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AACTA Awards: Winners, speeches and host Rebel Wilson’s best jokes

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The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards is holding a glamorous ceremony tonight on the Gold Coast, with Australian actress Rebel Wilson as the host. Wilson, who recently became a mother and arrived at the event with her partner Ramona Argruma, kicked off the show with some light-hearted jokes about Australia, particularly focusing on the host city of the awards.

In a crowded awards season, “this will be the only one serving boxed wine,” she joked.

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“It’ll also be the only one where people will get munted and chuck a spew in the dunny. I love Queensland… It’s like if Jetstar was a state,” she said, to lengthy laughter and applause.

“All the best Married at First Sight participants are from Queensland,” she continued.

Rebel Wilson mentioned Queensland’s success with the popular children’s show “Bluey,” jokingly stating that Brisbane marked the achievement by keeping “one restaurant open after eight o’clock.” She also made a humorous remark about the highly nominated horror film “Talk To Me,” eliciting groans from the audience, but the joke was excluded from Ten’s broadcast of the ceremony.

“Why is Australia so good at making horror? Is it because everyone had that aunt who’s had half a nose chopped off because of skin cancer?” she asked.

One of the early awards of the evening, Best Comedy Performer, was posthumously awarded to the late comedian Cal Wilson, who passed away last October at the age of 53 after battling a rare form of cancer privately. Accepting the award on her behalf, Wilson’s husband Chris Woods and son Digby delivered an emotional tribute to her during the ceremony.

“Tomorrow will be four months since I lost my beautiful wife and best friend. Four months since Digby lost his amazing mum, and four months since the world lost a truly amazing talented and gifted woman,” he said.

“Cal was kind, generous, and supportive of everything and everyone and we miss her every day.”

Later in the evening, another poignant moment occurred when Jock Zonfrillo’s wife, Lauren, delivered a heartfelt speech after her late husband’s show, MasterChef, won the award for Best Reality Series.”

“I’d love to thank Andy Allen,” she said of Zonfrillo’s fellow MasterChef judge, also on stage.

“When Ava [Jock’s eldest daughter] said her eulogy to her dad, she chose Andy to stand by her side and that says everything about the very special place that he has in our family. Without Jock, the day seemed like they’d been drained of colour, but today is one of pride and celebration for the kids and I.”

 

 

 

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