU AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD FOR MOST MEMORABLE SCREEN MOMENT
Related: Stars come out for the International AACTAs in Los Angeles