Australian gets most AACTA nominations

Actor Damon Herriman (left) has received most nominations in the annual AACTA awards.
Actor Damon Herriman (left) has received most nominations in the annual AACTA awards.

He appeared in one of Hollywood's biggest movies of 2019 and now Australian actor Damon Herriman has made history with his four AACTA award nominations.

Herriman, who played Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has become the record holder for the most nominations across performance categories in a single year.

He's been recognised for his acting in films Judy & Punch and The Nightingale, and television shows Mr Inbetween and Lambs of God after the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards announced its nominations on Wednesday.

Foxtel drama Lambs of God also made AACTA history with its 18 nominations in television - the most ever received by the academy.

Thriller The Nightingale received 15 nominations, including Best Film, alongside Hotel Mumbai, Judy & Punch, The King, Top End Wedding and Ride Like a Girl.

Top End Wedding actress Miranda Tapsell received her first AACTA nominations for Best Lead Actress and Best Performance in a Television Comedy in Get Krack!n.

Nazanin Boniadi (Hotel Mumbai), Aisling Franciosi (The Nightingale), Teresa Palmer (Ride Like a Girl) and Mia Wasikowska (Judy & Punch) are also competing for Best Lead Actress.

Best Lead Actor nominees include Timothee Chalamet (The King), Baykali Ganambarr (The Nightingale), Damon Herriman (Judy & Punch), Dev Patel (Hotel Mumbai) and Hugo Weaving (Hearts and Bones).

The award for television's Best Drama Series is between Stan's Bloom, ABC's Total Control, and Foxtel's Mr Inbetween, Wentworth and Secret City: Under the Eagle.

Reality television newcomers Lego Masters Australia and The Masked Singer are both up for Best Entertainment Program against Hard Quiz, Australia's Got Talent and Australian Ninja Warrior.

Recognising the popularity of YouTube, there will also be an inaugural award for Best Online Entertainment with toy reviewers, a comedian, a beauty vlogger and more in the running.

Winners will be announced at the AACTA awards luncheon and ceremony in December.

AACTA Award nominations:

BEST FILM

* Hotel Mumbai

* Judy & Punch

* The King

* The Nightingale

* Ride Like a Girl

* Top End Wedding

BEST LEAD ACTOR

* Timothee Chalamet, The King

* Baykali Ganambarr, The Nightingale

* Damon Herriman, Judy & Punch

* Dev Patel, Hotel Mumbai

* Hugo Weaving, Hearts and Bones

BEST LEAD ACTRESS

* Nazanin Boniadi, Hotel Mumbai

* Aisling Franciosi, The Nightingale

* Teresa Palmer, Ride Like a Girl

* Miranda Tapsell, Top End Wedding

* Mia Wasikowska, Judy & Punch

BEST DRAMA SERIES

* Bloom (Stan)

* Mr Inbetween (Foxtel - Showcase)

* Secret City: Under the Eagle (Foxtel - Showcase)

* Total Control (ABC)

* Wentworth (Foxtel - Showcase)

Australian Associated Press