Australia – In a first for the local film industry, two Australian films have been nominated for best motion picture, with both Lion and Hacksaw Ridge in contention for the prestigious title, and both films sweeping the awards categories earning six nominations each.

Lion has been nominated for best motion picture, best actor in a supporting role (Dev Patel), best actress in a supporting role (Nicole Kidman), best-adapted screenplay (Luke Davies), best cinematography (Greig Fraser) and best original score (Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka). The film received Screen Australia funding and was shot in India, Tasmania and Victoria. Having only opened on 19 January 2017, Lion has already taken more than $5m at the local box office.

Hacksaw Ridge has received six nominations including best motion picture, best director (Mel Gibson), best actor in a leading role (Andrew Garfield), best film editing (John Gilbert), best sound editing (Andy Wright and Robert Mackenzie) and best sound mixing (Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, Peter Grace and Kevin O’Connell). The film received the Federal Government’s Producer Offset administered by Screen Australia, and was shot in Australia. Hacksaw Ridge was the number one Australian movie at the 2016 box office, and as at 23 January 2017, Rentrak reported the film had taken $205m globally, including an incredible $77m in China alone.