herald writers nominate the season's best
THE quality, diversity and breakout commercial success of Australian films this year was duly reflected in the AFI Award nominations, announced in Sydney yesterday. They included an expanded best film category and a new award recognising the importance of commercial success.
LAST year the ARIA awards belonged to young soul singer Gabriella Cilmi, and this year they could be dominated by another young female star, 20-year-old former Australian Idol Jessica Mauboy.
From war zone to star zapper
MONTHS before a vote is expected, hopefuls have already begun campaigning for the sweetest prize in Victorian conservative politics - the federal seat of Kooyong.