Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are all smiles during their night out at the AACTA International Awards!
"La La Land" topped "Arrival", "Hacksaw Ridge", "Lion" and "Manchester by the Sea".
In addition to winning the best-film award, Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" received the award for Best Lead Actress for Emma Stone, who is also nominated for her role at Sunday's Golden Globe Awards.
Garth Davis'Lion, the true story of Saroo Brierley's efforts to track down his birth mother in India 25 years after they were separated, garnered two awards, for Dev Patel as supporting actor and Nicole Kidman as supporting actress.
Gibson received the award for Best Direction for World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge", which dominated at AACTA's domestic Awards in Sydney last month with nine awards, including Best Direction. Casey Affleck was honored as best actor for his turn in Manchester by the Sea as the film's writer-director, Kenneth Lonergan, took home the best screenplay award.
"From historical biopics and dramas to a tribute to the Golden Age of musical films, it's wonderful to see such a dynamic mix of global and Australian achievement honored tonight", said AFI/AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella in a statement. "For the past six years, the voting patterns of the Australian Academy's worldwide chapter have often indicated those of the SAG Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTAs and the Oscars".
Around half the 140-odd members of the worldwide chapter of AACTA are Academy Awards voters, mostly US -based Aussie actors, directors and writers.
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