'Carol' Leads Nominations in Australian Academy’s International Awards
'The Big Short,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'The Revenant' are also multiple nominees.
Carol, Todd Haynes' 1950s-set lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, is a clear favorite of Australian industry members, receiving a total of five nominations from seven possible categories in the fifth Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) International Awards, which were unveiled Tuesday.
Carol was nominated for best film, best direction and best screenplay, while Blanchett will vie for best actress honors and Mara will compete for the best supporting actress nod.
Carol leads financial drama The Big Short, which was nominated in four categories including best film, best direction (Adam McKay), best actor (Steve Carell) and best supporting actor (Christian Bale).
Mad Max: Fury Road, which picked up a best film nod among a total of six awards at December’s AACTA domestic Australian awards, received three international noms including best film, best direction (George Miller) and best actress (Charlize Theron).
The Martian, The Revenant and Steve Jobs also received three mentions each.
Spotlight, The Martian and Revenant rounded out the best film nominations, joining Carol and Mad Max: Fury Road in the top category.
The remaining 11 films nominated for the AACTA International Awards all received mentions in acting categories, including The Danish Girl and Sicario, which received two noms each.
Competition in the best lead actress category is fierce, with three nominees — Blanchett, Brie Larson (Room) and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) — also having been nominated for SAG Awards and Golden Globes for these performances. Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Emily Blunt (Sicario) are also in the running.
Meanwhile, Steve Carell (Big Short), Matt Damon (Martian), Leonardo DiCaprio (Revenant), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and Eddie Redmayne (Danish Girl) will all vie for best lead actor honors.
"Now in our fifth year, the AACTA International Awards add a unique Australian voice to the International discussion of screen excellence," AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said in a statement. "On the one hand, our young Academy’s Awards have become a reliable early forecaster of which performers, practitioners and productions will be recognized by our international peers via the Oscars and the BAFTAs. On the other hand, as our Chapter members are almost all Australians, they add a uniquely Australian perspective to the conversation, clearly evident this year, with a number of nominations for outstanding Australians who have excelled on the international stage.”
The AACTA International Awards are voted on by 150 Australians who are members of the organization’s international chapter, with many of them also members of the U.S Academy and BAFTA. This year’s AACTA International Award winners will be announced during a ceremony in Los Angeles on Jan. 29.
In total, 17 features are vying for awards in seven categories. The full list of nominees follows:
AACTA International Award for Best Film
The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
AACTA International Award for Best Direction
Adam McKay — The Big Short
Todd Haynes — Carol
George Miller — Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott — The Martian
Alejandro González Iñárritu — The Revenant
AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay
Phyllis Nagy — Carol
Alex Garland — Ex Machina
Drew Goddard — The Martian
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer — Spotlight
Aaron Sorkin — Steve Jobs
AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actor
Steve Carell — The Big Short
Matt Damon — The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio — The Revenant
Michael Fassbender — Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne — The Danish Girl
AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actress
Cate Blanchett — Carol
Emily Blunt — Sicario
Brie Larson — Room
Saoirse Ronan — Brooklyn
Charlize Theron — Mad Max: Fury Road
AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale — The Big Short
Paul Dano — Love and Mercy
Benicio Del Toro — Sicario
Joel Edgerton — Black Mass
Mark Rylance — Bridge of Spies
AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress
Judy Davis — The Dressmaker
Jennifer Jason Leigh — The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara — Carol
Alicia Vikander — The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet — Steve Jobs