As part of the overall AFI Awards umbrella, the Australian Academy Awards honor screen excellence in Australia, similar to the Oscars or BAFTAs. Many of the award recipients may not make it into the Oscar conversation, but there's generally a film or two that can bounce off of these awards into the overall discussion.
This year's film is Hacksaw Ridge, the Mel Gibson-directed war film that all but swept the 6th Australian Academy Awards, including wins for Best Feature Film, Director, and Actor (Andrew Garfield).
The awards were given out at a ceremony at The Star Event Centre in Sydney on December 7, 2016.
Complete list of winners:
BEST FEATURE FILM
Bill Mechanic, David Permut, Paul Currie, Bruce Davey, producers
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Andrew Knight, Robert Schenkkan, writers
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Simon Stone, writer
Andrew Wright, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O'Connell, Mario Vaccaro, Tara Webb, Peter Grace
BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS OR ANIMATION
Joe Bauer, Steve Kullback, Glenn Melenhorst, Ineke Majoor
GAME OF THRONES - Battle of the Bastards (Season 6, Episode 9)
BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP
Kath Brown, Simon Joseph, Troy Follington