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All the action of the 56th Logies, including the winners and performers, our interactive guide to the Gold Logie and reports from our experts.

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That's all for our blog of the 2014 Logie Awards. Thanks for joining us on Australian television's night of nights. Don't forget to read our wrap of the night's events here. We'll have more Logies coverage for you later in the morning.

Congratulations to this year's Gold Logie winner Scott Cam.

A quick wrap of tonight's awards:

  • Scott Cam won the biggest prize of the night, the Gold Logie, as well as a Silver Logie for most popular presenter
  • SBS comedy series Housos delivered one of the biggest upsets, winning the Logie for most outstanding light entertainment program
  • Asher Keddie collected two Silver Logies: most outstanding actress and most popular actress
  • Lachy Hulme won the Silver Logie for most outstanding actor
  • The Silver Logie for most popular actor went to Chris Lilley
  • The ABC's critically acclaimed Redfern Now was named most outstanding drama series
  • Top of the Lake was awarded most oustanding mini-series or telemovie
  • The late TV journalist Peter Harvey was inducted into the Hall of Fame

 

Read the full list of winners here.

It just got weirder. American duo MKTO close out the show with Thank You. We've heard many 'thank yous' tonight, but none quite like this:

"Thank you for nothing, 'cause there's nothing left to lose."
"Thanks for the ropes you used to hold us down."

Did anyone realise the title was ironic?

How are the Logies are still going?! Richard Wilkins is up now: "It's official: Scott Cam has the biggest deck on Australian TV."

Ahem. You heard that right: the Logies just resorted to 'deck' jokes.

Winner ...  Paul Fenech poses in the awards room after winning a Logie for Outstanding Light Entertainment Program at the 2014 Logie Awards. Click for more photos

Logies 2014: Winner, losers and stars

Winner ... Paul Fenech poses in the awards room after winning a Logie for Outstanding Light Entertainment Program at the 2014 Logie Awards. Photo: Getty Images

With his initial Silver Logie ...  Scott Cam also wins the Gold Logie.

With his initial Silver Logie ... Scott Cam also wins the Gold Logie. Photo: Getty Images

"It's unbelievable that it's 11 o'clock at the Logies and I'm sober. That is unbelievable," Cam says.

It wasn't her Gold Logie win but here are Kylie and Dannii Minogue at Logies in 1987.

It wasn't her Gold Logie win but here are Kylie and Dannii Minogue at Logies in 1987. Photo: TV Week

Michael Lallo: And the TV Week Gold Logie goes to ... Scott Cam!"

With that, the youngest-ever winner of the Gold Logie - Australian music legend Kylie Minogue - handed the award to Scott Cam, affable host of Channel Nine's renovation reality smash The Block

"Well this is really unbelievable - I just kissed Kylie Minogue; that's pretty cool," Cam said. 

Earlier in the night, Cam and his wife Ann told Fairfax Media "We just laughed" in response to his nomination.

"It was pretty bizarre, it's a six-horse race, anyone could win and I'm not expecting to get it," he said. 

In his acceptance speech, Cam thanked The Block's creators Julian Cress and David Barbour, "some early executive producers and cameramen who were really important to me" and many other colleagues and friends. 

"My mum, she's been a bit crook ... but she's a fighter; she's still going strong," he said. 

"Unless of course the shock of this has just killed her.

"To my wife Ann - the cameras are on you darling so smile - she's just an absolute corker, I tell you what. She looks after the fort, she looks after the kids, she looks after me; she just does an outstanding job."

Cam said their three children, watching at home, will be "going berko" over his win. 

Addressing his fellow nominees, he joked, "You all 100 per cent deserve this but unfortunately, I have it.

"Thank you very much Kylie. Can I have a beer now?"

Minogue appeared to enjoy her hosting duties and poked fun at herself after the producers showed clips from her 1988 Logies appearance. 

"Yeah, I've got an album that's comin' along," Minogue told the Logies audience 26 years ago in a broad Aussie accent. 

"As we just saw, 'I was '19 years old'," she said, mimicking her 'Strine before handing Cam his award. 

Gold Logie: Most Popular Personality on TV

Andy Lee (Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia, Nine Network)
Asher Keddie (Nina Proudman, Offspring, Network Ten)
Essie Davis (Phryne Fisher, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, ABC1)
Carrie Bickmore (The Project, Network Ten)
Scott Cam (The Block, Nine Network)
Stephen Peacocke (Darryl 'Brax' Braxton, Home and Away, Channel Seven)

WINNER: Scott Cam

Kylie Minogue, who won the Gold Logie in 1988, is on stage to present this year's winner. Not before a flashback of her acceptance speech, though.

"I've got an album that's coming along, so I'm hoping to really prove myself there and make it worthwhile.

"I hope I can do the industry proud in some way. I know I'm just learning and it's good to be with all of you who have been in the industry for so long and I know I can learn a lot from you all, and I so far have. Maybe I'll be back here in a few more years time."

Now that's an Australian accent!

Only one more award to go: the Gold. Can Asher Keddie win her second consecutive Gold Logie? According to our online poll, the answer is yes.

Poll: Who will win the 2014 Gold Logie?

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Andy Lee (Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia)

10%

Asher Keddie (Nina Proudman, Offspring)

36%

Carrie Bickmore (The Project)

15%

Essie Davis (Phryne Fisher, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries)

11%

Scott Cam (The Block)

12%

Stephen Peacocke (Darryl 'Brax' Braxton, Home and Away)

16%

Total votes: 752.

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Outstanding Drama Series

A Place To Call Home (Channel Seven)
Offspring (Network Ten)
Redfern Now (ABC1)
The Time Of Our Lives (ABC1)
Wentworth (Foxtel/SoHo)

WINNER: Redfern Now

Julia Morris tells Craig McLaughlin that she's "got a head full of botox" and delivers a masterclass for actors with botox.

A shock win for Housos! Creator Paul Fenech, wearing what is surely the night's most elaborate suit, bounds on stage. He's as suprised as everyone we are.

"We've been pumping it hard for the real people of Australia," Fenech exclaims.

"This is a great win for the true people of Australia. Not the fake stuff that's out there, but the real battlers."

A mixed reaction to that speech with the "fake" dig and all. Whatever you think of that win, Fenech's speech is certainly memorable.

Outstanding Light Entertainment Program

The Voice Australia (Nine Network)
Housos (SBS ONE)
It's A Date (ABC1)
Please Like Me (ABC2)
Upper Middle Bogan (ABC1)

WINNER: Housos

<i>Housos'</i> Paul Fenech (left) and Kev Taumata (right) with Fairfax Media TV Editor Scott Ellis.

Housos' Paul Fenech (left) and Kev Taumata (right) with Fairfax Media TV Editor Scott Ellis.

Scott Ellis: Jessica Marais just revealed she mimed to Kylie at NIDA, was so happy to see her tonight. 

Lacey Hulme says he forgot to thank his girlfriend "but there are ways to woo her back". Ewww.

Andy Lee and Hamish Blake arrive at the 2014 Logie Awards.

Andy Lee and Hamish Blake arrive at the 2014 Logie Awards. Photo: Getty Images

Not long until the main award now. Blake finds Gold Logie nominees Andy Lee and Scott Cam in the room and asks for a fake exchange of best wishes.

"Good luck Andy, you're a champion mate," Cam offers.

"Thanks."

Some laughs in the room, but it's all that exchange deserved.

Michael Lallo: A contrite Lachy Hulme addressed journalists after accepting his Most Outstanding Actor Award.

"I forgot to thank my girlfriend," he said. "But it's alright. There are ways to curry their favour back."

Hulme said he found it easier to play the volcanic media magnates Sir Frank and Kerry Packer (he's portrayed father and son in related series) than Dr Martin Clegg on Offspring

"I find Offspring a very difficult show for me to do personally because of the nature of the character to play ... the character is such a lunatic."

"Yeah, it's got my name on it," Hulme says as he takes hold of the Logie.

Oddly, he starts by rattling off a list of people he doesn't want to thank: cast and crew, agents and publicists. Instead, he wants to thank "some people who had nothing to do with this production, but have been tremendously helpful and supportive and influential in getting me to where I'm standing now".

They are the team at Working Dog Productions (The Hollowmen), his Offspring family ("the most incredible cast I've ever worked with"), his brother, sister and mum.

Might be a cold reception later from the Power Games: the Packer Murdoch Story team after that semi-snub.

Outstanding Actor

Chris Lilley (Ja'mie: Private School Girl, ABC1)
Craig McLachlan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, ABC1)
David Wenham (Better Man, SBS ONE)
Kirk Page (Redfern Now, ABC1)
Lachy Hulme (Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story, Nine Network)

WINNER: Lachy Hulme

Two-time silver Logie winner tonight: Asher Keddie.

Two-time silver Logie winner tonight: Asher Keddie. Photo: Getty Images

That's her second win of the night, and a popular one judging by the applause in the room.

"All I can say really is ... I feel so honoured to be part of this group of women. Amazing," Keddie says.

"I watch you all, I love you all. You inspire me."

Keddie pays tribute to her Offspring co-star Kat Stewart: "you blow my mind every day we're on set."

In a touching moment, Keddie dedicates the award to the late Wendy Hughes. "I aspired to have her incredible wit, her beautiful poise, strength and vulnerability and I toast her tonight," Keddie says.

Outstanding Actress

Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)
Claudia Karvan (The Time Of Our Lives, ABC1)
Danielle Cormack (Wentworth, Foxtel/SoHo)
Kat Stewart (Offspring, Network Ten)
Mandy McElhinney (Paper Giants: Magazine Wars, ABC1)

WINNER: Asher Keddie

Anthony Hayes is on stage with Kate Ritchie to present the Silver Logie for most oustanding actress. There are 35 nominations between this year's field.

"How much silver do these people need to feel validated?" Hayes asks.

The room goes silent as the In Memoriam segment begins with Tina Arena on piano for Only Lonely. There are many tributes, but the strongest applause is for Wendy Hughes and Charlotte Dawson.

Here are the names:

Wendy Hughes
Bill Peach
Anthony Hawkins
Alan Coleman
Jonathan Dawson
Billy Raymond
Steve Millichamp
Mia Tolhurst
Nick Eade
Elke Neidhardt
Johnny Lockwood
Penne Hackforth-Jones
Barbara Callcott
Peter Benardos
Everett De Roche
Ian Law
Graeme 'Macca' McNamara
Don Smith
Russ Sefton
George Burnham
Doug Murray
Bob 'Rocket' Moore
Don Reid
Joyce Jacobs
Maureen Duval
Brian Moll
Julian Jover
Bob Henderson
Ken Chown
Andrew Plain
Ian Frykberg
Allan Kendall
James Condon
Roy Higgins
Charlotte Dawson

 

Top of the Lake co-director Garth Davis, who accepts the Logie with actress Robyn Malcolm, gets the first cut-off of the night. Ouch.

Scott Ellis: Eddie McGuire: Happy birthday channel Ten.

Nine star: are they still going?

Mike Munro says "of course the ratings could have been better" in his Ten tribute.

Multiple people clutching their faces saying "what?" "What did he say?" "Oh that's a bit rough!" Not a good line.

Meanwhile McGuire accidentally dropped a C-bomb on Fox Footy while chatting with Port Adelaide star Kane Cornes...

Time for our next award, to be presented by Love Child (and former Packed to the Rafters) star Jessica Marais and Fat Tony actor Gyton Grantley.

Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie

An Accidental Soldier (ABC1)
Better Man (SBS ONE)
Paper Giants: Magazine Wars (ABC1)
Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story (Nine Network)
Top Of The Lake (Foxtel/UKTV)

WINNER: Top of the Lake

Michael Lallo: Veteran sports presenter Bruce McAvaney opened up about the challenges of hosting the Melbourne Cup. 

"The hardest thing for me is to sit for nine-and-a-half hours and not move," he said, "I can't go to the loo for about 10 hours, so I've got to be careful about what I drink ... I'm glad I shared that with you.

"Also, the horses don't talk - the biggest stars don't talk - so it's not the easiest thing to cover. We've had to make stars out of the jockies, which they are." 

Bruce McAvaney walks on stage to collect the Logie and starts talking about the "three pillars" of Channel Seven. Slight problem: he can only remember one. Lucky he's not with a troubled network, or that would be an easy gag.

And on that note, we get a tribute to Ten's 50th anniversary.

Michael Lallo: Most Popular New Talent Winner Bonnie Sveen said she rang her parents as soon as she got off stage. 

"There were a few expletives and a few high-pitched decibels in there," she said. 

Sveen said she made a point of addressing body image in her speech because "I think it's important to differentiate storytellers from models ... I think it does a lot of good for the attitudes of young women [to see someone] so comfortable in herself."

Eddie McGuire and Mel McLaughlin take to the stage to present our next Logie.

Outstanding Sports Coverage

2013 NRL Grand Final (Nine Network)
2013 Toyota AFL Grand Final (Channel Seven)
Tour de France (SBS ONE)
2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup Carnival (Channel Seven)
The Ashes Cricket – Australia v England (Nine Network)

WINNER: 2013 Melbourne Cup Carnival

What?! Now Hamish Blake is offering grapes to Asher Keddie. No, that's not a euphemism.

Apparently Matt Preston has told Keddie that it would be "rude" to win back-to-back Gold Logies. Is someone jealous?

Oh, and look at that, sitting next to Keddie is fellow Gold Logie nominee Steve Peacocke. Gotta love those 'coincidences'.

Some more awards that, for reasons unknown, were deemed unworthy of presenting during the broadcast.

Outstanding Public Affairs Report

A Gracious Gift (Four Corners, ABC1)
Drugs in Sport – Stephen Dank (7.30, ABC1)
Manus Island (Dateline, SBS ONE)
Prime Suspect (Sunday Night, Channel Seven)
Prisoner X – The Australian Connection (Foreign Correspondent, ABC1)

WINNER: Prisoner X – The Australian Connection

Outstanding Factual Program

Desert War (ABC1)
Dirty Business (SBS ONE)
Jabbed (SBS ONE)
Kings Cross ER: St Vincent's Hospital (Foxtel/Crime & Investigation Network)
Redesign My Brain (ABC1)

WINNER: Kings Cross ER: St Vincent's Hospital

Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer

Anna Bamford (Wonderland, Network Ten)
Caren Pistorius (Offspring, Network Ten; Redfern Now and Paper Giants, ABC1)
Meyne Wyatt (Redfern Now, ABC1)
Shareena Clanton (Wentworth, Foxtel/SoHo)
Remy Hii (Better Man, SBS ONE)

WINNER: Remy Hii

Bonnie Sveen and Kyle Pryor on the red carpet at Logies 2014.

Bonnie Sveen and Kyle Pryor on the red carpet at Logies 2014. Photo: Getty Images

Michael Lallo: Great speech from Most Popular New Talent winner Bonnie Sveen (Home and Away). 

Sveen began by thanking "the traditional owners of this land" - not something you hear every Logie winner do" - then concluded by congratulating the industry and viewers for their support of "a natural and healthy young woman on their screens."

Most Popular New Talent

Abby Earl (A Place to Call Home, Channel Seven)
Bonnie Sveen (Home and Away, Channel Seven)
Caren Pistorius (Offspring, Network Ten; Redfern Now and Paper Giants, ABC1)
Johnny Ruffo (Chris Harrington, Home and Away, Channel Seven)
Timomatic (Australia's Got Talent, Nine Network)

WINNER: Bonnie Sveen

Kylie Minogue dancing to John Newman.

Kylie Minogue dancing to John Newman. Photo: Scott Ellis

Scott Ellis: John Newman is singing. Straw poll of everyone at my table has resulted in "Who?" The seat warmer, aged 14, said "he's like, you know, a singer and stuff".

Well at least one person knew, Kylie was happy to boogie at her table.

Luke Jacobz is on stage to introduce the next performer of the night and, for once, it's someone who probably does need an introduction to Australian audiences. It's British singer John Newman, dressed in a white suit, with Love Me Again. That's one helluva (loud) voice! And some truly unique dance moves. Think Michael Jackson's Moonwalk and you're getting close.

Luke 

A chance to take stock. Essie Davis and Carrie Bickmore delivered one of the highlights of the night - a welcome relief from the manufactured introductions/speeches we've seen so far.

But can either win the coveted Gold Logie?

"I feel like being nominated is a win,'' a relaxed Davis, who plays super sleuth Phryne Fisher in the ABC series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, told Fairfax in the lead-up to tonight's awards.

"I honestly don't mind which way it goes - just being nominated is really the honour.''

''It's a great, wonderful thing that people are watching ABC and watching our fabulous show that we worked so hard to make,'' she said. ''I'm really, really stoked that people voted. I think it's fantastic.''

History is against her though: the ABC has only won the Gold three times. The last win was 38 years ago, when Garry McDonald (The Norman Gunston show) split the award with Denise Drysdale.

Michael Lallo: Hall of Fame winner, late Channel Nine news and current affairs reporter Peter Harvey, best remembered for his work on Nine's flagship current affairs program 60 Minutes.  

His children walked out to a standing ovation after a video package that remembered the late great journalist.

"Dad would have been chuffed with this," Adam told the audience. "He liked the attention ... but he didn't live for it,""He didn't misuse his fame for front rows and freebies, as much as we tried to twist his arm."

"Mum used to find him in the back of the garden on his days off," Claire said, "secretly ringing the newsroom (in case they needed him to come in). Dad had a passionate tribal love for Channel Nine."

Peter Harvey remembered at the Logies 2014.

Peter Harvey remembered at the Logies 2014.

Tara Brown from 60 Minutes introduces the late Peter Harvey, a "consummate storyteller", as this year's Hall of Fame inductee.

Aja Styles: Some Twitter feedback on Kylie's performance was mixed, with suggestions that she may have lip-synced (not entirely sure about that but it wouldn't be the first time a singer had to do that for audio reasons.)

 

 

Now a rush of awards presented before the telecast.

Most Popular Sports Program

Before the Game (Network Ten)
The Cricket Show (Nine Network)
The AFL Footy Show (Nine Network)
The NRL Footy Show (Nine Network)
Wide World Of Sports (Nine Network)

WINNER: The NRL Footy Show

Outstanding Children's Program

Play Along With Sam (Foxtel/Nick Jr)
Dance Academy (ABC3)
Move It Mob Style (NITV)
Nowhere Boys (ABC3)
Play School (ABC4Kids)

WINNER: Nowhere Boys

Most Popular Lifestyle Program

Better Homes and Gardens (Channel Seven)
Domestic Blitz: The Block to the Rescue (Nine Network)
Embarrassing Bodies Down Under (Foxtel/LifeStyle YOU)
Selling Houses Australia (Foxtel/The LifeStyle Channel)
The Living Room (Network Ten)

WINNER: Better Homes and Gardens

Most Popular Light Entertainment Program

Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia (Nine Network)
Ja'mie: Private School Girl (ABC1)
The Project (Network Ten)
The Voice (Nine Network)
The X Factor Australia (Channel Seven)

WINNER: Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia

Richard Wilkins is introducing the next perfomer: past Logie winner Kylie Minogue with I Was Gonna Cancel. Not before throwing in the mandatory plug for an upcoming talent show on Nine. You know the one ...

Minogue struts across the stage with confidence, but what's with the dancers wandering around on the stage in random clothes? Sound confusing? It is.

And in one of the night's more awkward moments, producers have switched off her microphone so her "thank you" to the crowd goes unheard. That's rough.

A dish being served at the Logies this year.

A dish being served at the Logies this year. Photo: Michael Idato

Michael Lallo: My Kitchen Rules judge Manu Fieldel gave the three-course dinner at Crown Casino the thumbs-up. 

"It was good. Cooking for 1000 people; there's no way you could do better," he said. 

The 1100 guests are enjoying a prawn, watermelon and feta salad, followed by a main of beef tenderloin with mushroom pitivier, creamed spinach and rosemary cabernet jus. Dessert is an assortment of platters including lemon and orange curd tart, tea-flavoured chocolate mousse, golden raspberry macarons and black cherry trifle. 

There are 160 wait staff serving 1560 bottles of wine and 145 litres of vodka, according to TV Week magazine, 

Some more fun facts from the mag: astronauts Neil Armstrong Buzz Aldrin were bestowed with a Logie in 1970 for "providing TV's greatest moment" when they landed on the moon. 

Before this year, Home and Away had 38 Logies under its belt and remains the most awarded program in the event's history. 

Home and Away actor Ray Meagher won the Gold Logie in 2011, at the age of 65, and is the oldest actor to take out the award. Neighbours actor Kylie Minogue, who was just 19 when she won it for her work on Neighbours, remains the youngest Gold winner.   

Outstanding News Coverage

Crisis in Cairo – Brett Mason (World News Australia, SBS ONE)
'Missing the boat' - Jaymes Diaz interview (Ten Eyewitness News, Network Ten)
Leadership Spill (Foxtel/SKY NEWS)
NSW Bushfires (Nine News, Nine Network)
The Dark Side of the Force (Seven News, Channel Seven)

WINNER: NSW Bushfires (Nine News)

Dave Hughes is next on stage. He's presenting the Logie for most popular reality program.

The Block might be popular - the show has two nominations (exactly why, we're not sure) - but not with Hughes. "I don't like you though, to be honest," he says. He's disgruntled tradies are taking too long to build his house, even though non-professionals can get it done in eight weeks.

Hughes' wife, though, must to be a Scott Cam fan. "She'd love a go on your forklift, I can tell you," Hughes says.

What about Big Brother? "I know people don't go on Big Brother to get recognised, but I'm sure it happens."

"It's not easy being recognised," Hughes says. He tells of one woman he met on the street who said: "'Dave Hughes, you look completely different in real life'. I said 'well, how did you recognise me?'"

Next up is a shout-out to My Kitchen Rules: "You cut through all the demos don't you Manu? You're a hot dude."

Most Popular Reality Program

Big Brother (Nine Network)
Bondi Rescue (Network Ten)
My Kitchen Rules (Channel Seven)
The Block All Stars (Nine Network)
The Block Sky High (Nine Network)

WINNER: My Kitchen Rules

Michael Lallo: Asher Keddie tips Scott Cam to win the Gold Logie. She tells Fairfax Media:

"When the producers told me that my partner (Patrick, played by Matthew Le Nevez) would pass away - and I knew how popular Matty was, and Nina had finally found stability - I knew it would be big, but I didn't think anyone quite expected it would be so huge."

When asked if winning the Gold Logie last year had an impact on the roles she was offered, Keddie thought for a moment and said, "No, actually," then laughed. 

"I've been so committed to Offspring the last couple of years in particular," she said. "[It made] all of us in the Offspring clan feel supported and buoyed into the next series."

Ed Sheeran sings ... well, Sing. Wonder how long it took to come up with that name?

And sing he might (it's a solid performance and Sheeran's hitting every note), but it seems more people are wondering about his tattoos.

Michael Lallo: After Home and Away's win, one of the producers said: "A lot of shows talk about their fourth, fifth and sixth series."

He then prompted the entire cast to count the number of seasons Australia's most successful soap has racked up - and they did, from one to 26, cheering as they hit the final number. 

"Home and Away is successful because it's a show about us," he explained. 

"Walk into any milk bar ... and you see the cast of Home and Away. It's about Australians doing Australian things."

Blake is chatting to a relaxed Carrie Bickmore and Essie Davis, who is feeling "quite reckless" after missing out on the Logie for most popular actress. Bickmore was up for most popular presenter.

The pre-arranged chat clued them in on the fact they weren't going to win. And that's the first moment to ring true tonight.

"You look like Cinderella," Davis tells Bickmore when prompted to deliver a "fake sincere good luck". They're certainly relaxed! Classy women. Effortlessly entertaining.

Ray Meagher or more widely known as Alf from <i>Home and Away</i>.

Ray Meagher or more widely known as Alf from Home and Away. Photo: Getty Images

Ray Meagher (or Alf for all those Home and Away fans) walks solo on stage to collect the Logie ... and then hundreds of fellow cast members follow. We could be waiting all night.

"There's only 320 in our cast, so I better get started before they get here."

"In Australia at the moment there aren't all that many things being manufactured, let alone exported," Meagher says. "We're Australian made and exported around the world and we're very proud of it."

 

 

Michael Idato: To hashtag or not to hashtag? The ever-perplexing question of Tweeting and time delays has long been a bugbear at the Logies. This year we've nudged ever closer to the 21st century with an official hashtag: #tvweeklogies. Now, about that time delay...

A massive hash-tag hint? #logies

A massive hash-tag hint? #logies

Most Popular Drama Program

Home and Away (Channel Seven)
House Husbands (Nine Network)
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (ABC1)
Offspring (Network Ten)
Winners & Losers (Channel Seven)

WINNER: Home and Away

Patrick Brammall and Madeleine West add some (confected) spice to the night when they exchange pot shots about each other's career lowlights. If only it didn't sound so false.

It's a long acceptance speech from Scott Cam. "This is really fantastic," he says.

"To be in this position, you've got to have a great show to work on." Unsurprisingly, he tells us that The Block is just that.

 

Stephen Curry and Shane Jacobson are up to present the next award.

Jacobson: "Do you think showbiz friends are just so much better than real friend?"

They throw to Claudia Karvan, who's in the audience, ("so much better than a real friend") and Justine Clarke ("she's better than your real wife," Curry jokes).

Most Popular Presenter

Andy Lee (Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia, Nine Network)
Hamish Blake (Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia, Nine Network)
Adam Hills (Adam Hills Tonight, ABC1)
Carrie Bickmore (The Project, Network Ten)
Scott Cam (The Block, Nine Network)

WINNER: Scott Cam

Lilley is overseas, but delivers a video message ("thanks for my Logie, I really appreciate it") before introducting Kwame from Ja'mie: Private School Girl to collect the Logie.

A rousing reaction as Kwame walks on stage. "Thank you," he says before walking off. That was underwhelming.

Our experts tips for Most Outstanding Drama Series:

Michael Idato:

Wentworth (Foxtel/ SoHo)

There's a measure of professional bias here - I was involved in the development of the series - but the ambition and execution of Wentworth was excellent. (If it has to lose, Redfern Now (ABC1) is an equally worthy winner.)

Ben Pobjie:

Should Win and Why: Wentworth. Not that it’s necessarily better than my selected winner, but it deserves a lot of credit for bringing an intensity and style rarely seen in Aussie TV.

Will Win: Redfern Now. Powerful stories and superb acting puts it streets ahead, it surely will triumph over its more pedestrian rivals.

Michael Lallo:

Should win - Redfern Now. Superb indigenous drama from the ABC deserves another gong.

Will win - Redfern now. It's quality was recognised by the judges last year, though virtually all its rivals are worth contenders, particularly Foxtel's Prisoner re-boot Wentworth.

Most Popular Actor

Chris Lilley (Ja'mie King, Ja'mie: Private School Girl, ABC1)
Dan Ewing (Heath Braxton, Home and Away, Channel Seven)
Hugh Sheridan (Ben Rafter, Packed to the Rafters, Channel Seven)
Matthew Le Nevez (Dr. Patrick Reid, Offspring, Network Ten)
Stephen Peacocke (Darryl 'Brax' Braxton, Home and Away, Channel Seven)

WINNER: Chris Lilley

Darren McMullen and Mandy McElhinney are up to present the Logie for most outstanding actor.

"It's a bit of a weird one for you to be presenting, isn't it Darren? You're a TV host, aren't you?" McElhinney asks.

Not so, he says. He only drinks "soy milk frappuccinos", he's "oversensitive", "moody" and sponsors "a whole bunch of children in Africa". Apparently that makes him an actor. I wouldn't be so hasty after that performance.

"I think you just answered my question," McElhinney says. Now that's how it's done!

The Offspring star looks flustered when she walks on stage to collect the Logie.

"Oh, I thought the thing was in front of me. No. OK. Good," she says. Anyway, moving on ...

"Who would have thought that this rag-tag, messed-up, chaotic family would have five series in them and perhaps more to go, who knows?" Keddie says.

"It just makes us all so, so happy."

"For me, we had extraordinary, brave writing," Keddie says of the previous season, which ended with the death of Dr Patrick Reid (Matthew Le Nevez).

Peter Vincent:  

 

And we have our first award of the night.

Silver Logie - Most Popular Actress

Asher Keddie (Nina Proudman, Offspring, Network Ten)
Essie Davis (Phryne Fisher, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, ABC1)
Julia Morris (Gemma Horne, House Husbands, Nine Network)
Marta Dusseldorp (Sarah Adams, A Place to Call Home, Channel Seven)
Rebecca Gibney (Julie Rafter, Packed to the Rafters, Channel Seven)

Winner: Asher Keddie

Reading from the 'master script', Blake jokes that Jason Derulo has been forced to change his name to Jason My Kitchen Derulos. It's a simple joke, but it does the trick and goes down well in the room.

"No, don't laugh because it doesn't get a laugh later on," he quips.

Are the boys treading a fine line by promoting a rival network's flagship show on air?

Our experts tips for Most Outstanding Actress:

Michael Idato

Danielle Cormack (Wentworth, Foxtel/ SoHo)Television's toughest tough lady Bea Smith was reboth from the annals of TV history with a taut, riveting performance from Danielle Cormack. (If she's pipped at the post, it would surely be by Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten).

Ben Pobjie

Should Win and Why: Danielle Cormack. Stepping into the giant shoes of Bea Smith was a daunting task, but Cormack was compelling in the journey from terrified newbie to cold-blooded top dog.

Will Win: Claudia Karvan. If Time of Our Lives was worth watching, it was for her. Doubtless she’ll have stiff competition from the Offspring pair. What Rhonda from AAMI is doing here is anyone’s guess.

Michael Lallo

Should win - Danielle Cormack shone in her dark, understated portrayal of Bea Smith last year in Wentworth

Will win - Danielle Cormack. She's certainly caught the attention of critics and the industry alike. 

Michael Lallo: Hamish Blake and Andy Lee the first presenters. 

"I don't want to jinx it but I feel it's your year," former Gold Logie winner Blake says to Lee, who's up for Gold this year.

The night's off to a good start: the pair are relaxed, funny and have the crowd on side. All their gags hit the mark.

Hamish Blake and Andy Lee are wheeled out on a "chauffeur-driven forklift" by Scott Cam. Cam then backs the forklift out and we're left wondering what that was about.

Maybe I'm a traditionalist, but what's wrong with walking on stage?

"Welcome to the 156th ...," says Blake before Lee corrects him. It's the 56th Logie Awards.

"We trust you have a great night," Lee says. "That's right Andy. Everyone will have a gold night, won't they? Is that what you said?"

Lee is up for the Gold Logie tonight.

"I feel it's your year and as a best mate, can I just say your life is about to change a lot," Blake says.

"I don't remember your life changing whatsoever," Lee cracks back. "No, I kept it from you," says Blake.

The boys claim to have tonight's master script - "the categories, the winners, the winners' speeches, the off-the-cuff moments". Strong laughs in the room when the boys, reading from the 'script', try to get Rebecca Gibney to "do a somewhat sexy face". She obliges.

And the Logies have started. Jason Derulo kicks the night off with his hit Trumpets. Wait a minute ... it's a medley. And now here come In My Head and Talk Dirty. It's an at-times shaky vocal performance, but everyone in the room is up on their feet.

Michael Idato: How late is fashionably late? Herding hundreds of celebrities past screaming crowds and media is tough but last past the post were the Real Housewives of Melbourne who, after a rapturous reception on the red carpet, were officially the last celebrities to take their seats.

Kylie Minogue was the biggest star of the night on the red carpet, according to Andrew Hornery. Who were the other highlights? Find out here.

Carrie Bickmore attending the 56 Logie Awards at Crown in Melbourne on Sunday 27 April 2014 . Click for more photos

Logies red carpet 2014

Carrie Bickmore attending the 56 Logie Awards at Crown in Melbourne on Sunday 27 April 2014 .

Ever wondered about the true value of a Logie?

"The networks want to win. The producers want to win. The on-air talent wants to win. They're the only major prize we have in Australia and everyone desperately wants one," a former TV publicist says.

"It cements the winner as part of the Australian psyche. When their show or their character inevitably gets killed off, advertisers will still pay a lot of money for their image."

Hope this year's nominees have their gracious-in-defeat looks ready then.

Let's get some predictions for the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor.

Michael Idato

Will win: Lachy Hulme. Having already impressed with his performance as Kerry Packer in Howzat!, Lachy Hulme's Sir Frank Packer came with a rare and revealing depth.

Michael Lallo

Should win: Lachy Hulme. Marvellous as temperamental media baron Frank Packer in Power Games; indeed, better than his portrayal of son Kerry in Howzat!

Will win: Most likely contenders are Wenham, Page and Hulme but Wenham's work in Better Man could give him the edge. (The program has already won the fist Logie of the year - the Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding Newcomer was given to main actor Remy Hii last week.)

Ben Pobjie

Should win: Kirk Page. Sensational performance as a gay father in a custody battle in the critically-beloved Redfern Now is deserving of all the awards it can get.

Will win: Lilley is a great actor, but his latest was lacklustre. Hulme's Packer caricature and McLachlan's crime-solving doc are making up the numbers. Wenham is acting royalty, and a victory for his performance in the harrowing true story Better Man shouldn't displease too many.

Kylie Minogue arrives at the 2014 Logie Awards at Crown Palladium.

Kylie Minogue arrives at the 2014 Logie Awards at Crown Palladium. Photo: Getty Images

Michael Lallo: Kylie Minogue - who won a record four Logies 26 years ago, including the Gold Logie - told Fairfax Media the event had grown since she played mechanic Charlene on Neighbours.

"This is not how I remember the Logies from 1988," she said on the red carpet. "This is proper, big and amazing."

Minogue remains the youngest-ever recipient of the Gold Logie. It's the first time she has attended the event since her win.

Well, it didn't take long. We have our first 'homage' to Ellen DeGeneres' now famous Oscars selfie. Can this overthrow Ellen's claim to the biggest selfie in history.

 

 

Not a fan of the Logies? Neither is Craig Mathieson, who says "it takes hard work to make something this slipshod and irritating". He suggests using fewer imported pop stars for starters.

Sorry Craig ... tonight's line-up includes British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, John Newman (the singer that is, not John 'Sam' Newman), American duo MKTO and Jason Derulo. There are two Aussies though: Kylie Minogue and Tina Arena.

Maybe next year?

It may be Australian television's night of nights, but who said you had to arrive in style?

 

 

Now for some predictions from our TV experts. Let's start with the Gold Logie.

Michael Idato

Who will win? Asher Keddie
Why? The Logies love a golden girl and, after an incredible year in narrative terms, few had the audience invested as deeply and as powerfully as Asher's performance on Offspring.

Michael Lallo

Who will win? Asher Keddie
Why? She did her finest work on Offspring last year, cementing her emotional connection with viewers.

Ben Pobjie

Who will win? Scott Cam
Why? Given it's a popularity award, the fact that lots of people watch Scott Cam's show gives him the inside running. Of course the voting system is subject to all sorts of vagaries, but if any of the others win, they'd be kidding themselves to think they're more popular than Cam.

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Andy Lee (Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia)

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Asher Keddie (Nina Proudman, Offspring)

36%

Carrie Bickmore (The Project)

15%

Essie Davis (Phryne Fisher, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries)

11%

Scott Cam (The Block)

12%

Stephen Peacocke (Darryl 'Brax' Braxton, Home and Away)

16%

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Of course, one award has already been announced. Remy Hii took out the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer for his work on the SBS mini-series Better Man, playing convicted heroin trafficker Van Tuong Nguyen.

''I am so incredibly excited,'' Hii told Fairfax last week. "It is such a prestigious award, nominated by peers, and the people who've won it before are such a distinguished group. I feel very humbled.''

 

 

Welcome to our blog of the 2014 Logie Awards. The focus tonight is on who will win the Gold Logie, but that's a long way off: there's one hour to go until the TV broadcast kicks off with the red carpet. As we all know, these nights are an endurance test.

Let's take the chance to catch up on the full list of nominees for tonight's awards.

Gold Logies

Most Popular Personality on TV

Andy Lee (Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia, Nine Network)
Asher Keddie (Nina Proudman, Offspring, Network Ten)
Essie Davis (Phryne Fisher, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, ABC1)
Carrie Bickmore (The Project, Network Ten)
Scott Cam (The Block, Nine Network)
Stephen Peacocke (Darryl 'Brax' Braxton, Home and Away, Channel Seven)

TV Week Hall of Fame

Not Yet Announced


Silver Logies

Outstanding Drama Series

A Place To Call Home (Channel Seven)
Offspring (Network Ten)
Redfern Now (ABC1)
The Time Of Our Lives (ABC1)
Wentworth (Foxtel/SoHo)

Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie

An Accidental Soldier (ABC1)
Better Man (SBS ONE)
Paper Giants: Magazine Wars (ABC1)
Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story (Nine Network)
Top Of The Lake (Foxtel/UKTV)

Outstanding Actor

Chris Lilley (Ja'mie: Private School Girl, ABC1)
Craig McLachlan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, ABC1)
David Wenham (Better Man, SBS ONE)
Kirk Page (Redfern Now, ABC1)
Lachy Hulme (Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story, Nine Network)

Outstanding Actress

Asher Keddie (Offspring, Network Ten)
Claudia Karvan (The Time Of Our Lives, ABC1)
Danielle Cormack (Wentworth, Foxtel/SoHo)
Kat Stewart (Offspring, Network Ten)
Mandy McElhinney (Paper Giants: Magazine Wars, ABC1)

Most Popular Actor

Chris Lilley (Ja'mie King, Ja'mie: Private School Girl, ABC1)
Dan Ewing (Heath Braxton, Home and Away, Channel Seven)
Hugh Sheridan (Ben Rafter, Packed to the Rafters, Channel Seven)
Matthew Le Nevez (Dr. Patrick Reid, Offspring, Network Ten)
Stephen Peacocke (Darryl 'Brax' Braxton, Home and Away, Channel Seven)

Most Popular Actress

Asher Keddie (Nina Proudman, Offspring, Network Ten)
Essie Davis (Phryne Fisher, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, ABC1)
Julia Morris (Gemma Horne, House Husbands, Nine Network)
Marta Dusseldorp (Sarah Adams, A Place to Call Home, Channel Seven)
Rebecca Gibney (Julie Rafter, Packed to the Rafters, Channel Seven)

Most Popular Presenter

Andy Lee (Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia, Nine Network)
Hamish Blake (Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia, Nine Network)
Adam Hills (Adam Hills Tonight, ABC1)
Carrie Bickmore (The Project, Network Ten)
Scott Cam (The Block, Nine Network)


Logies

Outstanding Light Entertainment Program

The Voice Australia (Nine Network)
Housos (SBS ONE)
It's A Date (ABC1)
Please Like Me (ABC2)
Upper Middle Bogan (ABC1)

Outstanding News Coverage

Crisis in Cairo – Brett Mason (World News Australia, SBS ONE)
'Missing the boat' - Jaymes Diaz interview (Ten Eyewitness News, Network Ten)
Leadership Spill (Foxtel/SKY NEWS)
NSW Bushfires (Nine News, Nine Network)
The Dark Side of the Force (Seven News, Channel Seven)

Outstanding Public Affairs Report

A Gracious Gift (Four Corners, ABC1)
Drugs in Sport – Stephen Dank (7.30, ABC1)
Manus Island (Dateline, SBS ONE)
Prime Suspect (Sunday Night, Channel Seven)
Prisoner X – The Australian Connection (Foreign Correspondent, ABC1)

Outstanding Factual Program

Desert War (ABC1)
Dirty Business (SBS ONE)
Jabbed (SBS ONE)
Kings Cross ER: St Vincent's Hospital (Foxtel/Crime & Investigation Network)
Redesign My Brain (ABC1)

Outstanding Sports Coverage

2013 NRL Grand Final (Nine Network)
2013 Toyota AFL Grand Final (Channel Seven)
Tour de France (SBS ONE)
2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup Carnival (Channel Seven)
The Ashes Cricket – Australia v England (Nine Network)

Outstanding Children's Program

Play Along With Sam (Foxtel/Nick Jr)
Dance Academy (ABC3)
Move It Mob Style (NITV)
Nowhere Boys (ABC3)
Play School (ABC4Kids)

Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer

Anna Bamford (Wonderland, Network Ten)
Caren Pistorius (Offspring, Network Ten; Redfern Now and Paper Giants, ABC1)
Meyne Wyatt (Redfern Now, ABC1)
Shareena Clanton (Wentworth, Foxtel/SoHo)
Remy Hii (Better Man, SBS ONE)

Most Popular New Talent

Abby Earl (A Place to Call Home, Channel Seven)
Bonnie Sveen (Home and Away, Channel Seven)
Caren Pistorius (Offspring, Network Ten; Redfern Now and Paper Giants, ABC1)
Johnny Ruffo (Chris Harrington, Home and Away, Channel Seven)
Timomatic (Australia's Got Talent, Nine Network)

Most Popular Drama Program

Home and Away (Channel Seven)
House Husbands (Nine Network)
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (ABC1)
Offspring (Network Ten)
Winners & Losers (Channel Seven)

Most Popular Light Entertainment Program

Hamish & Andy's Gap Year Asia (Nine Network)
Ja'mie: Private School Girl (ABC1)
The Project (Network Ten)
The Voice (Nine Network)
The X Factor Australia (Channel Seven)

Most Popular Reality Program

Big Brother (Nine Network)
Bondi Rescue (Network Ten)
My Kitchen Rules (Channel Seven)
The Block All Stars (Nine Network)
The Block Sky High (Nine Network)

Most Popular Sports Program

Before the Game (Network Ten)
The Cricket Show (Nine Network)
The AFL Footy Show (Nine Network)
The NRL Footy Show (Nine Network)
Wide World Of Sports (Nine Network)

Most Popular Lifestyle Program

Better Homes and Gardens (Channel Seven)
Domestic Blitz: The Block to the Rescue (Nine Network)
Embarrassing Bodies Down Under (Foxtel/LifeStyle YOU)
Selling Houses Australia (Foxtel/The LifeStyle Channel)
The Living Room (Network Ten)

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