THE hit musical The Sapphires has dominated the nominations for next year's Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards.
Director Wayne Blair's debut film, about an indigenous girl group who rise from outback mission to become Vietnam War entertainers, leads the nominations for the country's equivalent of the Oscars with 12, including best film and direction.
Three of the cast are leading contenders for acting awards, with Deborah Mailman up for best actress, Chris O'Dowd for best actor and Jessica Mauboy for best supporting actress.
Up against The Sapphires for best film are Cate Shortland's German drama Lore, Kieran Darcy-Smith's Asian-holiday-goes-wrong tale Wish You Were Here and Jonathan Teplitzky's drama Burning Man, about a Bondi chef struggling with bereavement.
Despite a limited release which meant that it barely registered at the box office, Burning Man has been nominated for 10 awards, including Brit Matthew Goode as best actor and Essie Davis as best supporting actress.
Read more at Sydney Morning Herald
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