The stars come to town for the Steves

Best underactor award winner: Ryan Gosling

By Kimberley Schloss

It was a night for the illiterati and the frittatarati at Cairns Reef Casino last night as the fourth annual North Queensland Academy Awards were presented.

Host, Karl Stefanovic opened the evening with an hilarious monologue lampooning everyone from David Koch to Sam Armytage. Later, Karl showed that he really is the complete entertainment package with his all-singing-all-dancing rendition of the Richard Wilkins classic kiwi tone-poem, ‘In that movie that we saw, you sucked my duck.’

Emma Stone clutches her Steve

World War Two film, Hacksaw Ridge, was the big winner, taking away the Best Picture Steve, and the Best Director Steve for Mel Gibson.

The night ended on a euphoric note with Karl Stefanovic leading the Gay Men’s Choir of Whitfield in a stirring rendition of Rachel Platten’s Fight Song.

Full list of awards:

  • Best Underactor in a leading role: Ryan Gosling (La La Land);
  • Best Overactor in a leading role: Emma Stone (La La Land);
  • Best Original Script: Alby Mangels and Judy Green (World Safari 6);
  • Best Script Adaptation: Hamish Blake (Pumpkin Gerrymander, from the novel by John Bjelke-Petersen);
  • Best Short Film (Fiction): Crocodile Vindaloo (Red Robbins, producer);
  • Best Short Film (Documentary): Air(port) B&B (Andrew Johns, producer);
  • Best Star Wars movie: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Adele Adkins, producer);
  • Best Costume Design: Ivanka Trump (World Safari 5);
  • Best Score: Peter Blakeney (World Safari 6);
  • Best Television Nudity: Game of Thrones Season 6;
  • Best Television News Outtro: Paul Taylor;
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Non-Speaking Role (film): Daniel Craig (Star Wars: The Force Awakens);
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Non-Speaking Role (Television): Coen Hess (The Man in the High Castle)
  • Best Mexican Film: No Manches Frida (Nacho G Velilla, director)
  • Dan Murphy’s Award for Best Director: Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge);
  • Bunnings Award for Best Picture: Hacksaw Ridge (Michael Bassick and Lawrence Bender, producers).

Published by murraymurchison

Editor in Chief at the Trinity Beach Plain Dealer

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