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The Sapphires sweeps Australian movie awards

The Sapphires

Story by Jack Foley

THE Sapphires has swept the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (AACTA), picking up 11 gongs in total.

The musical comedy, which is based on the true story of an Aboriginal girl group who travelled to Vietnam to entertain the troops, was named best film.

Chris O’Dowd, who plays the group’s manager, won best actor, while co-star Deborah Mailman was named best actress and Jessica Mauboy took best supporting actress.

Wayne Blair also collected the best director prize, while the film also won best adapted screenplay and five technical awards.

The awards ceremony was held at Sydney’s Star Casino and was hosted by Russell Crowe. Australian stars Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush also attended, with Kidman handing Mauboy her prize.

Another of the night’s notable winners was the psychological thriller Wish You Were Here, starring Joel Edgerton.

The film took best original screenplay, while co-star Antony Starr picked up best supporting actor.

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