TV WEEK reveals 2016 Logie award nominees

With television’s night of nights on May 8 fast approaching, the 2016 TV WEEK Logie Awards are set to be full of surprises. This year’s nominees for the coveted Gold Logie include a fascinating mix of Australian TV icons and impressive young guns. Their talent is a testament to the quality and diversity in Australian television today.

Will 2015 Gold Logie winner CARRIE BICKMORE make it a double and win the Most Popular Personality On TV award two years in a row? Also in contention are 2014 golden boy SCOTT CAM, game show host GRANT DENYER, respected media talent WALEED ALY, news anchor and social media sensation LEE LIN CHIN and actress ESSIE DAVIS.

The TV WEEK Logie Awards nominations event on April 3 at Club 23, Crown Towers Melbourne, was a star-studded occasion. Hosts SYLVIA JEFFREYS and PETER HELLIAR announced the nominees for the 2016 TV WEEK Logie Awards in May, while actor DAMON HERRIMAN presented the Most Outstanding Newcomer Awards.

In addition, SAMANTHA JADE – the first ever TV WEEK Logie Awards Ambassador – performed her latest hit, “Always”.

Best Drama Program will again be a hotly contested category as 800 Words, A Place To Call Home, House Husbands, Home And Away and Love Child fight it out for this year’s Logie.

The presentation of the three Most Outstanding Newcomer awards at the Nominations event continued to shine a spotlight on the bright new stars who have wowed audiences in some of Australia’s best-rating drama series.

“TV WEEK has always been a big supporter of new Australian talent, and this year we were thrilled to introduce three additional awards to recognise the industry’s brightest new stars,” TV WEEK Publisher Jayne Ferguson says.

JOEL JACKSON was announced as the winner of the Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actor award for his memorable portrayal of the legendary Peter Allen in Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door. Joel was overseas and was unable to attend the event. However, in a touching video message, he dedicated his award to the late entertainer and his music. He was also nominated in this category for his role in Deadline Gallipoli, up against Rahel Romahn from The Principal.

MELINA VIDLER was named winner of the Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actress award for her wonderful portrayal of Shay Turner in 800 Words, beating Hannah Monson from Glitch and Sara West from Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door. Melina was also overseas and unable to attend the event, but said she was thrilled to see the show recognised.

In the third Newcomer award, KY BALDWIN took out the Graham Kennedy Breakthrough Star Of Tomorrow award for his standout performance as a young Peter in Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door. He beat fellow nominees Benson Jack Anthony for 800 Words and Olivia DeJonge for Hiding. Accepting his award at the event, the 14-year-old star said, ‘It’s a crazy feeling. I was just really honoured to be a part of it [the show].”

TV WEEK Editor Emma Nolan took the opportunity to congratulate all the nominees, as well as Joel, Melina and Ky for their wins in the Most Outstanding Newcomer awards. “We’re thrilled to be able to support new acting talent,” Emma says. “We wish them all the best for their future careers.”

In addition to winning a prestigious TV WEEK Logie Award, Joel, Melina and Ky will each receive a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles flying with Virgin Australia, and a one-year scholarship at Stella Adler Academy Of Acting And Theatre in LA, thanks to LA-based non-profit organisation Australians In Film and their exclusive partners. They’ll also receive a one-year management contract in LA with Australian Artists Management, as well as a TV WEEK photo shoot.

A full list of all nominees for the 58th TV WEEK Logie Awards can be found at www.tvweeklogieawards.com.au or in the latest issue of TV WEEK magazine, on newsstands on Monday, April 4, 2016.

The TV WEEK Logie Awards will take place at Crown Entertainment Complex’s Palladium Room in Melbourne and will air on the Nine Network on Sunday, May 8.

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TV WEEK reveals 2016 Logie award nominees