Comedian Hamish Blake was awarded the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television at the 54th annual TV Week Logie Awards. He had polled ahead of Adam Hills, Asher Keddie, Carrie Bickmore, Esther Anderson and Karl Stefanovic — with the short-listed nominees subject to an SMS vote that closed just as the Logies presentation began.
There was also celebration for Blake and his comedy cohort Andy Lee with their program Hamish And Andy’s Gap Year also winning a Logie for Most Popular Light Entertainment Program.
The awards were held on Sunday 14 April 2012 and televised on the Nine Network. Following the usual Red Carpet coverage, Gold Logie nominee Adam Hills was the first presenter on stage at Crown Palladium. Although Hills stressed that he was not hosting the show last night, his opening monologue showed that perhaps he was someone who should have been.
Other presenters on the night included Chrissie Swan, Lincoln Lewis, Rodger Corser, Jacki Weaver, Alison Langdon, Hamish Macdonald, Alex Dimitriades, John Wood, Sigrid Thornton, Rove McManus, Kate Ritchie, Shane Jacobson, Tracy Grimshaw, Kerry O’Brien, Julia Morris, Manu Feildel, Denise Scott, Essie Davis, Stephen Curry, Don Hany, Georgie Parker, Lisa Wilkinson, Karl Stefanovic as well as Blake and Lee.
Kath And Kim stars Gina Riley and Jane Turner, in character as homewares housewives Prue and Trude, were also on stage to present an award.
It was a long night, with Shaun Micallef appearing on screen after midnight to announce Blake as the winner of the Gold Logie.
The Nine Network claimed six Logies on the night, including Underbelly: Razor star Chelsie Preston Crayford winning the Graham Kennedy Award for Outstanding New Talent, The Block for Most Popular Reality Program, Nine News’ coverage of the Queensland floods winning Most Outstanding News Coverage and Nine’s coverage of the NRL State Of Origin III winning Most Outstanding Sports Coverage.
Seven’s Packed To The Rafters came away with two Logies – Most Popular Drama and Most Popular Actor (Hugh Sheridan, pictured above with co-star Erik Thomson) – prompting an unusual response from star Rebecca Gibney: “For a show that’s in decline, we’re doing OK.” Seven’s other dramas Winners And Losers and Home And Away both collected the Most Popular New Talent awards for Melissa Bergland and Steve Peacocke (pictured below) respectively.
The long-running Better Homes And Gardens won Most Popular Lifestyle Program.
Network Ten’s Bondi Rescue won again for Most Popular Factual Series, and the network’s coverage of the 2011 AFL Grand Final won Most Popular Sports Program. The network also ‘shared’ a Logie with ABC, with Asher Keddie (pictured below) winning the award for Most Popular Actress for her roles in Ten’s Offspring and ABC’s Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo.
ABC took away a number of awards, particularly among the industry-voted categories, for programs including The Slap, My Place, Spicks And Specks and Four Corners. Adam Hills was awarded the Silver Logie for Most Popular Presenter, following a year that saw Spicks And Specks wind up after seven years and the debut of Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight, while Rob Carlton won Most Outstanding Actor for his portrayal of media magnate Kerry Packer in Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo.
SBS won the Logie for Most Outstanding Documentary Series for its widely-acclaimed series Go Back To Where You Came From.
There were musical performances from One Direction, Tony Bennett, Flo Rida and The Voice judges Seal and Delta Goodrem.
Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum was inducted into the TV Week Logie Awards’ Hall Of Fame, with tributes from John Paul Young, Red Symons, Delta Goodrem, Dannii Minogue and Michael Gudinski. The former Countdown and Hey Hey It’s Saturday presenter was recovering from severe injuries sustained from a fall just before Christmas and was not able to attend the awards presentation.
Mick Molloy’s moving tribute to actor and former colleague Bill Hunter led the list of those that have passed on in the last year – including Ian Turpie, Vince Lovegrove, Carl Bleazby, Godfrey Philipp, Jon Blake, David Fordham, Sean Flannery, Bob Davis, Michele Fawdon, Googie Withers, Paul Lockyer, Ian Carroll, John Bean, Gary Ticehurst, Rex Mossop and Harold Hopkins.
With the debut of The Voice followed by the four-hour Logies telecast, the Nine Network claimed a massive ratings victory on a night where all three commercial networks rolled out the big guns to kick off the ratings after the Easter break. The Seven Network rivalled Nine’s lineup with the series return of Dancing With The Stars, while Network Ten screened the network premiere of Hollywood blockbuster Avatar.
GOLD LOGIE – Most Popular Personality: Hamish Blake
SILVER LOGIE — Most Popular Actor: Hugh Sheridan (Packed To The Rafters)
SILVER LOGIE — Most Popular Actress: Asher Keddie (Offspring/Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo)
SILVER LOGIE — Most Popular Presenter: Adam Hills (Spicks And Specks/Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight)
MOST POPULAR NEW MALE TALENT: Steve Peacocke (Home And Away)
MOST POPULAR NEW FEMALE TALENT: Melissa Bergland (Winners & Losers)
MOST POPULAR DRAMA SERIES: Packed To The Rafters
MOST POPULAR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM: Hamish & Andy’s Gap Year
MOST POPULAR LIFESTYLE PROGRAM: Better Homes And Gardens
MOST POPULAR SPORTS PROGRAM: 2011 AFL Grand Final
MOST POPULAR REALITY PROGRAM: The Block
MOST POPULAR FACTUAL PROGRAM: Bondi Rescue
GOLD LOGIE — Hall Of Fame: Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum
SILVER LOGIE — Most Outstanding Actor: Rob Carlton (Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo)
SILVER LOGIE — Most Outstanding Actress: Melissa George (The Slap)
SILVER LOGIE — Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie: The Slap
GRAHAM KENNEDY AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING NEW TALENT: Chelsie Preston Crayford (Underbelly: Razor)
MOST OUTSTANDING NEWS COVERAGE: Queensland Floods, Nine News
MOST OUTSTANDING PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT: “A Bloody Business”, Four Corners
MOST OUTSTANDING LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM: Spicks And Specks
MOST OUTSTANDING SPORTS COVERAGE: State Of Origin III
MOST OUTSTANDING CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: My Place
MOST OUTSTANDING FACTUAL PROGRAM: Go Back To Where You Came From
[This is a revision of a post that was published in 2012]
Source: TV Week, 24 March 2012, 14 April 2012, 21 April 2012, 28 April 2012
The 62nd annual TV Week Logie Awards, Sunday 19 June, 7.30pm, Nine/WIN and 9Now.