ABC, SBS and TEN dominate AFI Award nominations

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Hawke leads this year's TV nominees in the AFI Awards while ABC and SBS have plenty to smile about.

The Australian Film Institute has announced its nominees for 2010, with Animal Kingdom and Beneath Hill 60 leading the film categories.

In the television categories, TEN's telemovie Hawke leads the pack with six nominations including Best Direction and Best Screenplay as well as Lead Actor in a Television Drama for Richard Roxburgh. It's only competition for Telefeature, Miniseries or Short Run Series is also from TEN -- A Model Daughter: The Killing Of Caroline Byrne.

In the all-important Best Television Drama category, the nominees are The Circuit (SBS), Rush (TEN), Spirited (W) and Tangle (Showcase). Tangle received the second-highest amount of nominations with five, including Best Lead Actress nods for Justine Clarke and Catherine McClements.

Also up for Best Actress are Cheree Cassidy for Underbelly: The Golden Mile and Poppy Lee Friar for the ABC kid's drama Dead Gorgeous. Joining Roxburgh in the Best Actor stakes are Garry McDonald for A Model Daughter: The Killing Of Caroline Byrne, Aaron Pedersen for The Circuit, and Corey McKernan for Lockie Leonard. It is impressive that two younger actors are nominated alongside adult performers.

There are just three nominees in the Comedy category, all of them with public broadcasters: Review With Myles Barlow (ABC), Lowdown (ABC) and Wilfred (SBS). Best Comedy Performer nominations are Lowdown's Paul Denny, Wilfred's Jason Gann and Phil Lloyd who plays the title role in Review With Myles Barlow.

Andrew Denton's production company, Zapruder's Other Films, has two nominations in Best Light Entertainment with The Gruen Transfer and Hungry Beast (both ABC). They will take on the almighty MasterChef Australia and the feel-good Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation (both TEN). A hard one to pick!

Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama sees Offspring's Deborah Mailman compete with Sacha Horler and Asher Keddie -- both in Hawke -- plus Linda Cropper in Satisfaction (Showcase). Among the males, Damien Garvey is nominated for Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Rhys Muldoon for Lockie Leonard, John Waters for Offspring and Ben Winspear for My Place.

ABC kid's dramas fared well in the children's category with Dance Academy, Dead Gorgeous and My Place all set to take on Nine's Lockie Leonard.

Both ABS and SBS dominate the documentaries nominated, which include such titles as Inside The Firestorm, Disable Bodied Sailors, Kokoda and Liberal Rule: The Politics That Changed Australia.

The awards will be held in Melbourne on December 11, with an Industry Awards night on December 10.

The AFI Awards will air on Nine, hosted by Shane Jacobson.

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