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2009 Australian Film Institute Awards

The 51st Annual Australian Film Institute Awards ceremony, honoring the best in film and television acting achievements for 2009 in the cinema of Australia, took place over two nights on 5 December 2009 and on 11 December 2009. During the ceremonies, the Australian Film Institute presented Australian Film Institute Awards (AFI awards) in 40 categories, including feature films, television, animation, and documentary. The ceremony was hosted by Julia Zemiro of SBS's RocKwiz. Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface; with nominees thereafter.

2009 Australian Film Institute Awards
Date5 December 2009
and Friday, 11 December 2009
Highlights
Best FilmSamson & Delilah
Best DirectionWarwick Thornton
Samson & Delilah
Best ActorAnthony LaPaglia
Balibo
Best ActressFrances O'Connor
Blessed

Contents

AFI Film AwardsEdit

Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Lead Actor Best Lead Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography Best Editing
Best Original Music Score Best Sound
Best Production Design Best Costume Design

AFI Young Actor AwardEdit

AFI Highest Grossing Film AwardEdit

  • Australia. Marc Wooldridge, Baz Luhrmann, G. Mac Brown, Catherine Knapman, Paul Watters, Stuart Beattie, Ronald Harwood, Richard Flanagan
    • Charlie & Boots. Andrew Mackie, Michael Selwyn, David Redman, Dean Murphy, Shana Levine, Stewart Faichney
    • Mao's Last Dancer. Joel Pearlman, Troy Lum, Jane Scott, Bruce Beresford, Jan Sardi

AFI Television AwardsEdit

AFI Award for Best Television Drama SeriesEdit

Winner Recipient(s) Network Other nominees
East West 101
(Season 2)
Kristine Wyld
Steve Knapman
SBS TV

AFI Award for Best Telefeature, Mini-Series or Short-Run SeriesEdit

Winner Recipient(s) Network Other nominees
False Witness Greg Haddrick
Peter Andrikidis
UKTV

AFI Award for Best Direction in TelevisionEdit

Winner Episode Recipient(s) Network Other nominees
East West 101 Season 2
Episode #13
"Atonement"
Peter Andrikidis SBS TV

AFI Award for Best Screenplay in TelevisionEdit

Winner Episode Recipient(s) Network Other nominees
Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities Episode #11
"The Brotherhood"
Kris Mrksa Nine Network
  • 30 Seconds: Episode 4, "Invisible Fault Lines" - Tim Bullock, Justin Drape, Scott Nowell (Foxtel)
  • East West 101: Season 2, Episode #13, "Atonement" - Michael Miller, Kristen Dunphy (SBS TV)
  • Review with Myles Barlow: Episode #1 - Trent O’Donnell, Phil Lloyd (ABC1)

AFI Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television DramaEdit

AFI Award for Best Lead Actress in a Television DramaEdit

AFI Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television DramaEdit

AFI Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television DramaEdit

  • Anni Finsterer. 3 Acts of Murder. ABC1

AFI Award for Best Children's Television DramaEdit

AFI Award for Best Children's Television AnimationEdit

  • Figaro Pho. Luke Jurevicius. ABC1
    • The Adventures of Charlotte and Henry. Paige Livingston. Seven Network
    • Classic Tales. Noel Price. ABC
    • Zeke's Pad. Avrill Stark, Delna Bhesania, Liz Scully, Leonard Terhoch. Seven Network

AFI Award for Best Light Entertainment Television SeriesEdit

AFI Award for Best Performance in a Television ComedyEdit

AFI Award for Best Television Comedy SeriesEdit

AFI Award for Outstanding Achievement in Television Screen CraftEdit

  • Luke Jurevicius. Figaro Pho. For "Creative Excellence"

AFI Non-Feature Film AwardsEdit

AFI Award for Best Feature-Length DocumentaryEdit

AFI Award for Best Direction in a DocumentaryEdit

AFI Award for Best Cinematography in a DocumentaryEdit

  • Cracking the Colour Code (Episode 2, "Making Colours"). Ian Batt, Vincent Fooy. SBS
    • Beyond Kokoda ("Buying Time"). Stig Schnell, Shaun Gibbons, Brett Murphy, Ben Nunney. Foxtel
    • My Asian Heart. David Bradbury
    • Salt. Murray Fredericks. ABC

AFI Award for Best Editing in a DocumentaryEdit

  • How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer. Zen Rosenthal. ABC
    • Bastardy. Bill Murphy, Jack Hutchings, Richard Lowenstein
    • Cracking the Colour Code (Episode 2, "Making Colours"). Lawrie Silvestrin. SBS
    • Yes Madam, Sir. Megan Doneman, Annie Collins

AFI Award for Best Sound in a DocumentaryEdit

  • Intangible Asset Number 82. Matthew Ferris, Michael Gissing, Andrew McGrath
    • The Choir. Sam Hayward, Phil Judd, Felicity Fox, Alli Heynes, Phil Vail, David White
    • Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts. Stephen R. Smith, Peter Smith, Tom Heuzenroeder, Adrian Medhurst
    • Lionel. Nick Batterham, Keith Thomas, Cezary Skubiszewski

AFI Award for Best Documentary Under One HourEdit

  • Solo. Jennifer Peedom. ABC1
    • The Love Market. Shalom Almond. National Geographic
    • Salt. Michael Angus. ABC
    • Tackling Peace. Marc Radomsky. Network Ten

AFI Award for Best Documentary SeriesEdit

  • First Australians. Darren Dale, Rachel Perkins, Helen Panckhurst. SBS
    • Beyond Kokoda. Stig Schnell, Shaun Gibbons. Foxtel
    • Once Bitten. Beth Frey, Janette Howe. SBS
    • Voices from the Cape. David Selvarajah Vadiveloo, Anna Kaplan. ABC1

AFI Award for Best Short AnimationEdit

  • The Cat Piano. Jessica Brentnall, Eddie White, Ari Gibson
    • Chicken of God. Jodi Satya, Frank Woodley
    • The Not-so-Great Eugene Green. Melanie Brunt, Michael Hill
    • Reach. Luke Randall

AFI Award for Best Short Fiction FilmEdit

  • Miracle Fish. Drew Bailey, Luke Doolan
    • Burn. Anna Kaplan, David Selvarajah Vadiveloo
    • Liebermans in the Sky. Jessica Redenbach, Richard Vilensky
    • Water. Sarah Shaw, Corrie Jones

AFI Award for Best Screenplay in a Short FilmEdit

  • Miracle Fish. Luke Doolan
    • Boxer. Michael Latham
    • Liebermans in the Sky. Richard Vilensky
    • Water. Corrie Jones, Sarah Shaw, Ian Meadows

AFI Award for Outstanding Achievement in Short Film Screen CraftEdit

  • Andrew McLeod. Water. For "Cinematography"

AFI Special Film AwardsEdit

Byron Kennedy AwardEdit

  • Ray Brown

News Limited Readers' Choice AwardEdit

AFI International Award for Best ActorEdit

AFI International Award for Best ActressEdit

AFI Members' Choice AwardEdit

AFI Visual Effects AwardEdit

  • Australia. Chris Godfrey, James E. Price, Andy Brown, Rob Duncan
    • Death of the Megabeasts. Matt Drummond, Mike Dunn
    • Plastic. Sandy Widyanata, Eric So, Mathew Mackereth, Christopher Jackson
    • Scorched. Bertrand Polivka, Soren Jensen. Nine Network

AFI International Award for Excellence in FilmmakingEdit

  • Nathan McGuinness. Senior Visual Effects Supervisor. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Terminator: Salvation, The Unborn, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

AFI Outstanding Achievement DinnerEdit

The following two AFI Awards were presented at the AFI Outstanding Achievement Dinner in August.

AFI Raymond Longford AwardEdit

AFI Award for Screen Content InnovationEdit

  • Gallipoli: The First Day. Sam Doust, Meena Tharmarajah, Astrid Scott
    • Forlorn Gaze. Sarah-Jane Woulahan
    • Scarygirl. Sophie Byrne, Nathan Jurevicius
    • Scorched. Ellenor Cox, Marcus Gillezeau