We wonder if the fact that Russell Crowe has hosted this particular awards show THREE TIMES has anything to do with this win! JK!
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards — also known as the AACTA Awards — were presented in Sydney, Australia on Thursday.
For the first time in four decades, the Best Film prize was a tie!
Russell’s The Water Diviner — for which he directed and starred — was the most successful Australian movie of 2014, while The Babadook was that rarest of creatures — a critically lauded horror film!
Babadook also won Best Original Screenplay and Best Director for Jennifer Kent, in her first feature film debut!
Sadly, neither of these gems got any Oscar love!
Here’s what Jennifer Kent said when she won her award:
“One thing I know is the rest of the world loves Australian film and I hope one day we love it as much as they do. I would love to make more films here and I hope I do.”
We hope so, too!
Maybe Russell Crowe can join work on Jennifer’s next film. We bet he wouldn’t be talking about actresses so much if he was in the presence of a powerful female director!