Hamish seals gold as Logies go in one direction
The red carpet may have been bulging with television's most commercial creatures, soap stars and models, but it was the national broadcaster that stole the show last night at the 54th annual TV Week Logie Awards.
Historically, the ABC has always played bridesmaid to its commercial sisters at TV's so-called ''night of nights''.
Last night, however, it scooped the pool, walking away with one-third of the 23 awards.
Logie Awards 2012
Asher Keddie on the red carpet. Photo: Simon Schluter
The critically acclaimed drama The Slap won outstanding drama and one of its stars, actress Melissa George, the award for outstanding actress. Rob Carlton, who won almost universal praise for his performance as Kerry Packer in the miniseries Paper Giants, won the award for outstanding actor.
The ABC's venerable Four Corners won the award for outstanding public affairs report for its story, ''A Bloody Business'', in which the journalist Sarah Ferguson investigated the export of Australian cattle to Indonesian slaughterhouses. The ABC also won nods for Spicks and Specks, its host, comedian Adam Hills, and the children's series My Place.
The night's top award, the Gold Logie, is awarded to the most popular personality on TV. Nine's Hamish Blake steamrolled favourites Carrie Bickmore and Karl Stefanovic to win the award.
Considering the TV networks invest in aggressive marketing campaigns to back their candidates in the category, Blake was clearly aided, in no small way, by his Twitter following of 291,000 and 1.5 million Facebook fans. The other stakeholders will walk away with mixed feelings. Seven, which won six awards from the strongest starting position of 31 nominations across the various categories, will be less than overjoyed. Foxtel, from eight nominations, won nothing, except its part-share in Molly Meldrum's TV Week Hall of Fame Gold Logie. (Meldrum is contracted to both Foxtel and Seven.) SBS, with seven nominations, won only one, but it was a good one: the controversial reality series Go Back To Where You Came From won the award for outstanding factual program.
It was the boy band One Direction who stole the show, turning the Logies telecast into an impromptu rock concert, and causing scenes at Melbourne's Crown Entertainment Complex that were reminiscent of tours by somewhat more iconic performers, such as ABBA or the Beatles.
Because at least two networks lay claim to actress Asher Keddie and Molly Meldrum, the totals by network are eight for the ABC, six for Seven, six for Nine, three for Ten and one for Foxtel.