"I don't think of myself as either American or Australian really, I'm a true hybrid. It's a good thing for me because both of them are really good countries." - Mel Gibson
The AFI Awards honor 10 films and 10 television shows each year that are deemed "culturally and artistically representative of the year's most significant achievements in the art of the moving image."
This year’s movie picks are Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, Silence, Sully, and Zootopia. For TV, they are The Americans, Atlanta, Better Call Saul, The Crown, Game of Thrones, The Night Of, The People v. O.J. Simpson, Stranger Things, This Is Us, and Veep.
Mel Gibson, director of Hacksaw Ridge, and his colleague and film’s star Andrew Garfield were all smiles during the luncheon. Their film is up for two Golden Globe awards this Sunday.
Gibson, 61, attended the event with his pregnant girlfriend Rosalind Ross, 26. He was spotted patting her booty on the red carpet.
Mel Gibson and Nicole Kidman each picked up awards at this year's 6th annual AACTA International Awards. Australian actor-director Mel Gibson won best direction for his film, Hacksaw Ridge, while Kidman, was rewarded for her work on the film Lion.
The annual film awards event is a continuation of the AFI Awards, which were first presented in 1958.
Awards are given out to international productions in film, director, screenplay and performance categories.
The guest list included LA-based Australian actors such as Julian McMahon, Alan Dale, Damon Herriman, Simon Baker, Luke Bracey, Ruby Rose and Angus Sampson.
Also in attendance were the night's key nominees Nicole Kidman, Mel Gibson, Dev Patel, Joel Edgerton and Australia's consul-general in Los Angeles, Chelsey Martin.
Best Direction: Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Images from AFI and AACTA January 6th 2017
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