'The Great Gatsby', 'Top of the Lake' Dominate Australian Academy Craft Awards

 Fabrizio Maltese

SYDNEY -- Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake have dominated the craft and technical categories of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, with Gatsby winning in each of the six categories it was nominated, as well as receiving a nod for best achievement in visual effects.  

Top of the Lake won in two of the six TV craft categories including best cinematography and best sound in television.

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Lurhmann’s wife and collaborator, Catherine Martin, and her team, won for Gatsby in two categories: best production design and best costume design. Martin has received Oscar nominations in the equivalent Academy Awards categories.

Also for Gatsby, Simon Duggan won best cinematography and Craig Armstrong won for best original score, while other nods for the film came for best sound and  best editing.

With Gatsby nominated in a total of 14 categories for the AACTA Awards this year, awards host Patrick Brammall joked that the word "Baz" be added to Australian dictionaries. He said the word would be used as a verb with the meaning “to gild or embroider an established thing until it sparkles; or the process of transforming the commonplace into the fabulous.”

The craft and technical awards were announced at a lunch ceremony in Sydney on Tuesday and are a precursor to the main awards, including best actor, actress, director and best film, which will be handed out at a televised ceremony Thursday night.

One winner for Thursday's ceremony has already been named. Industry veteran Jacki Weaver will receive the Raymond Longford award, the industry’s highest honor for a body of work, the Academy announced Monday.

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