The drama miniseries collects all of the acting price for television among other notable trophies, while Shannon Murphy's directorial debut 'Babyteeth' dominates with Best Film win and a slew of others.
Dec 1, 2020
Cate Blanchett's drama series "Stateless" was the big winner at Monday's (November 30) Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.
The star, who opted out of attending the ceremony, won awards as both a supporting actress and producer for the miniseries, which explores Australia's immigration detention system.
It scooped all of the acting prizes for TV, including Best Lead Actor for Fayssal Bazzi and Best Lead Actress for Yvonne Strahovski. The trophy for Best Guest or Supporting Actor went to another "Stateless" star, Darren Gilshenan.
The show was announced Best Telefeature or Miniseries and also swept up statuettes for Best Screenplay (Elise McCredie) and Best Direction.
Meanwhile, the film categories were dominated by "Babyteeth" - Shannon Murphy's directorial debut - which won Best Film, Best Screenplay (Rita Kalnejais) and Best Direction. It also cleaned up in the acting categories, with Eliza Scanlen winning Best Lead Actress for her role as cancer-diagnosed teen Milla, Toby Wallace taking home Best Lead Actor, Ben Mendelsohn bagging Best Supporting Actor with Essie Davis taking home Best Supporting Actress.
Rebel Wilson was also a winner at the AACTAs and appeared via a video link to accept her Subscription Television Award for Best Presenter statuette for "LOL: Last One Laughing Australia".
Further winners on the night included Tim Minchin who won the Best Comedy Performer award for "Upright", Shaun Micallef who took Best Comedy Entertainment Program for "Shaun Micallef's Mad As Hell" and "Gogglebox", which was awarded the Best Factual Entertainment Program award. Best Reality Program went to "MasterChef Australia", and the award for Best Drama Series went to "Mystery Road".
The Winners List of 2020 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards: