Claudia Karvan in a scene from the TV series The Time of Our Lives. Supplied by ABC TV. Please credit photo to Ben King.
Claudia Karvan in a scene from the TV series The Time of Our Lives. Supplied by ABC TV. Please credit photo to Ben King. BEN KING PHOTOGRAPHER

Neck deep in awards shows as I say farewell

WE are neck-deep in awards shows, ladies and gentlemen.

And that's a blessing if you love red carpets, awkward interviews and that endlessly fascinating game of "let's see celebrities pretend to be normal people while being blinded by the white-hot glare of intense public scrutiny".

Perhaps my favourite game of all...

We've already had the Golden Globes. They are always good fun, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host with comedic aplomb and there's always a moment or two worth YouTubing and laughing at later.

The Screen Actors Guild awards are on January 25, the BAFTAs are on February 8 and the Oscars on February 22.

Here in good ol' Oz, and two awards shows that precisely no one from overseas will be madly searching to stream online are the AACTAs on January 19 and the Logies on May 3.

In summary, a whole lotta Spanx, Je Suis Charlie badges and hairspray.

Two reasons to watch the AACTAs are: Cate Blanchett and Deborah Mailman hosting and a free-to-air broadcast that does not start at 1am.

Network Ten will air the Sydney ceremony, like a mini and very Aussie Golden Globes, on January 29 at 8:30pm.

Now to the Logies. I have long been a critic of this awards show as being little on style and even littler on substance; a bit of a joke.

But this is my last Square Eyes column, so I want to go out on a positive note. Let's celebrate anything that honours an industry that employs a lot of people and entertains many more.

I voted in the Logies this year. Here are my picks.

  • Most popular actor: Richard Roxburgh (Rake);
  • Most popular actress: Claudia Karvan (The Time of Our Lives / The Broken Shore/Puberty Blues);
  • Most popular presenter: Annabel Crabb (Kitchen Cabinet);
  • Gold Logie: Claudia Karvan;
  • Most popular new talent: Harriet Dyer (Love Child);
  • Most popular drama: A Place to Call Home;
  • Most popular light entertainment: The Project;
  • Most popular reality: The Amazing Race Australia:
  • Most popular sports: Saturday Night Footy Pre-Game Show;
  • Most popular lifestyle: The Living Room.

Goodbye, thanks for reading and good luck.


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