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Brammall hungry for success

While Jennifer Lawrence and Daniel Day-Lewis were addressing the Screen Actors Guild on Monday, Patrick Brammall was thanking another academy - the Australian Academy of Cinema Television Arts.

The Canberra-born actor took out the award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy for his role as failed entrepreneur Sean Moody in the ABC's A Moody Christmas.

It is his second accolade in less than a year following his Sydney Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Death of a Salesman and last year's Helpmann Award nomination for his supporting role in the Melbourne Theatre Company's production of Clybourne Park.

Brammall received his most recent award at Monday's AACTA awards lunch in Sydney and said his success was an acknowledgment of Australian writers, producers and the ABC's commitment to home-grown talent.

"The ABC are actually leading the charge in the golden age of TV in Australia. We are spoilt for choice, there is too much good stuff to watch and as evidence yesterday I think ABC won a swag of awards. They are really commissioning interesting stuff this year," he said.

He added that while he was pleased and shocked by the award he left the lunch hungry.


"I got this lovely looking steak on the plate in front of me which I did not touch because I was nervous as I knew my category was coming up after lunch."

Starving for art is a foreign concept for Brammall. He portrayed Kim Beazley in the telemovie Hawke and admitted his Canberra upbringing helped him prepare him for the role, albeit in a rather unconventional way.

"I think I could've spent more time at KFC in Kambah,'' Brammall said.

"I just went on a disgusting diet eating shit basically and tried to stack on as much weight as I could."

He gained almost 10 kilograms in three weeks after ignoring nutritionists' advice to eat six daily meals of potatoes and pasta and instead decided to recklessly enjoy fast food and doughnuts to achieve "premium neck fat".

"It was a great experience though. Kim was really generous with his time as I got to speak with him for like an hour and I came out a huge Kim Beazley fan."

This year, the former Marist College student will appear in The Crucible for the Melbourne Theatre Company and reprise his award-winning role for season two of A Moody Christmas.

Audiences will also see him starring in a new comedy by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope called Upper Middle Bogan. It will air on the ABC this year.