AACTA International Awards: 'Promising Young Woman' Wins Top Prize

Carey Mulligan Promising Young Woman
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The Australian Academy also gave Carey Mulligan the best actress crown for her performance in Emerald Fennell's debut feature about a young woman confronting the traumas of her past.

Promising Young Woman picked up the top best film prize at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts' (AACTA) International Awards on Friday.

And Emerald Fennell's debut feature about a young woman confronting the traumas of her past also earned lead Carey Mulligan the best actress crown. Promising Young Woman, which continues to build award season buzz, is produced by Australian Margot Robbie and her production house LuckyChap Entertainment.

"It is particularly special to see Australian powerhouse Margot Robbie behind the scenes on such an important piece of work with Promising Young Woman taking out best film. To have started her career in Australia on a soap like Neighbours to now cementing her position as one of Hollywood’s most significant and influential storytellers is incredible," AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said in a statement.

And Nomadland, which dominated the nominations for the 2021 AACTA competition with six mentions across 11 categories, earned Chloe Zhao the best film director trophy. Elsewhere, The Trial of the Chicago 7, written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, took home the award for best film screenplay and a best supporting actor honor for Sacha Baron Cohen.

In other acting categories, Chadwick Boseman won the best film actor crown for his role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and Olivia Colman earned the best supporting film actress honor for her performance in The Father. The coming-of-age period drama The Queen’s Gambit earned AACTA awards for best drama series and best series actress for Anya Taylor-Joy for her portrayal of chess prodigy and orphan, Beth Harmon.

And Schitt's Creek won for best comedy series, while the best series actor trophy went to Australian actor Aaron Pedersen for his role as detective Jay Swan in the outback drama Mystery Road.

A full list of the 2021 AACTA International Awards nominations follows:

International Award for Best Film
Promising Young Woman (WINNER)
The Father
Minari
Nomadland
The Trial of the Chicago 7

International Award for Best Direction in Film
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland (WINNER)
Pete Docter – Soul
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
David Fincher – Mank
Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7

International Award for Best Screenplay in Film
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (WINNER)
The Father

Mank
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman

International Award for Best Drama Series
The Queen's Gambit (WINNER)
The Crown

I May Destroy You
The Mandalorian
Mystery Road

International Award for Best Comedy Series
Schitt's Creek (WINNER)
Afterlife

The Great
Sex Education
What We Do in the Shadows

International Award for Best Lead Actor in Film
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (WINNER)
Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Adarsh Gourav – The White Tiger
Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Gary Oldman – Mank

International Award for Best Lead Actress in Film
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman (WINNER)
Viola Davis – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand – Nomadland
Eliza Scanlen – Babyteeth

International Award for Best Supporting Actor in Film
Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7 (WINNER)
Chadwick Boseman – Da 5 Bloods
Ben Mendelsohn – Babyteeth
Mark Rylance – The Trial of the Chicago 7
David Strathairn – Nomadland

International Award for Best Supporting Actress in Film
Olivia Colman – The Father (WINNER)

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Saoirse Ronan – Ammonite
Amanda Seyfried – Mank
Swankie – Nomadland

International Award for Best Actor in a Series
Aaron Pedersen – Mystery Road (WINNER)
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Hugh Grant – The Undoing
Daniel Levy – Schitt's Creek
Paul Mescal – Normal People

International Award for Best Actress in a Series
Anya Taylor-Joy – The Queen's Gambit (WINNER)
Cate Blanchett – Mrs America
Daisy Edgar-Jones – Normal People
Nicole Kidman – The Undoing
Catherine O'Hara – Schitt's Creek