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Blanchett calls for far more Aussies on screen, Mad Max nabs ACCTA for greatest film

Updated December 09, 2015 22:25:35

Cate Blanchett has named for far more Australian actors on screen even though accepting a single of the highest honours in the Australian film business at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.

The latest instalment of the Mad Max film series, Fury Road, took house the best film award.

Blanchett was given the Longford Lyell Award for outstanding contribution to Australian screen at the ceremony in Sydney by actors Richard Roxburgh and Hugo Weaving.

“I’ve turn into one particular of these ridiculous men and women who cries, it’s just a f***ing award,” a teary Blanchett stated as she accepted the gong.

A cavalcade of Hollywood directors, such as Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard and Robert Redford delivered video messages congratulating the actress.

Blanchett said that far more Australian actors must be cast.

“We should be bloody proud of it [the Australian film sector], we don’t need to have to go to another country,” Blanchett said.

Because we just get on and do stuff, female achievement gets swept under the carpet, so it is extraordinary to accomplish this.

Cate Blanchett

“It is not a quota … it needs to be fought for.”

She also acknowledged how content she was the award’s name had been changed to incorporate Australian 19th century actress and film producer, Lottie Lyell.

“Thank you for recognising Lottie Lyell,” she mentioned.

“I feel it is wonderful AACTAs is coming into the 21st century,” she said in a nod towards gender equality, as the film industry works towards possessing 50/50 gender equity in upcoming Australian projects.

“So frequently … because we just get on and do stuff, female achievement gets swept beneath the carpet, so it’s extraordinary to obtain this.”

Directors Ridley Scott and Martin Scorsese both lamented the reality they had only had the chance to perform with Blanchett when and said they would adore to do it once more.

“You are brilliant and you do honour to your craft,” Ron Howard said.

The director of her upcoming film Carol, Todd Haynes, called the actress “a beacon, a galaxy and a mensch”.

Fury Road wins ideal film, very best director

Australian director George Miller and producer P.J. Voeten after winning the AACTA for Best Director and Best Film for Mad Max Fury Road Photo: George Miller (proper) and producer P.J. Voeten of Mad Max: Fury Road soon after winning the AACTA awards for best director and best film. (AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

Mad Max: Fury Road took out the greatest film award, and its Australian director, George Miller, won the best director award.

The very best lead actor award went to Michael Caton for the film Final Cab to Darwin, with the best lead actress award going to Kate Winslet for The Dressmaker.

Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell took home ideal Television comedy, and greatest reality Television show went to Masterchef.

Peter Allen: Not The Boy Subsequent Door won greatest telefeature or miniseries.

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Topics: actor, film-movies, arts-and-entertainment, event, awards-and-prizes, sydney-2000, australia

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