7th AACTA Awards

The 7th Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (generally known as the AACTA Awards) took place on 6 December 2017. Presented by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), the awards celebrated the best in Australian feature film, television, documentary and short film productions of 2017. A record number of thirty five feature films were submitted for competition.[2] The main ceremony was televised in Australia by the Seven Network.

7th AACTA Awards
Date4 December 2017 (industry luncheon) and
6 December 2017 (main ceremony)
LocationThe Star Event Centre
Most awardsFilm: Lion (12)
Most nominationsFilm: Lion (12)
TV: Blue Murder: Killer Cop (11); Top of the Lake: China Girl (11)
Best FilmLion
Best Drama SeriesTop of the Lake: China Girl
Best Comedy SeriesUtopia
Television/radio coverage
NetworkSeven Network

Recipients and nominationsEdit


Feature filmEdit

  • Robert Mackenzie, Glenn Newnham, Nakul Kamte, Andrew Ramage, James Ashton, Mario Vaccaro – Lion
    • Liam Egan, Trevor Hope, Robert Sullivan, Yulia Akerholt, James Andrews, Les Fiddess – Jasper Jones
    • Serge Lacroix, Cate Cahill, Francis Byrne – Killing Ground
    • Wayne Pashley, Rick Lisle, Fabian Sanjurgo, Michael Semanick, Gregg Landaker – The LEGO® Batman Movie


  • Top of the Lake: China Girl (Foxtel/BBC First) – Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Jane Campion, Philippa Campbell, Libby Sharpe
    • Cleverman (ABC) – Rosemary Blight, Sharon Lark, Ryan Griffen, Jane Allen
    • Glitch (ABC) – Louise Fox, Tony Ayres, Julie Eckersley, Chris Oliver-Taylor
    • Janet King – Playing Advantage (ABC) – Lisa Scott, Karl Zwicky, Greg Haddrick
    • Wentworth (Foxtel/Showcase) – Jo Porter, Pino Amenta
  • Utopia (ABC) – Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Rob Sitch, Michael Hirsh
  • Australian Ninja Warrior (Nine Network) – Julie Ward, Mark Barlin, Sophia Mogford
    • Gruen (ABC) – Wil Anderson, Nick Murray, Richard Huddleston, Polly Connolly
    • Hard Quiz (ABC) – Chris Walker, Kevin Whyte, Charlie Pickering, Tom Gleeson
    • Julia Zemiro's Home Delivery (ABC) – Damian Davis, Nick Murray, Polly Connolly, Nick Price
Best Cinematography in Television
Best Editing in Television
Best Sound in Television
  • Stephen Smith, Liam Price, Paul Brincat, Shanti Burn and Tony Murtagh – Wake in Fright (Network Ten) for Episode 1: "Part 1"
    • Tim Chaproniere, Emile De La Ray, Matt Stutter, Paul Brincat, Nigel Scott and Chris Sinclair – Cleverman (ABC) for Episode 3: "Dark Clouds"
    • Luke Mynott, David Lee and Tony Vaccher – Top of the Lake: China Girl (Foxtel/BBC First) for Episode 4: "Birthday"
    • Stephen Witherow, Justin Lloyd, Ian MacWilliams, Dan Young, Nigel Croyden and Stefan Kluka – Seven Types of Ambiguity (ABC) for Episode 1: "Joe"
Best Original Music Score in Television
Best Production Design in Television
Best Costume Design in Television

Subscription televisionEdit

Subscription Television Award for Best Female Presenter
Subscription Television Award for Best Male Presenter
Subscription Television Award for Best Live Event Production
Subscription Television Award for Best New Talent

Documentary and short filmEdit

Best Documentary Television Program
  • War on Waste (ABC) – Jodi Boylan
    • In My Own Words (NITV) – Darren Dale
    • Man Up (ABC) – Jennifer Cummins, Danielle Brigham and Jackie Turnure
    • Servant Or Slave (NITV) – Mitchell Stanley, Michaela Perske and Hetti Perkins
Best Short Fiction Film
  • The Eleven O'Clock – Derin Seale, Josh Lawson, Karen Bryson
    • Miro – Victoria Wharfe McIntyre, Fran Dobbie, Amadeo Marquez-Perez
    • Mrs McCutcheonJohn Sheedy, Andre Lima, Jenny Vila
    • Slapper – Luci Schroder, Jason Byrne, Michael Latham, Stephanie Westwood
  • Lost Property Office – Daniel Agdag, Liz Kearney
    • After All – Michael Cusack, Richard Chataway
    • BarbaraLarissa Behrendt, Marieka Walsh, Kiki Dillon, Michaela Perske
    • The Wall – Nick Baker, Tristan Klein
Best Cinematography in a Documentary
  • Jody Muston and Jon Shaw – Blue
    • Simon Morris – Deep Water: The Real Story
    • Simon Chapman – Servant or Slave (NITV)
    • Abraham Joffe – Tales by Light (Foxtel/National Geographic) for Episode 3: "Life and Death"
Best Editing in a Documentary
  • Lawrie Silvestrin – Whiteley
    • Vanessa Milton – Blue
    • Terry Carlyon – Conviction (ABC)
    • Orly Danon – The Surgery Ship (Foxtel/Nat Geo People) for Episode 1: "The Power of Yes & No"
Best Sound in a Documentary
  • Ric Curtin, John Simpson and Lawrie Silvestrin – Whitely
    • David White, Cate Cahill, Dan Miau and Sarah Henty – Blue
    • Ben Banks and Keith Thomas – Conviction (ABC)
    • Keith Thomas, Livia Ruzic and Mark Tarpey – The Family
Best Original Music Score in a Documentary
  • Ash Gibson Greig – Whiteley
    • Ash Gibson Greig – Blue
    • Amanda BrownThe Family
    • George Papanicolaou – Servant or Slave (NITV)

Additional awardsEdit

Best Asian Film
Best Online Video or Series
  • RackaRacka – Danny Philippou, Michael Philippou, Judd Wild and Timani Seve
    • Doodles – Charlie Aspinwall, Daley Pearson, Meg O’Connell and Benjamin Zaugg
    • High Life – Luke Eve and Adam Dolman
    • Superwog – Paul Walton, Theodore Saidden and Nathan Saidden
    • The Katering Show Tamasin Simpkin, Kate McCartney, Kate McLennan and Kevin Whyte

Special awardsEdit


  1. ^ Tutty, Josie (7 December 2017). "Struggle Street beats Seven's AACTA Awards on Wednesday night". Mumbrella. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  2. ^ Keast, Jackie (17 August 2017). "AACTA Awards 2017: feature films in competition and doco nominees unveiled". IF Magazine. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
  3. ^ Convery, Stephanie (4 December 2017). "Aacta awards 2017: Lion and Ali's Wedding sweep early categories". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  4. ^ Maddox, Garry (6 December 2017). "AACTA Awards 2017 winners: Lion roared with clean sweep and youngest best actor". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 December 2017.

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