Lion roars at AACTA Industry Luncheon with seven awards

The team from Racka Racka on the red carpet at the AACTA Luncheon, in Sydney, Monday, December 4, 2017.  (AAP Image/Ben Rushton) NO ARCHIVING
The team from Racka Racka on the red carpet at the AACTA Luncheon, in Sydney, Monday, December 4, 2017. (AAP Image/Ben Rushton) NO ARCHIVING
Josh Lawson on the red carpet at the AACTA Luncheon, in Sydney, Monday, December 4, 2017.  (AAP Image/Ben Rushton) NO ARCHIVING

Josh Lawson on the red carpet at the AACTA Luncheon, in Sydney, Monday, December 4, 2017. (AAP Image/Ben Rushton) NO ARCHIVING

Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola on the red carpet at the AACTA Luncheon, in Sydney, Monday, December 4, 2017. (AAP Image/Ben Rushton) NO ARCHIVING

Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola on the red carpet at the AACTA Luncheon, in Sydney, Monday, December 4, 2017. (AAP Image/Ben Rushton) NO ARCHIVING

Two days after president Geoffrey Rush stood down after a complaint of inappropriate behaviour, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts has launched into its annual awards season with Lion receiving yet more acclaim.

At the Academy's Industry Luncheon in Sydney on Monday, director Garth Davis' inspiring drama about an Indian-Australian man hunting for his birth mother won all seven craft awards it was nominated for - best adapted screenplay, cinematography, editing, sound, original music score, costume design and production design.

It is hot favourite to win best film and director at the main AACTA awards in Sydney on Wednesday.

As well as taking $US140 million at the worldwide box office, the recognition for Lion has included six Oscar and four Golden Globe nominations, two BAFTAs and two AACTA International Awards.

The only other feature film to get a look in at the luncheon was the comedy Ali's Wedding, which won best original screenplay.

In television drama, the big winner was the ABC's Seven Types of Ambiguity, which won best direction in a drama or comedy, best cinematography in television and best editing in television.

At an industry-focused ceremony at The Star, there was no reference to Rush or the flood of sexual harassment and abuse incidents that have been revealed in recent weeks.

The Oscar winner stepped down from the AACTA presidency after the Sydney Theatre Company revealed it had received a complaint against him of "inappropriate behaviour", which he denied.

The luncheon saw four awards for the documentary Whiteley, about artist Brett Whiteley. It won best direction, editing, original music score and sound in a documentary.

But the two winners for best documentary in different formats were the ABC's War on Waste, about how much rubbish Australia throws away (best television documentary), and Netflix's Casting JonBenet, an inventive take on the 1996 murder of beauty pageant contestant JonBenet Ramsey (best feature length documentary).

In one of the best received speeches at the ceremony, Casting JonBenet director Kitty Green spoke to the producers in the room saying: "Let women make movies. Let us take risks. Trust us. We'll surprise you."

Best television comedy series went to the ABC's Utopia, with best visual effects or animation going to the Iloura team who worked on Game of Thrones - The Spoils Of War.

Little Lunch - The Specials won best children's television series and Cleverman won best hair and make-up for the second consecutive year.

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