Russell Crowe's directorial debut gets 8 Australian Academy Award nods
The Water Diviner, the directorial debut of Russell Crowe, picked up eight nominations for Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts Awards, including one for Best Film. The film, which will be distributed by Warner Bros. in the U.S., was second in nominations only to Predestination a sci-fi movie from The Spierig Brothers, starring Ethan Hawke, which will have a limited release January stateside and scored nine nominations. Predestination and The Water Diviner are joined in the Best Film category by critically acclaimed horror film The Babadook, which has six total nominations, Charlie’s Country, The Railway Man, and Tracks. Elsewhere, The Rover, directed by David Michôd and featuring Robert Pattinson, collected seven nods.
Crowe, who also stars in his historical film about a man searching for his sons following the Battle of Gallipoli, is nominated for Best Lead Actor.