'Three Billboards' Named Best Film at Australian Academy's International Awards
Margot Robbie for 'I, Tonya' and Gary Oldman for 'Darkest Hour' took the top acting awards.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri nabbed three prizes, including best film honors, at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’ 7th AACTA International Awards, which were held Friday at the Avalon Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.
The revenge drama also earned a best screenplay nod for writer-director Martin McDonagh and a best supporting actor win for Sam Rockwell.
Margot Robbie took home the best lead actress prize for her portrayal of Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, for which Allison Janney claimed the supporting actress award.
Gary Oldman was named best lead actor for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour.
When asked about the awards attention he's received for his role, Oldman — who is nominated for best actor in a motion picture, drama at Sunday's Golden Globes — remained sanguine.
“It’s not the most important thing in the world, and it’s not nothing because the work is being recognized," he said. "So you just have to navigate your way through it, and if it’s in one's destiny or story to pick up one of these gongs, then so be it.”
Hugh Jackman, who was nominated for best lead actor alongside Oldman at the AACTA Awards, spoke about why Australian performers and filmmakers have been able to find success in America.
“You just have to acknowledge this country that allows people from other countries to come in. That’s extraordinary," he said, adding, "I think that Australians, we know how to work hard, we know how to take risks and most of us are trained for a long period of time so that by the time we come here, we hopefully know what we’re doing.”
Best director laurels went to Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk.
Hugh Sheridan hosted the ceremony.
“On behalf of the Australian Academy, I congratulate all our winners tonight. We have again seen a dynamic mix of international and Australian screen achievement honored, celebrating some of the world’s biggest names in film, including Australian actress Margot Robbie, who we’re very proud to count among tonight’s winners,” AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said. “The AACTA International Awards add a uniquely Australian voice to the global discussion of screen excellence, and have become an early forecaster of which performers, practitioners and productions will be recognized during the awards season.”