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‘La La Land’ Wins Best Film at Australian Academy International Awards

Variety logo Variety 1/7/2017 Dave McNary
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La La Land” has dominated the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) International  Awards with trophies for Best Film and Best Lead Actress for Emma Stone.

“La La Land” topped “Arrival,” “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Lion” and “Manchester by the Sea.”

Nominees attending Friday night’s ceremonies at the Avalon Hollywood included Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Luke Hemsworth, Kenneth Lonergan, Harvey Weinstein, Sacha Baron Cohen and Joel Edgerton. Among those taking the stage were host Daniel MacPherson and presenters Isla Fisher, Ruby Rose, Julian McMahon, Alan Dale, Radha Mitchell, Damon Herriman, Luke Bracey and Simon Baker.

Gibson received the award for Best Direction for World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge,” which dominated at AACTA’s domestic Awards in Sydney last month with nine awards, including Best Direction.

“Manchester by the Sea” received two AACTA International Awards with Kenneth Lonergan receiving the Award for Best Screenplay, and Casey Affleck receiving the Award for Best Lead Actor.

The Weinstein Company’s drama “Lion” took awards for Dev Patel for Best Supporting Actor, while Australian actress Nicole Kidman received the Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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