Margot Robbie Scores ‘Aussie Oscar’

They are nicknamed the Aussie Oscars, but Margot Robbie was the only Downunder winner at a star-studded ceremony in Hollywood.

Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Craig Gillespie and Abbie Cornish missed out at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television international award ceremony at The Avalon in Hollywood on Friday.

Englishman Gary Oldman, playing Sir Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, confirmed his place as Oscar frontrunner when he beat Jackman (Logan) for best actor.

Oldman said he was deeply moved to be honoured by the Australian film industry.

“I feel like I’ve been given membership to a very special club,” Oldman said.

Robbie won the best actress trophy for I, Tonya.

Robbie’s co-star Allison Janney beat Kidman (The Killing of a Sacred Deer) and Cornish (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) for supporting actress.

Christopher Nolan won best director (Dunkirk) ahead of I, Tonya’s Gillespie.

Three Billboards dominated the ceremony, including collecting best picture.

Three Billboards’ Sam Rockwell, for supporting actor, and the film’s screenwriter, Martin McDonagh were also winners.

“I’ll try not to be too long so you can get to the pub,” Rockwell, in his acceptance speech, told the large audience of Australian expatriates and Hollywood stars.