While the Awards season rages on, it’s worthwhile shining a light on what’s going on in Australia. The annual AFCA Film Award nominations have been announced, and there’s a wealth of great films up for consideration.

AFCA – the Australian Film Critics Association – is made up with members who are film critics, reviewers, and journalists. All members cover a wide array of Australian films and world cinema, with the Association seeking to foster an appreciation of significant or challenging films that may have been neglected.

Each year, the Association rewards the best of the best, with a keen focus on Australian films, as well as a smattering of international films.

The 2019 nominations have been announced, and (thankfully), the Australian film critics have gotten behind one of the finest Australian films in years and rewarded Sweet Country with a stunning nine nominations, including two for cinematographer/director Warwick Thornton. It’s followed up by Breath (which gained triple threat Simon Baker three nominations) and Ladies in Black which scored six nominations each, and Cargo with six nominations, and finally, Strange Colours with four nominations. All of these films were nominated for Best Picture and Best Director.

Rounding out the nominations were nods for Boy Erased, West of Sunshine, Brothers’ Nest, 1%, The Merger and Upgrade.

But that wasn’t the end of the nods for Australian films, with three Australian documentaries making it into the Best Documentary category – Backtrack Boys, Gurrumul, Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy.

The winners will be announced at the ceremony on February 15th.

Check out the rest of the nominations below:



AUSTRALIAN CATEGORIES


BEST FILM

Breath

Cargo

Ladies in Black

Strange Colours

Sweet Country


BEST DIRECTOR

Simon Baker – Breath

Bruce Beresford – Ladies in Black

Ben Howling & Yolande Ramke – Cargo

Alena Lodkina – Strange Colours

Warwick Thornton – Sweet Country


BEST ACTOR

Martin Freeman – Cargo

Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased

Damian Hill – West of Sunshine

Shane Jacobson – Brothers’ Nest

Hamilton Morris – Sweet Country


BEST ACTRESS

Kate Cheel – Strange Colours

Abbey Lee – 1%

Kate Mulvaney – The Merger

Julia Ormond – Ladies in Black

Angourie Rice – Ladies in Black


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Simon Baker – Breath

Bryan Brown – Sweet Country

Ryan Corr – Ladies in Black

Russell Crowe – Boy Erased

Ewen Leslie – Sweet Country

Sam Neill – Sweet Country


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Lynette Curran – Brothers’ Nest

Elizabeth Debicki – Breath

Natassia Gorey-Furber – Sweet Country

Nicole Kidman – Boy Erased

Susie Porter – Cargo


BEST SCREENPLAY

Jamie Brown – Brothers’ Nest

Gerard Lee & Simon Baker – Breath

Steven McGregor & David Tranter – Sweet Country

Jason Raftopolous – West of Sunshine

Leigh Whannell – Upgrade


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Marden Dean & Rick Rifici – Breath

Peter James – Ladies in Black

Michael Latham – Strange Colours

Geoffrey Simpson – Cargo

Warwick Thornton – Sweet Country



INTERNATIONAL CATEGORIES


BEST FILM (ENGLISH LANGUAGE)

A Star is Born

BlacKkKlansman

Bohemian Rhapsody

Leave No Trace

You Were Never Really Here


BEST FILM (FOREIGN LANGUAGE)

Cold War

Custody

Roma

Shoplifters

The Insult


BEST DOCUMENTARY

Backtrack Boys

Gurrumul

Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy

RBG

Won’t You Be My Neighbor