Stateless, Invisible Man and Kelly Gang take early AACTA Awards

The ABC refugee drama Stateless, international cinema hit The Invisible Man and wild bushranger tale True History of the Kelly Gang have dominated the first stage of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.

At the industry ceremony for behind-the-scenes work – hosted online by comedian Claire Hooper on Friday night – Stateless won six awards including best cinematography, costume design, editing, original score, production design and sound in television.

Six awards already: Fayssal Bazzi and Soraya Heidari in Stateless.

Six awards already: Fayssal Bazzi and Soraya Heidari in Stateless.Credit:Ben King

It has been nominated for 18 awards over two ceremonies, with the remaining categories to be announced at the main AACTA Awards on Monday.

Director Leigh Whannell's The Invisible Man, the horror-thriller that has taken $US130 million ($176 million) around the world, won best cinematography, editing and sound in film.

That trio of awards was matched by Justin Kurzel's True History of the Kelly Gang, which won best costume design, production design and hair and make-up.

Winner of best cinematography, editing and sound in film: Elisabeth Moss in The Invisible Man.

Winner of best cinematography, editing and sound in film: Elisabeth Moss in The Invisible Man.Credit:Universal

Shannon Murphy's Babyteeth, an artful drama about a schoolgirl diagnosed with cancer, won best casting and original score.

It leads the film nominations with 12 and is favourite to win the top prize at the main awards.

Composer Amanda Brown, former violinist with The Go-Betweens, carried off a double with wins for her scores for the documentary Brazen Hussies as well as Babyteeth.


In other documentary awards, best cinematography went to Australia's Ocean Odyssey: A Journey Down the East Australian Current, best editing went to Can Art Stop a Bullet: William Kelly’s Big Picture and best sound went to Suzi Q, while best direction in non-fiction television went to Maralinga Tjarutja.

Presenters at the industry awards included Rachel Griffiths, Ed Kavalee, Rhys Nicholson, Dilruk Jayasinha, Celia Pacquola and Bernard Curry.

The main awards will be at The Star in Sydney, with highlights screening on the Seven network on December 2 and Foxtel Arts on December 6.

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