Thankfully the only blood spilled was fake and now The King has been nominated for 13 AACTA awards, including best film and best director.

The field for this year’s awards is particularly strong, with Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale leading the charge with 15 nominations and Anthony Maras’s Hotel Mumbai also picking up 13.


Those three will fight it out for best feature film with three others: Rachel Griffiths’ Ride Like a Girl (three nominations), which is the most commercially successful Australian film of the year having taken more than $8 million at the box office; Wayne Blair’s Top End Wedding (three nominations), the second-biggest earner of the year; and Judy & Punch (nine nominations), directed by Michod’s partner Mirrah Foulkes.

In some respects it’s a miracle The King is even in the running. After the film made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival to strong reviews in September, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts bent its own rules to allow The King – which had at that stage not been screened in Australia – into this year’s field.

“What a release means these days is changing,” AACTA chief Damian Trewhella said last month by way of explaining the sudden rule change. “It’s such a fast-changing landscape that we’re having to adapt as well.”

Among The King‘s other nominations are three for Joel Edgerton. He is nominated as co-writer with Michod for best screenplay, and is also up for best supporting actor (he plays Falstaff in the film) and, as one of The King‘s producers, for best film.

Actor Damon Herriman goes one better with a record-breaking four nominations: best actor in Judy & Punch, best supporting actor in The Nightingale and, in the television categories, best supporting actor in both Lambs of God and Mr Inbetween.

Aisling Franciosi as Clare in The Nightingale. Jennifer Kent's film has picked up 15 AACTA nominations.

Aisling Franciosi as Clare in The Nightingale. Jennifer Kent’s film has picked up 15 AACTA nominations.Credit: Supplied

Foxtel’s four-part drama Lambs of God has also set a new benchmark, picking up a staggering 18 nominations in the TV categories. It will vie for best drama series against Bloom (Stan, five nominations), Total Control (ABC, seven nominations), and Foxtel’s Mr Inbetween (four), Secret City: Under the Eagle (six) and Wentworth (two).

The 2019 AACTA Awards will be presented on December 4 at the Star Event Centre in Sydney, with an edited telecast on Seven and encore screenings on Foxtel. Tickets for the event are available to the public via

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The full list of AACTA nominees

Best feature film
Hotel Mumbai
Judy & Punch
The King
The Nightingale
Ride Like a Girl
Top End Wedding

Best Indie Film
Acute Misfortune
Book Week
Emu Runner
Sequin in a Blue Room

Best direction
Anthony Maras Hotel Mumbai
Mirrah Foulkes Judy & Punch
David Michod The King
Jennifer Kent The Nightingale

Best lead actor
Timothee Chalamet The King
Baykali Ganambarr The Nightingale
Damon Herriman Judy & Punch
Dev Patel Hotel Mumbai
Hugo Weaving Hearts and Bones

Best lead actress
Nazanin Boniadi Hotel Mumbai
Aisling Franciosi The Nightingale
Teresa Palmer Ride Like a Girl
Miranda Tapsell Top End Wedding
Mia Wasikowska Judy & Punch

Best Supporting Actor
Joel Edgerton The King
Damon Herriman The Nightingale
Andrew Luri Hearts And Bones
Ben Mendelsohn The King
Michael Sheasby The Nightingale

Best Supporting Actress
Tilda Cobham-Hervey Hotel Mumbai
Magnolia Maymuru The Nightingale
Hilary Swank I Am Mother
Bolude Watson Hearts And Bones
Ursula Yovich Top End Wedding

Best Asian Film
Gully Boy
Hello, Love, Goodbye
Ne Zha
Super Deluxe
The Wandering Earth
We Are Little Zombies

Best Screenplay
Hotel Mumbai John Collee, Anthony Maras
Judy & Punch Mirrah Foulkes
The King David Michôd, Joel Edgerton
The Nightingale Jennifer Kent

Best Cinematography
Danger Close: The Battle Of Long Tan Ben Nott
Hotel Mumbai Nick Remy Matthews
The King Adam Arkapaw
The Nightingale Radek Ladczuk

Best Editing
Hotel Mumbai Peter Mcnulty, Anthony Maras
Judy & Punch Dany Cooper
The King Peter Sciberras
The Nightingale Simon Njoo

Best Sound
Danger Close: The Battle Of Long Tan Liam Egan
Hotel Mumbai Sam Petty, Pete Smith, Nakul Kamte, James Currie, Peter Ristic
The King Robert Mackenzie, Sam Petty, Gareth John, Leah Katz, Mario Vaccaro, Tara Webb
The Nightingale Robert Mackenzie, Dean Ryan, Leah Katz, Pete Smith

Best Original Score
Danger Close: The Battle Of Long Tan Caitlin Yeo
Hotel Mumbai Volker Bertelmann (aka Hauschka)
Judy & Punch François Tétaz
Ride Like A Girl David Hirschfelder

Best Production Design
Hotel Mumbai Steven Jones-Evans
Judy & Punch Jo Ford
The King Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton
The Nightingale Alex Holmes

Best Costume Design
Hotel Mumbai Anna Borghesi
Judy & Punch Edie Kurzer
The King Jane Petrie
The Nightingale Margot Wilson

Best Drama Series
Bloom (Stan)
Mr Inbetween (Foxtel – Showcase)
Secret City: Under The Eagle (Foxtel – Showcase)
Total Control (ABC)
Wentworth (Foxtel – Showcase)

Best Telefeature Or Mini Series
The Cry (ABC)
Fighting Season (Foxtel – Showcase)
The Hunting (SBS)
Lambs Of God (Foxtel – Showcase)
On The Ropes (SBS)

Best Comedy Program
Frayed (ABC)
The Letdown (ABC)
Rosehaven (ABC)
Sammy J (ABC)
Utopia (ABC)

Best Entertainment Program
Australian Ninja Warrior (Nine)
Australia’s Got Talent (Seven)
Hard Quiz (ABC)
Lego® Masters Australia (Nine)
The Masked Singer (Ten)

Best Factual Entertainment Program
Gogglebox Australia (Ten/Foxtel)
Gruen (ABC)
Todd Sampson’s Body Hack (Ten)
Who Do You Think You Are (SBS)
You Can’t Ask That (ABC)

Best Lifestyle Program
Destination Flavour China (SBS)
Grand Designs Australia (Foxtel – Lifestyle)
The Great Australian Bake Off (Foxtel – Lifestyle)
Love It Or List It Australia (Foxtel – Lifestyle)
Selling Houses Australia (Foxtel – Lifestyle)

Best Reality Series
Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders (Ten)
The Block (Nine)
Married At First Sight (Nine)
Masterchef (Ten)
My Kitchen Rules (Seven)

Best Children’s Program
Bluey (ABC Kids)
Drop Dead Weird (7Two)
Hardball (ABCME)
The Inbestigators (ABCME)
The Unlisted (ABCME)

Best Sports Entertainment Program
AFL 360 (Fox Sports)
Bounce (Fox Sports)
The Front Bar (Seven)
On The Couch (Fox Sports)
Sunday Night With Matty Johns (Fox Sports)

Best Sports Coverage
2018/19 Seven’s Summer Of Cricket (Seven)
AFL 2019 (Fox Sports)
The Australian Open Tennis 2019 (Nine)
State Of Origin rugby league (Nine)
Test Cricket Live On Fox (Fox Sports)

Best Lead Actor In A Television Drama
Patrick Brammall Glitch
Bryan Brown Bloom
Ewen Leslie The Cry
Sam Reid Lambs Of God
Scott Ryan Mr Inbetween

Best Lead Actress In A Television Drama
Jenna Coleman The Cry
Essie Davis Lambs Of God
Ann Dowd Lambs Of God
Deborah Mailman Total Control
Anna Torv Secret City: Under The Eagle

Best Performance In A Television Comedy
Alison Bell The Letdown
Celia Pacquola Rosehaven
Celia Pacquola Utopia
Rob Sitch Utopia
Miranda Tapsell Get Krack!N

Best Guest Or Supporting Actor In A Television Drama
Damon Herriman Lambs Of God
Damon Herriman Mr Inbetween
Ewen Leslie Fighting Season
Richard Roxburgh The Hunting
John Stanton Bloom

Best Guest Or Supporting Actress In A Television Drama
Kate Box Les Norton
Rachel Griffiths Total Control
Asher Keddie The Cry
Brooke Satchwell Mr Inbetween
Jacki Weaver Bloom

Best Direction In A Television Drama Or Comedy
Lambs Of God (Episode 1 – The Devil Into Paradise) Jeffrey Walker
The Letdown (Episode 2 – The Dilemma) Sarah Scheller, Alison Bell
The Hunting (Episode 3 – #Shittyboys) Ana Kokkinos
Total Control (Episode 3) Rachel Perkins

Best Direction In Nonfiction Television
Australian Survivor: Champions V Contenders (Episode 1) Richard Franc
Body Hack (Episode 1 – Gaza Frontlines) Jeff Siberry
Destination Flavour China (Episode 1 – Beijing) Olivia Hoopmann
Employable Me (Episode 1– Eric, Kathleen & Paul) Cian O’Clery

Best Screenplay In Television
The Cry (Episode 2) Jacquelin Perske
The Hunting (Episode 3 – #Shittyboys) Matthew Cormack, Niki Aken
Lambs Of God (Episode 1 – The Devil Into Paradise) Sarah Lambert
Utopia (Episode 2 – Working With Children) Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch

Best Cinematography In Television
The Cry (Episode 2) Sam Chiplin
Destination Flavour China (Episode 1 – Beijing) Gilbert Farkas
Lambs Of God (Episode 1 – The Devil Into Paradise) Don Mcalpine
Secret City: Under The Eagle (Episode 1 – Run Little Rabbit) Mark Wareham

Best Editing In Television
The Cry (Episode 2) Alastair Reid
Lambs Of God (Episode 1 – The Devil Into Paradise) Deborah Peart
Total Control (Episode 3) Deborah Peart
The Unlisted (Episode 1) Mat Evans

Best Sound In Television
Body Hack (Episode 1 – Gaza Frontlines) Damian Jory
Frayed (Episode 1) Mark Cornish, Ralph Ortner
Lambs Of God (Episode 1 – The Devil Into Paradise) Nick Emond, Stephen Smith, Paul Devescovi, Mia Stewart
Total Control (Episode 3) Nick Emond, Dane Cody, Luke Mynott, Wes Chew

Best Original Score In Television
The Cry (Episode 2) Lorne Balfe
Frayed (Episode 1) Bryony Marks
Lambs Of God (Episode 1 – The Devil Into Paradise) Bryony Marks
The Unlisted (Episode 1) Diego Baldenweg, Nora Baldenweg, Lionel Vincent Baldenweg

Best Production Design In Television
Frayed (Episode 1) Fiona Donovan
Lambs Of God (Episode 1 – The Devil Into Paradise) Chris Kennedy
The Letdown (Episode 2 – The Dilemma) Roslyn Durnford
Secret City: Under The Eagle (Episode 1 – Run Little Rabbit) Elizabeth Mary Moore

Best Costume Design In Television
Frayed (Episode 1) Nina Edwards
Lambs Of God (Episode 1 – The Devil Into Paradise) Xanthe Heubel
Les Norton (Episode 1 – You Wouldn’t Be Dead For Quids) Jenny Miles
The Masked Singer (Episode 1) Tim Chappel

Subscription Television Award For Best Female Presenter
Maggie Beer The Great Australian Bake Off
Shaynna Blaze Selling Houses Australia
Claire Hooper The Great Australian Bake Off
Margaret Pomeranz Screen
Yvonne Sampson – League Life, Fox League game day hosting

Subscription Television Award For Best Male Presenter
Graeme Blundell Screen
Ron Iddles Ron Iddles: The Good Cop
Matty Johns Sunday Night With Matty Johns, The Matty Johns Podcast
Peter Maddison Grand Designs Australia
Andrew Winter Selling Houses Australia, Love It Or List It Australia

Subscription Television Award For Best Female New Talent
Asha Boswarva Lambs Of God
Usha Cornish Bloom
Paulene Gibson Wentworth
Emma Lancaster Lambs Of God
Yvonne Rae Lambs Of God

Subscription Television Award For Best Male New Talent
Marco Alosio Fighting Season
Frederick Du Rietz Secret City: Under The Eagle
Fletcher Kennedy Secret City: Under The Eagle
Diesel La Torraca Lambs Of God

Best Documentary
The Australian Dream
The Eulogy
The Final Quarter
In My Blood It Runs
Mystify: Michael Hutchence

Best Documentary Or Factual Program
Australia In Colour (SBS)
Employable Me (ABC)
Exposed: The Case Of Keli Lane (ABC)
Gatwick – The Last Chance Hotel (ABC)
Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds (ABC)

Best Cinematography In A Documentary
100 Days To Victory (Episode 1 – The Spring Offensive) Torstein Dyrting (Foxtel – History)
Finke: There And Back Dylan River, Shane Mulcahy, Peter Beeh
In My Blood It Runs Maya Newell
Magical Land Of Oz (Episode 1 – Oceans) Paul Bell, Dan Proud, Jon Shaw (ABC)

Best Editing In A Documentary
The Cult Of The Family (Episode 1 – Unseen, Unheard, Unknown) Bill Murphy (ABC)
Exposed: The Case Of Keli Lane (Episode 1 – Truth And Lies) Lile Judickas (ABC)
The Final Quarter Sally Fryer
Mystify: Michael Hutchence Richard Lowenstein, Lynn-Maree Milburn, Tayler Martin

Best Sound In A Documentary
100 Days To Victory (Episode 1 – The Spring Offensive) Ric Curtin, Xoe Baird, Laurie Chlanda (Foxtel – History)
Defend, Conserve, Protect Chris Goodes
Don’t Stop The Music Nicholas Dunlop (ABC)
Mystify: Michael Hutchence Robert Mackenzie, Mick Boraso, Simon Rosenberg, Lynnmaree Milburn

Best Original Score In A Documentary
2040 Bryony Marks
The Cult Of The Family (Episode 1 – Unseen, Unheard, Unknown) Amanda Brown
The Leunig Fragments Luke Altmann
Martha: A Picture Story Adit Gauchan, Vincent Goodyer

Best Casting
Hotel Mumbai Ann Fay, Leigh Pickford, Trishaan Sarkar
The King Des Hamilton, Francine Maisler
The Nightingale Nikki Barrett
Total Control Anousha Zarkesh

Best Visual Effects Or Animation
Aquaman Kelvin Mcilwain, Kimberly Nelson Locascio, Josh Simmonds, David Nelson – Method Studios
Captain Marvel Chris Townsend, Damien Carr, Paul Butterworth, Greg Jowle – Animal Logic
Dumbo Richard Stammers, Hal Couzens, Hayley Williams, Dennis Jones, Corinne Teng – Rising Sun Pictures
I Am Mother Jonathan Dearing, Chris Spry – Fin Design + Effects
Spider-Man: Far From Home Brendan Seals, Michael Perdew, Andrew Zink, Adam Gailey – Luma Pictures

Best Hair And Makeup
The King Alessandro Bertolazzi
Lambs Of God Zeljka Stanin, Paul Pattison, Cheryl Williams
Nekrotronic Angela Conte, Paul Katte, Nick Nicolaou, Rosemary Saffioti
The Nightingale Nikki Gooley, Larry Van Duynhoven, Cassie O’Brien

Best Short Animation
Jasper Simon Rippingale, Alesandra Grasso
Pinchpot Greg Holfeld
Sohrab And Rustum Lee Whitmore
Sole Yori Narpati, Erika Ju, Quynh Truong

Best Short Film
The Egg Jane Cho, Ilana Lazar
Rebooted Michael Shanks, Nicholas Colla, Chris Hocking
Snare Madeleine Gottlieb, Tom Slater
Yulubidyi – Until The End Curtis Taylor, Nathan Mewett, Glen Stasiuk

Best Short Documentary
Demonic Pia Borg, Anna Vincent, Bonnie Mcbride
Home Front – Facing Australia’s Climate Emergency Luke Taylor
War Mothers: Unbreakable Stefan Bugryn, Steven Zelko
Woven Threads Michi Marosszeky, Paul Sullivan

Best Online Drama Or Comedy
Aunty Donna – Glennridge Secondary College Katherine Dale, Rachel Millar, Max Miller, Aunty Donna
Content Meg O’Connell, Daley Pearson, Jackson Lapsley Scott, Anna Barnes
Koala Man Michael Cusack, Mike Cowap
Over And Out Adele Vuko, Christiaan Van Vuuren, Bridget Callow-wright, Gemma Knight, Abi Tabone
Robbie Hood Dylan River, Tanith Glynn-maloney, Meg O’connell, Charlie Aspinwall

Best Online Entertainment
Bounce Patrol
CKN Toys
Georgia Productions
How To Basic
Ozzy Man Reviews
Primitive Technology

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