The TV Week Logies Awards are more than an annual television industry piss-up. What the Logies manages to do every year is what the ARIA Awards fail to do … unite an industry.
The TV Logie Awards matter because they celebrate the entire television spectrum. You only had to look at the list of Gold Logie nominees this year to see that, unlike the ARIA’s, this show is not based on the current pop product of the day.
The tell-tale moment was the In Memorium section, a sombre look at the people the industry lost in the past year … and it wasn’t about the celebrities. The Logies honoured people behind the scenes, cameramen, writers, directors, office workers alongside their star names. Most were names the public had never heard of but to the Television industry they were their stars.
The Australian television industry has been proactive in developing talent. Look around the world. The biggest shows on American television from the last 10 years star actors who got their break in Australian TV – Alex O’Loughlin on Hawaii Five 0, Alan Dale in NCIS, Simon Baker in The Mentalist, Rose Bryne in Damages, Jackie Weaver in Blunt Talk as well as Anthony LaPaglia, Julian McMahon, Rachel Griffith, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Ruby Rose, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, Phoebe Tonkin, Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Russell Crowe, Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman and it goes on.
While the Logies show itself often sets the cringe meter to Danger, what the show stands for is honourable and humbling. Sure you get Julia Morris doing whatever Julia Morris tries to do but you also get Lee Lin Chin, Noni Hazelhurst, Waleed Aly.
To have Waleed Aly, a Muslim lawyer who worked pro-bono for Human rights, win the highest honour in Australian TV the Gold Logie was indeed a proud moment for Australian TV. It says that the Australian television industry values quality over ratings … and that is a lesson that ARIA needs to learn.
The winners of the 2016 Logie Awards
Best Personality on Australian Television
(Waleed Aly, The Project)
(Waleed Aly, The Project)
(Erik Thomson, 800 Words)
(Jess Marais, Love Child)
Best New Talent
(Adam Dovile, Better Homes And Gardens)
Best Lifestyle Program
(The Living Room)
Best Sports Program
(The NRL Footy Show)
Best Entertainment Program
Best Reality Program
Best Drama Program
(Home And Away)
Best Factual Program
Best News Panel or Current Affairs Program
Most Outstanding Actor
Most Outstanding Actress
Most Outstanding Drama Series
Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie
(The Secret River)
Most Outstanding Supporting Actor
Most Outstanding Supporting Actress
Most Outstanding Children’s Program
(Ready For This)
Most Outstanding Entertainment Program
Most Outstanding News Coverage
Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report
(The Killing Season)
Most Outstanding Sports Coverage
(KFC T20 Big Bash League)
Most Outstanding Comedy Program
(Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell)
Hall of Fame
Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actor
Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actress
The Graham Kennedy Breakthrough Star Of Tomorrow Award
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