'Jindabyne,' 'Candy' dominate FCCA noms


SYDNEY -- As the Australian film and TV awards season kicks off, Ray Lawrence's "Jindabyne" and Neil Armfield's "Candy" dominated nominations for the first key event of the year, the Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) awards.

"Candy" and "Jindabyne" scored eight nominations each, the organization announced Tuesday.

"Candy" received nominations for best film, director, adapted screenplay and music score as well as making a clean sweep of all the acting categories, with nominations for Abbie Cornish as best actress, Heath Ledger as best actor, Noni Hazlehurst as best supporting actress, and Geoffrey Rush as best supporting actor.

"Jindabyne" received nominations in the categories of best film, director, actress (Laura Linney), adapted screenplay, cinematography, best supporting actress, (Deborra-Lee Furness), best supporting actor (John Howard) and music score.

Rounding out the best film category were "Kenny" and "Ten Canoes (Australia's entry for a best foreign-language film Oscar).

The four films nominated for the best honors were mirrored with their helmers all scoring best director noms.

"This year is testimony to the revitalization of the breadth and quality of the Australian film industry. Unlike other eras when one genre has dominated, this year presented Australian film critics with a smorgasbord that includes comedy, crime, sex, violence, laughter and trauma," said FCCA president Russell Edwards.

"Jindabyne" and "Kenny" have also struck a chord with audiences -- "Jindabyne" is the top-grossing Australian film to be released so far this year taking AUS$5 million ($3.8 million) at the local box office while "Kenny" is the sleeper hit of the year with AUS$4.1 million ($3.1 million) to date after seven weeks.

The FCCA Awards will be announced at a dinner hosted by Adam Elliot in Melbourne this month.