WA-raised star Lisa McCune has missed out on a musical leading lady Helpmann Award for the fourth time, with the honour instead going to fellow WAAPA-trained performer Verity Hunt-Ballard.
Having previously won best female actor in a musical in 2011 for her performance in Mary Poppins, Hunt-Ballard again scooped up the gong for her turn in Sweet Charity at Australia's peak performing arts awards in Sydney on Monday night.
While McCune has been passed over for the accolade four times since the awards began in 2001, her efforts did not go entirely unnoticed.
Opera Australia and John Frost's production of The King and I, in which the four-time Gold Logie winner stars as Anna, took out top honour of best musical.
The big winner of the night, Opera Australia not only scored six awards for the Ring Cycle but shared an additional three with Frost for The King and I.
WA composer Iain Grandage proved to be the Helpmanns quiet achiever, winning his fifth award for best original score for his work on When Time Stops.
He first won in the same category for Cloudstreet in 2002.
Cate Blanchett was close behind, scoring her fourth gong in the best female actor in a play category for her performance in Sydney Theatre Company's The Maids.
However, the Oscar-winning actress was not on hand to attend the awards, having wrapped up a limited run of the play on Broadway at the weekend.
Big names ruled in the best actor stakes, with Richard Roxburgh winning the play component for Waiting for Godot and Craig McLachlan taking out the musical title for his depiction of Frank n Furter in revamped cult favourite The Rocky Horror Show.
Legendary entertainer and sentimental favourite Reg Livermore also won best male supporting actor in a musical for his role as the Wizard in Wicked.
WAAPA-trained Charmene Yap was best female dancer for her work with the Sydney Dance Company.
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, of Amsterdam, took out the best symphony orchestra concert award, a visit that was organised through Perth Concert Hall to coincide with the 400-year anniversary of Dirk Hartog's landing.
For the second year in a row, Bruce Springsteen won the best international contemporary concert for his tour with the E Street Band earlier this year.
Noticeably absent from the winner's list was Baz Luhrmann's stage version of Strictly Ballroom.
Despite its seven nominations, it only claimed the best supporting actress in a musical category for Heather Mitchell's portrayal of stage mother Shirley Hastings.
While Luhrmann's wife Catherine Martin was a hot favourite for the best costume design award, having won an Academy Award for her work on The Great Gatsby in March, she was passed up in favour of Roger Kirk's creations for The King and I.
The ceremony, hosted by Jonathan Biggins, was held at Sydney's Capitol Theatre, on the set of The Lion King, a past winner of four Helpmann Awards. The capacity audience saw performances from The Lion King, Les Miserables, Strictly Ballroom and a medley from The King and I with McCune, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Lou Diamond Phillips.
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play
Luke Mullins, Waiting for Godot
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play
Robyn Nevin, Angels In America
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Reg Livermore, Wicked
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Heather Mitchell, Strictly Ballroom The Musical
Best Costume Design
Roger Kirk, The King and I
Best Scenic Design
Gabriela Tylesova, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Best Lighting Design
Nick Schlieper, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Best Sound Design
Michael Waters, The King and I
Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera
Warwick Fyfe, The Melbourne Ring Cycle
Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera
Jacqueline Dark, The Melbourne Ring Cycle
Best Comedy Performer
Sam Simmons, Sam Simmons - Death Of A Sails-Man
Best Cabaret Performer
Sarah Ward, Yana Alana Between The Cracks
Best International Contemporary Concert
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 2014
Best Contemporary Music Festival
Bluesfest Byron Bay 2014
Best Australian Contemporary Concert
Hunters & Collectors
Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work
Stephanie Lake, A Small Prometheus
Best Choreography in a Musical
Andrew Hallsworth, Sweet Charity
Best Direction of a Musical
Dean Bryant, Sweet Charity
Best Direction of an Opera
Neil Armfield, The Melbourne Ring Cycle
Best Direction of a Play
Michael Kantor, The Shadow King
Best Male Performer in an Opera
Terje Stensvold, The Melbourne Ring Cycle
Best Female Performer in an Opera
Christine Goerke, Elektra
Best Original Score
Iain Grandage, When Time Stops
Best Individual Classical Music Performance
Julia Lezhneva with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Best Chamber and/or Instrumental Ensemble Concert
The Jerusalem Project
Best Symphony Orchestra Concert
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Best Music Direction
Pietari Inkinen, The Melbourne Ring Cycle
Best Regional Touring Production
Jack Charles V The Crown
Best Presentation for Children
Best New Australian Work
Pinocchio, Rosemary Myers with Julianne O'Brien
Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production
Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work
james Vu Anh Pham, 247 Days
Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work
Charmene Yap, 2 in D Minor as part of Interplay
Best Male Actor in a Musical
Craig McLachlan, Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show
Best Female Actor in a Musical
Verity Hunt-Ballard, Sweet Charity
Best Male Actor in a Play
Richard Roxburgh, Waiting For Godot
Best Female Actor in a Play
Cate Blanchett, The Maids
The Melbourne Ring Cycle
Angels In America
Best Ballet or Dance Work
The King and I