2008 Australian Film Institute Awards

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50th Australian Film Institute Awards
Date5–6 December 2008
Best FilmThe Black Balloon
Best DirectionElissa Down
The Black Balloon
Best ActorWilliam McInnes
Unfinished Sky
Best ActressMonic Hendrickx
Unfinished Sky
Supporting ActorLuke Ford
The Black Balloon
Supporting ActressToni Collette
The Black Balloon

The 50th Annual Australian Film Institute Awards for film and television acting achievement in the cinema of Australia in 2008 were presented in a ceremony on 5–6 December 2008. During the ceremony, the Australian Film Institute presented Australian Film Institute Awards (commonly referred to as AFI Awards) in 40 categories including feature films, television, animation and documentaries. It was hosted by Stephen Curry of TV1's The King.

The nominees for Best Documentary, Best Short Fiction Film and Best Short Animation were announced on 7 August whilst all the other nominees were announced at the Nominations Announcement in Sydney on 29 October. The Black Balloon had the most nominations with a total of 11 including Best Film.

Winners of major awards[edit]

This is a breakdown of winners of major awards categories only. For a complete list of nominees and winners, see 50th Australian Film Institute Awards nominees and winners.


Feature films[edit]

Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Lead Actor Best Lead Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Cinematography Best Editing
Best Original Music Score Best Sound
Best Production Design Best Costume Design

Additional Awards[edit]

Award Winner Film
Best International Actor Heath Ledger The Dark Knight
Best International Actress Cate Blanchett Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Young Actor Award Danielle Catanzariti Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger
Byron Kennedy Award Chris Lilley Summer Heights High
Reader's Choice Award Hugh Jackman Australia
Australia's Favourite Film Award The Castle Working Dog Productions




Award Winner Series
Best Direction in Television Peter Andrikidis Underbelly


Best Performance in a Television Comedy


Award Winner Series
Best Screenplay on Television Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner and Rob Sitch The Hollowmen

Multiple nominations[edit]


The following films received multiple nominations.


The following television series received multiple nominations.