Luhrmann’s Gatsby cleans up at AACTAs

AFTER years of being snubbed by his own country, Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s latest film has scooped the pool at the AACTA awards.

His amazing recreation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby cleaned up in all but one of its nominated categories at a ceremony at The Star Event Centre in Sydney last night.

The singing, dancing extravaganza took out best film, best direction and best adapted screenplay, with Leonardo DiCaprio winning best lead actor for his role as Jay Gatsby.


Joel Edgerton (Tom Buchanan) and Elizabeth Debicki (Jordan Baker) picked up the supporting gongs, but Rose Byrne (The Turning) beat out Carey Mulligan (Daisy Buchanan) as best actress.

The Daily Telegraph reports, on Tuesday Gatsby also made a clean sweep of the craft awards, where it picked up seven statuettes in categories such as best cinematography, best production design, best costume design and best visual effects.

It had been more than 20 years since Luhrmann had gone home with a gong from the Australian industry awards – his last win was for Strictly Ballroom in 1992.

The incredible visionary, who’s also brought us Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and Australia said it was very special to be recognised by his country.

“It doesn’t happen very often,” Luhrmann said.

“It means something when your own country says you did okay – it’s like nothing else.”

In the TV categories, the Nine Network’s Power Games: The Murdoch Story picked up best actor (Lachy Hulme), best supporting actor (Luke Ford) and best director.

ABC TV’s Redfern Now: Series 2 won best drama series.

Claudia Karvan won best television performance for her perfectly prickly performance in The Time of Our Lives (ABC) and Kat Stewart won best supporting actress for Offspring (Network 10).