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TV stars vie for top honours
Puberty Blues.

Ten’s critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama Puberty Blues, a rare bright spot on the troubled network’s schedule this year, has been nominated for best television drama at next year’s AACTA Awards against the ABC’s landmark indigenous drama Redfern Now, the second season of the ABC’s witty legal drama Rake and the third and final season of Foxtel’s complex family drama Tangle.

Puberty Blues and Redfern Now also dominated the television acting and screenplay nominations.

Ashleigh Cummings’ portrayal of Debbie in Puberty Blues earned her a best lead actress in a television drama nomination, while her co-star Brenna Harding is nominated for best young actor.

Completing the best lead actress nominations are Essie Davis for the ABC’s Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (in which Cummings also co-starred), Susie Porter in the ABC’s Dangerous Remedy and Leah Purcell in the opening episode of Redfern Now.

WAAPA graduate Shareena Clanton is nominated for best guest or supporting actress for her role as Purcell’s sister in Redfern Now against a field including WA’s Mandy McElhinney for her turn as Kerry Packer’s secretary Rose in Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, on Nine.

Another WAAPA graduate, Jimi Bani, is up for best lead actor in a television drama for his powerful performance as Eddie Mabo in ABC telemovie Mabo. He is vying with Richard Roxburgh in Rake, Anthony Hayes for the ABC mini-series Devil’s Dust and Lachy Hulme for his depiction of Kerry Packer in Howzat!

Ten’s Underground: The Julian Assange Story starring Perth’s Alex Williams, Nine’s Beaconsfield, ABC’s Devil’s Dust and Nine’s Howzat! are the nominees for best telefeature or mini-series, while Perth-raised Daina Reid is up for the direction gong for her work on part one of Howzat!

Nominated for the new award of best reality series are season three of Seven’s My Kitchen Rules, season four of Ten’s MasterChef Australia, the debut season of Nine’s ratings smash The Voice and season two of Seven’s The Amazing Race Australia.

The ABC claimed all four light-entertainment nominations and dominated the best comedy series category.