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Published on Jan 15, 2012
Australian cinematography legend, Donald M. McAlpine (ACS/ASC), was presented with the nation's highest screen accolade -- the AACTA Raymond Longford Award.
McAlpine joins an illustrious group of Australian screen greats, each of whom are previous Raymond Longford Award recipients, including Peter Weir, Geoffrey Rush, Fred Schepisi, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell and Jack Thompson.
McAlpine's career spans more than 50 films made over 40 years, and includes Australian classics such as Don's Party and 'Breaker' Morant, through to international blockbusters such as Predator, Patriot Games and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
He has received numerous accolades throughout his career including an Oscar® and BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography for Moulin Rouge!, a BAFTA nomination for William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, working with Baz Luhrmann, as well as three AFI Awards.
This marks the first award to be bestowed by the newly-established Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), as part of the Samsung AACTA Awards Luncheon -- the first of AACTA's two awards events in January.