Nicole Kidman, Casey Affleck, Emma Stone Celebrated at Australian Academy’s AACTA Awards

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Isla Fisher

“So many Australian actors are fortunate enough to be given BAFTAS or Oscars, and this is an opportunity for us, as an Australian industry, to give back and celebrate those international actors,” Isla Fisher told THR at the International Award Ceremony.

Nicole Kidman, Mel Gibson, Dev Patel and Emma Stone were just a few of the actors in attendance at the 2017 AACTA Awards, held Friday at the Avalon in Hollywood and kicking off Golden Globes weekend. The Australian Academy hosted the evening, which celebrated the achievements in film this year with Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land and Lion as its biggest contenders.

On the red carpet, several screen professionals shared their excitement for the first awards show of the season.

Isla Fisher shared with The Hollywood Reporter what her favorite aspect of the upcoming award season entails: “I do enjoy the fashion as a lady — all the beautiful girls dressed up." She continued, “I’m so excited as an Australian. So many Australian actors are fortunate enough to be given BAFTAS or Oscars, and this is an opportunity for us, as an Australian industry, to give back and celebrate those international actors.”

Patel, who won best supporting actor honors for his role in Lion, explained why he was so intrigued and gravitated toward the story: “It’s such a profound story about humanity and unification, and for actors like us to be able to step into such roles and play characters with the kind of pain and emotion in their soul, it’s quite groundbreaking.”

Iain Canning, a producer on Lion, related to THR why the film resonated with the AACTA jury: “There is a sense of community. The film is about love, and in a way, with all of this hate and trouble in the world, we need to remember that the best version of ourselves is a version that is open to love and is going to be supportive and a good human.”

And while Gibson has directed several films, he said he's not ready to direct his own biopic. Before receiving the International Award for best direction for Hacksaw Ridge, he jokingly said on the red carpet that he isn't able to choose an actor to star as him because “he hasn’t been born yet.”

The evening’s winners also included Lion's Nicole Kidman for best supporting actress, La La Land's Emma Stone for best lead actress and Manchester by the Sea's Casey Affleck for best lead actor.

The AACTA International Award winners are determined by over 150 Australian filmmakers and executives who “recognize film excellence regardless of geography.”

 

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