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The 6th Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (generally known as AACTA Awards) are a series of awards which includes the 6th AACTA Awards Luncheon, the 6th AACTA Awards ceremony and the 6th AACTA International Awards. The former two events were held at The Star Event Centre, in Sydney, New South Wales. Presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), the awards celebrate the best in Australian feature film, television, documentary and short film productions of 2016. The first winners announced on 5 December 2016 and the AACTA Awards ceremony occurred on 7 December 2016 and was broadcast on the Seven Network for the second year running with an extended broadcast to air on Arena.[2]

6th AACTA Awards
Date5 December 2016 and
7 December 2016
SiteThe Star Event Centre
Sydney, New South Wales
Television coverage
NetworkSeven Network

The first round of nominees, for Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Short Animation and Best Short Fiction Film, were announced on 14 July 2016.[3] A new feature film and television category for Best Hair and Makeup was presented for the first time.[2] Through a partnership with Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) five additional awards, for subscription television programs, were handed out for Best Lifestyle Program, Best New Talent, Best Male Presenter, Best Female Presenter and Best Live Event Production.[4]



The nominations are as follows:[5]

Feature filmEdit

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


Best Comedy Series Best Light Entertainment Series
  • Gruen – Jon Casimir - ABC
    • Gogglebox – David McDonald, Kam Vurlow - Foxtel/Lifestyle
    • Luke Warm Sex – Jon Casimir, Richard Huddleston, Karina Holden, Anna Bateman - ABC
    • RocKwiz – Peter Bain-Hogg, Ken Connor, Brian Nankervis - SBS
Best Children's Series Best Reality Series
  • Masterchef Australia – Marty Benson, Tim Toni, Rob Wallace - Network Ten
    • First Dates – Geraldine Orrock, Bikkie Proost, Brad Gustafson - Seven Network
    • My Kitchen Rules – Matt Apps, Joe Herdman, Rikkie Proost - Seven Network
    • The Recruit – Luke Tuncliffe, Lara Hopkins - Foxtel/Fox8
Best Lifestyle Program
Best Lead Actor – Drama Best Lead Actress – Drama
Best Guest or Supporting Actor – Drama Best Guest or Supporting Actress – Drama
Best Direction in a Drama or Comedy Best Direction in a Light Entertainment, Lifestyle or Reality Series
  • Michael Venables – The Recruit, Episode 2 – Foxtel/Fox8
    • Hayden Guppy – Luke Warm Sex, Episode 4 – It's A Pleasure To Meet You – ABC
    • Richard Franc – MasterChef Australia, Episode 41 – Network Ten
    • Claude Gonzalez – Meet the Mavericks, Episode 1 – Ben Quilty & Warwick Thornton – ABC
Best Comedy Performance Best Screenplay in Television
Best Cinematography in Television Best Editing in Television
Best Sound in Television Best Original Music Score in Television
  • Guntis Sics, Michol Marsh, Peter Hall, Olivia Monteith – Rake, Episode 7 – ABC
    • John McKerrow, Glenn Newnham, Cameron Grant, Blair Slater, Andrew Neil, Paul Pirola – The Beautiful Lie, Episode 6 – ABC
    • Wes Chew, Luke Mynott, Tom Herdman, Mick Boraso, Blair Slater, Nick Emond – Deep Water, Chapter 1 – SBS
    • Ernie Rose, Tim Milliken, Michael Letho, Todd Shattock – RocKwiz Episode 7 – RocKwiz Salutes the Legends of Australia – SBS
Best Production Design in Television Best Costume Design in Television


  • Hitting Home – Nial Fulton, Sarah Ferguson, Ivan O'Mahoney - ABC
    • #blacklivesmatter – Sally Sara, Matthew Davis - ABC
    • Changing Minds: The Inside Story – Karina Holden, Alison Black, Jenni Wilks - ABC
    • Matilda and Me – Ivan O'Mahoney, Nial Fulton, Nel Minchin - ABC
Best Direction in a Documentary Best Cinematography in a Documentary
  • Anna Broinowski – Hanson: Please Explain - SBS
    • Cian O'Clery – Changing Minds: The Inside Story Episode 1 - ABC
    • Eva Orner – Chasing Asylum
    • Nicole Ma – Putuparri and the Rainmakers
  • Dan Jackson – In the Shadow of the Hill
    • Matt Nettheim – Another Country
    • Simon Morris, Cian O'Clery – Changing Minds: The Inside Story Episode 1 - ABC
    • Simon Morris – DNA Nation Episode 3 - SBS
Best Editing in a Documentary Best Sound in a Documentary
  • Steven Robinson, Dan Jackson – In the Shadow of the Hill
  • James Currie, Pete Smith, Tom Heuzenroeder – Highly Strung
    • James Currie, Tom Heuzenroeder – Another Country
    • Andy Wright, Diego Ruiz, Mario Vaccaro, Adam Connolly – Chasing Asylum
    • Mark Street, Doron Kipen, Dan Jackson – In the Shadow of the Hill
Best Original Music Score in a Documentary

Short filmEdit

Oscar Wilde's The Nightingale and the Rose – Angie Fielder, Brendan Fletcher and Del Kathryn Barton

  • The Albatross – Joel Best, Alex Jeremy and Alex Karonis
  • The Crossing – Marieka Walsh and Donna Chang
  • Femme Enfant – Bonnie Forsyth and Grace Lim
Best Short Fiction Film

Dream Baby – Lucy Gaffy and Kiki Dillon

  • Bluey – Darlene Johnson and Heather Oxenham
  • Homebodies – Yianni Warnock and Charles Williams
  • Nathan Loves Ricky Martin – Steven Arriagada, Llewellyn Michael Bates and Bryan Chau

Other awardsEdit

Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Glenn Melenhorst and Ineke Majoor – Game of Thrones, season six, episode 9: "Battle of the Bastards" (Showcase)

  • Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Sam Conway, Hubert Maston and Anthony Smith – Game of Thrones, The Winds of Winter (Showcase)
  • Eric Durst, Jack Geist, Andrew Hellen, James Whitlam and Julian Dimsey – Gods of Egypt
  • John Dykstra, Matt Sloan, Blondel Aidoo, Stephen Hamilton, Tim Crosbie and Dennis Jones – X-Men: Apocalypse

Kath Brown, Simon Joseph and Troy Follington – Cleverman (ABC)

Special awardsEdit

Productions with multiple nominationsEdit

Feature filmEdit


  1. ^ Dawson, Abigail (8 December 2016). "AACTA Awards and Highway Patrol win the night for Seven". Mumbrella. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "AACTA awards return to Seven, new hair and makeup award announced". Inside Film (IF). 20 April 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  3. ^ "AACTA unveils documentary and short film nominees". Inside Film (IF). 14 July 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  4. ^ "The Search for Australia's Best TV of 2016 is on as AACTA Calls for Entries, Announces Five New Awards" (PDF). Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). 12 May 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-09-16. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Hacksaw Ridge leads with 13 AACTA nominations". Sky News. 27 October 2016. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  6. ^ Boland, Michaela (7 December 2016). "Paul Hogan 'mystified' by Longford Lyell Lifetime Achievement Award". The Australian. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  7. ^ Vought, Yasmin (7 December 2016). "Isla Fisher thanks Donald Trump for her AACTA Award". Yahoo7. Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 8 December 2016.

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