Nominated in nearly every category
BY STEPHEN GROENEWEGEN
Australian films have received Academy Award nominations in seven of the last eight decades and across every category except one – Original Song.
Our Australian Films at the Oscars curated collection is now updated to include nominees from this decade, including three recent Best Picture nominees: Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), Hacksaw Ridge (2016) and Lion (2016, pictured above).
Mad Max: Fury Road remains the most-nominated and most-awarded Australian film at the Oscars, with ten nominations and six Oscars.
The most recent Australian film nominated at the Oscars was last year, in the Live Action Short category. The Eleven O'Clock (2017) was written by and starred Josh Lawson (opposite Damon Herriman) and was directed by Derin Seale. Here is a teaser for the film:
Australian films at the Oscars includes an interview with our first Oscar winner, Ken G Hall (for Kokoda Front Line!), on The Mike Walsh Show in 1978. He shows Mike his traditional bronze and gold-plated Oscar statuette (now held in the NFSA collection) as well as the substitute plaster Academy Award he originally received in 1943. During the Second World War, metal shortages prevented the Academy from casting their awards in bronze and gold.
In the collection you can also watch clips from Australian films nominated in nearly every category at the Oscars, from Best Picture (Moulin Rouge!, 2001) to Documentary Feature (Frontline, 1979), and from Best Actress (Evil Angels, 1988) to Animated Short (Harvie Krumpet, 2003).
Visit the Australian Films at the Oscars curated collection. The 91st Academy Awards take place in Hollywood on 24 February (in Australia, on Monday 25 February from 12pm AEDT).
Main image: Sunny Pawar as young Saroo in Lion (Garth Davis, UK-Australia-USA, 2016). Courtesy See-Saw Films.