Packed To The Rafters star Rebecca Gibney won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality On Australian Television at the 51st annual TV Week Logie Awards.

The awards, held at Melbourne’s Crown Casino on Sunday 3 May 2009, were hosted by former Big Brother host Gretel Killeen and broadcast on the Nine Network.

Gibney took out the award ahead of seven other nominees: Natalie Bassingthwaighte (So You Think You Can Dance Australia), Simmone Jade Mackinnon (McLeod’s Daughters), Andrew Denton (Enough Rope), Rove McManus (Rove, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader), Kate Ritchie (Home And Away), Adam Hills (Spicks And Specks) and Ian Smith (Neighbours).

Gibney paid tribute to her husband, Richard Bell, and son Zachary in her acceptance speech. “I think people forget about the family and friends who have to put up with our long hours and the fact we’re distracted more often than not. It’s so wonderful they’re here for us — I wouldn’t be doing this without my husband and son,” she told TV Week shortly after the win.

Packed To The Rafters, a ratings winner for Seven that had launched the year before, collected a total of six Logies on the night. Gibney also picked up the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actress, while co-star Hugh Sheridan won Most Popular New Male Talent, and Jessica Marais picked up two awards — Most Popular New Female Talent and the Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding New Talent. The series also won Most Popular Australian Drama.

Seven’s other prime time drama Home And Away picked up one award — Todd Lasance (pictured) won the Silver Logie for Most Popular Actor.

The Nine Network’s Underbelly was also a hit on Logies night. The series won the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Drama Series, Mini-Series Or Telemovie. Gyton Grantley won the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor and Kat Stewart won the Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actress. The pair played husband and wife Carl and Roberta Williams in the series depicting Melbourne’s underworld scene. For both actors Underbelly has been a springboard to future opportunities, with them both appearing in the Foxtel comedy :30 Seconds and Stewart starring in a new Foxtel series, Tangle.

Rove McManus missed out on the Gold Logie, but he did pick up the Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter for his hosting of Rove and Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? Rove also won the Logie for Most Popular Light Entertainment Program.

Network Ten‘s So You Think You Can Dance Australia won Most Popular Reality Program and Bondi Rescue won Most Popular Factual Program.

ABC took away three Logies on the night, all in industry-voted categories; ABC News won Most Outstanding News Coverage for its reporting of the China earthquake, political comedy The Hollowmen won Most Outstanding Comedy Program, and the Foreign Correspondent report “Afghanistan: A Survivor’s Tale” won Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report.

The SBS documentary The First Australians won Most Outstanding Documentary, and the Seven Network’s coverage of the Olympic Games from Beijing won Most Outstanding Sports Coverage.

The Network Ten series H2O: Just Add Water won Most Outstanding Children’s Program.

Foxtel movie host Bill Collins was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards Hall Of Fame. Collins’ television career dated back to discussing films on ABC’s Roundabout program in 1963. He then became a movie presenter for Nine, Seven and Ten before moving to Foxtel in 1995.

Overseas guests at the Logies included Days Of Our Lives stars Peter Reckell (Bo in the series) and Kristian Alfonso (Hope), and Queer Eye For The Straight Guy‘s Carson Kressley was a co-host on the Logies red carpet. Aussie actress Rachel Griffiths, at the time a cast member in the US series Brothers And Sisters, was also a special guest of the Logies.

Musical performances included Australian Idol runner up Jessica Mauboy singing Unforgettable to accompany the In Memorian tribute, So You Think You Can Dance Australia host and Gold and Silver Logie nominee Natalie Bassingthwaighte performing her new single, and special guest Annie Lennox with songs from her just-released best-of album.

Hosting her first Logies, Gretel Killeen copped plenty of criticism, mirroring the experience of Wendy Harmer a few years earlier. Though, Killeen’s effort was probably one of the first to suffer the wrath of social media, with comedians and viewers lumping on criticism throughout the night, and radio commentators doing the same the next morning. Killeen was philosophical about the event when asked about it some months later.

“I think we all know hosting the Logies is a little bit like volunteering to be the target for a game of brandings,” she told The Age.

“It’s a gig – you do it and you move on.”

Publicly-voted Awards:

Gold Logie — Most Popular Personality: Rebecca Gibney

Silver Logie — Most Popular Actor: Todd Lasance
Silver Logie — Most Popular Actress: Rebecca Gibney
Silver Logie — Most Popular Presenter: Rove McManus

Most Popular Light Entertainment Program: Rove
Most Popular Sports Program: The Footy Show (NRL)
Most Popular New Male Talent: Hugh Sheridan
Most Popular New Female Talent: Jessica Marais
Most Popular Reality Program: So You Think You Can Dance Australia
Most Popular Factual Program: Bondi Rescue
Most Popular Lifestyle Program: Better Homes And Gardens
Most Popular Australian Drama: Packed To The Rafters

Industry-voted awards:

Gold Logie — Hall Of Fame: Bill Collins

Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actor: Gyton Grantley
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Actress: Kat Stewart
Silver Logie — Most Outstanding Drama Series, Mini-Series Or Telemovie: Underbelly

Most Outstanding News Coverage: “China Earthquake”, ABC News
Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report: “Afghanistan: A Survivor’s Tale”, Foreign Correspondent
Most Outstanding Documentary: Constructing Australia: The First Australians
Most Outstanding Factual Series: Border Security
Most Outstanding Comedy Program: The Hollowmen
Most Outstanding Sports Coverage: Olympic Games
Most Outstanding Children’s Program: H2O: Just Add Water

Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding New Talent: Jessica Marais

Source: TV Week, 2 May 2009, 16 May 2009. The Age, Herald Sun

The 61st annual TV Week Logie Awards. Tonight, Sunday 30 June, 7.30pm (Red Carpet 7pm), Nine Network and 9Now.

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