Acclaimed Cate Shortland film Somersault had a record-breaking night at the AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS last night (29OCT04), picking up a staggering 13 prizes.

The coming-of-age film claimed all the night's acting awards among its haul to become the AFI's most successful film.

Writer/director Shortland also walked away with honours for Best Direction and Best Original Screenplay.

It was also a big night for movie star Naomi Watts, who was presented with the night's AFI Global Achievement Award, and the Best Foreign Film prize went to New Zealander Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings: THE RETURN OF THE KING.

Meanwhile, drama MARKING TIME was the big winner in the TV awards section, claiming honours for Best Miniseries, BestScreenplay, Best Direction and all acting categories.

The top winners were:

Best Film: SOMERSAULT

Best Direction: CATE SHORTLAND (SOMERSAULT) Best Original Screenplay: CATE SHORTLAND (SOMERSAULT) Best Editing: SCOTT GRAY (SOMERSAULT) Best Cinematography: ROBERT HUMPHREYS (SOMERSAULT) Best Sound: Mark Blackwell, PETER SMITH + SAM PETTY (SOMERSAULT) Best Original Music Score: DECODER RING (SOMERSAULT) Best Production Design: MELINDA DORING (SOMERSAULT) Best Costume Design: EMILY SERESIN (SOMERSAULT) Best Actress: Abbie Cornish (SOMERSAULT) Best Actor: Sam Worthington (SOMERSAULT) Best Supporting Actress: Lynette Curran (SOMERSAULT) Best Supporting Actor: ERIK THOMSON (SOMERSAULT)

Best Foreign Film: LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

Best Young Actor: NATASHA WANGANEEN

Byron Kennedy Award: JOHN CLARKE

Life Achievement Award: Patricia Lovell

Global Achievement Award: NAOMI WATTS

01/11/2004 10:50