The Australian Film Commission today congratulated George Miller, Cate Blanchett, Peter Templeman and Stuart Parkyn on their Academy Award nominations announced overnight in Los Angeles.
George Miller's Happy Feet was nominated for Best Animated Feature, following hot on the heels of the film's national and international box office success. The animated adventure tale of a misfit penguin has taken more than A$442.35 million internationally to date.
Cate Blanchett received a nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her portrayal of a middle-aged, middle-class art teacher who crosses a moral line when she sleeps with a 15-year-old student in Notes on a Scandal.
Peter Templeman and Stuart Parkyn's short film The Saviour, produced by the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film. The film screened in competition at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Short Film at the Slamdance Film Festival in the US, making it eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award. The film tells the story of a gentle, effective door-to-door evangelist who is in love with a married woman.
The Saviour's nomination is the fourth consecutive year an Australian short film has been nominated for the Academy Awards. Anthony Lucas' animated short The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello was nominated in 2005, Sejong Park's Birthday Boy was nominated in 2004, and Adam Elliot's Harvie Krumpet won Best Animated Short Film in 2003.
"The international standing of Australia's film industry is reflected in the number and variety of nominations for Australians. This is an excellent achievement for the local industry and the AFC congratulates all those nominated," said Chris Fitchett, Acting Chief Executive of the AFC.
The 79th Annual Academy Awards will be presented on 25 February 2007 in Los Angeles.