GALLERY: AACTA Awards red carpet arrivals

Just as it did at the box office around the world, The Great Gatsby has triumphed at the country's main film and television awards.

Baz Luhrmann's dazzling take on a classic American novel has won 13 awards from the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, including best film, director, lead actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, supporting actor for Joel Edgerton, supporting actress for Elizabeth Debicki and adapted screenplay.

It was only stopped from a clean sweep when Rose Byrne, who played a damaged young mother in the Tim Winton adaptation The Turning, beat Carey Mulligan, who was Gatsby's love interest Daisy Buchanan, for best actress.

Luhrmann said that while he had always believed art was not a horse race, the awards threw light on how many people gave so much to a group of films. ''It's an acknowledgement that those that said you cannot make The Great Gatsby in Australia were wrong. We can make any kind of movie here.''

The Hollywood-backed romantic epic, which polarised critics but took more than $350 million internationally, equalled the record 13 wins by Somersault at the AACTA and earlier Australian Film Institute awards.

Its dominance is a tribute to Luhrmann's success re-creating 1920s New York entirely in Sydney.

The Great Gatsby won another six trophies at the main ceremony at the Star on Thursday night.

While past awards overlooked Luhrmann's hits Moulin Rouge and Australia for the top prizes, his wins for best film, director and adapted screenplay (with long-time writing partner Craig Pearce) repeats his triumph with Strictly Ballroom in 1992. Luhrmann and Catherine Martin, who is up for two Oscars and won two design awards at the craft lunch, are in rehearsals for Strictly Ballroom The Musical, which opens at the Lyric theatre in March.

Gatsby's main rival at the third AACTA Awards, the heart-warming Laos-drama The Rocket, won only best original screenplay for writer-director Kim Mordaunt despite 12 nominations.

The awards, hosted by Shane Bourne, were also a triumph for the ABC1's Redfern Now, which won best drama series, and UKTV's Top of the Lake, which won best telefeature or mini-series.

Playing members of the Packer family in television dramas is proving a sure-fire award winner.

Last year Lachy Hulme won best lead actor in a television drama for playing billionaire Kerry Packer in Howzat! Kerry Packer's War. This year, Luke Ford won best supporting actor for playing him in Power Games: The Packer Murdoch Story.

Hulme won best lead actor again for playing Kerry's father, Frank Packer, in Power Games.

Best lead actress in a television drama went to Claudia Karvan for ABC1's The Time Of Our Lives.

Best television comedy or light entertainment series surprisingly went to ABC2'S Please Like Me, which was written by and starred comic Josh Thomas, ahead of ABC1's Gruen Nation and The Agony of Life, while best reality television series was Network Ten's Masterchef: The Professionals.

While it did not win best TV drama series and Asher Keddie was overlooked for best lead actress, Ten's Offspring won two awards - best television screenplay went to Debra Oswald, and Kat Stewart was named best guest or supporting actress in a television drama. Her co-star in Mr and Mrs Murder, Shaun Micallef, collected best performance in a television comedy for Shaun Micallef's Mad As Hell.

Best documentary was David Roach and Warwick Ross's Red Obsession, which looked at how Chinese investment was changing the French wine market.

The Byron Kennedy Award for outstanding creative enterprise went to the Australian Cinematographers Society. Jacki Weaver won the Raymond Longford Award for lifetime achievement. 

And the AACTA goes to ...

Best film: The Great Gatsby

Best direction: Baz Luhrmann, The Great Gastby

Best lead actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Great Gatsby

Best lead actress: Rose Byrne, The Turning

Delta Goodrem and Geoffrey Rush arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Delta Goodrem and Geoffrey Rush arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Best supporting actor: Joel Edgerton, The Great Gatsby

Best supporting actress: Elizabeth Debicki, The Great Gatsby

Best original screenplay: Kim Mordaunt, The Rocket

Best adapted screenplay: Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce, The Great Gatsby

Best TV drama series: Redfern Now, ABC1

Best telefeature or miniseries: Top of the Lake, UKTV

Best TV comedy or light entertainment miniseries: Please Like Me, ABC2

Best reality TV series: Masterchef: The Professionals, Network Ten

Best lead actor in a TV drama: Lachy Hulme, Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story, Nine Network

Best lead actress in a a TV drama: Claudia Karvan, The Time of Our Lives, ABC1

Best feature-length documentary: Red Obsession

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Natalie Bassingthwaighte at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Natalie Bassingthwaighte at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: SAHLAN HAYES

Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: SAHLAN HAYES

Cate Blanchett arrives at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Cate Blanchett arrives at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

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Deborah Mailman arrives at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Joe Brown and Rachel Ward at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Joe Brown and Rachel Ward at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Jackie Weaver at the AACTA Awards. Picture: SAHLAN HAYES

Jackie Weaver at the AACTA Awards. Picture: SAHLAN HAYES

Meyne Wyatt and Caren Pistorious arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: SAHLAN HAYES

Meyne Wyatt and Caren Pistorious arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: SAHLAN HAYES

Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Rove McManus and Tasma Walton at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Rove McManus and Tasma Walton at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Bindi and Terri Irwin arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Bindi and Terri Irwin arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Grace Huang arrives at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Grace Huang arrives at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Delta Goodrem at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Delta Goodrem at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

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Matt Preston at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

 Jack Thompson at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Jack Thompson at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

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Jessica Tovey at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Leeanna Walsman at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Leeanna Walsman at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Matt Nable at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Matt Nable at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Michala Banas arrives at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Michala Banas arrives at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Geoffrey Rush and Elisabeth Debecki arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Geoffrey Rush and Elisabeth Debecki arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Todd Sampson and daughter Coco arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Todd Sampson and daughter Coco arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Brenna Harding arrives at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Brenna Harding arrives at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Callan McAuliffe arrives at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Callan McAuliffe arrives at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Courtney Eaton arrives at the AACTA Awards at the Star Event Centre in Sydney. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Courtney Eaton arrives at the AACTA Awards at the Star Event Centre in Sydney. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Mirrah Foulkes at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Mirrah Foulkes at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Sarah Snook and Nathan Phillips at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Sarah Snook and Nathan Phillips at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

 Liz Watts and David Michod at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Liz Watts and David Michod at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

 Anna Heinrich and Tim Robards arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Anna Heinrich and Tim Robards arrive at the AACTA Awards. Picture: GETTY IMAGES