Australian-produced movie Red Dog won seven gongs, including 'Best Actor' for Josh Lucas and 'Best Direction' for Kriv Stenders.
The movie, which tells the story of a kelpie roaming the Outback in search of its owner, has broken records at the box office since it premiered in August.
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Lucas was unable to collect his prize in person as he is filming new series The Firm, but his canine co-star Koko went in his place. Red Dog producer Nelson Woss joked to The Daily Telegraph: "He is very happy to be here, although he is a bit grumpy that the film has gained nine nominations and there isn't a single one for him."
Emily Watson won 'Best Actress' for her portrayal of Notting Hill social worker Margaret Humphreys in Oranges and Sunshine, while Underbelly: Razor star Anna McGahan was given the 'Out of the Box' award for the person most likely to progress from a television to a movie career.
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The Great Gatsby actress Elizabeth Debicki attended the event and spoke on the red carpet about her co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. "He has a great stillness about him and a real sense of confidence that I could only dream of having," she said.
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Full list of winners:
Best Feature Film
Kriv Stenders, Red Dog
Josh Lucas, Red Dog
Emily Watson, Oranges and Sunshine
Daniel Taplitz, Red Dog
Geoff Hall, Red Dog
Best Production Design
Melinda Doring, Oranges and Sunshine
Cezary Skubiszewski, Red Dog
Veronika Jenet, Snowtown
Wayne Pashley, Polly McKimm, Derryn Pasquill, Fabian Sanjurjo, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
The Out of the Box Inside Film Award
Inside Film Award for Rising Talent
Living Legend Inside Film Award
Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton
Inside Film Award for Contribution to Television
Independent Spirit Inside Film Award
Best Music Video
'Magic' by Olivia Newton-John
Best Short Documentary
Umoja: No Men Allowed
Best Short Film
When the Wind Changes
Best Short Animation
The Missing Key
I Am Eleven
Best Film Festival
Dungog Film Festival
IF Award for Best Box Office Achievement
Watch the trailer for Red Dog below: