One year on our screens is all it took for The Project’s WALEED ALY to win over Australian audiences and take out the prestigious TV WEEK Gold Logie at the 2016 Logies.
Tonight, the presenter beat his fellow Project co-host and last year’s Gold Logie winner CARRIE BICKMORE, as well as SCOTT CAM, ESSIE DAVIS, GRANT DENYER and social media favourite LEE LIN CHIN.
“It’s very humbling,” Waleed told TV WEEK. “There is a statement being made by the audience when that happens, and that’s incredibly flattering. Because I never honestly thought of myself as really ever being in the conversation.”
“It’s a real surprise, because I’ve always kind of assumed Logies were for other people,” Waleed says after also taking out the award for Best Presenter.
There will be excitement for THE PROJECT desk tomorrow night with two Gold Logie winners hosting the show. The team also took out Best News Panel or Current Affairs Program.
“It’s an extraordinary sense of validation that you get,” Waleed says. “Because when you walk into a job like this, there is so much scope for doing badly and there is so much scope for being rejected by an audience that has grown attached to what the show was before you got there.”
Channel Ten’s THE LIVING ROOM couldn’t wipe the smiles off their faces after going back-to-back for Best Lifestyle Program.
“We always hope to win, but we never expect it and we’re always very grateful,” Dr Chris Brown says.
It wasn’t just the Gold Logie that had the highest honour of the night. The crowd roared when A Place To Call Home actress and TV legend NONI HAZLEHURST was inducted into the TV WEEK Logies Hall of Fame.
“I’m really proud to be recognised,” said Noni. “But, there are many equally deserving women who should have been acknowledged before this. Hopefully, the glacier will keep moving forward.”
HOME AND AWAY took out the award for Best Drama Program, beating out newcomer 800 Words as well as Love Child and A Place To Call Home.
When it came to the industry voted Outstanding Awards, the big winners were DEBORAH MAILMAN who took Most Outstanding Actress for Redfern Now: Promise Me. Wentworth star CELIA IRELAND grabbed Most Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work on the Australian prison drama.
As for the newcomer awards, the three winners, JOEL JACKSON (Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actor) MELINA VIDLER (Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actress) and KY BALDWIN (The Graham Kennedy Breakthrough Star of Tomorrow Award) will each receive a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles flying with Virgin Australia.
As well as a one-year scholarship at Stella Adler Academy Of Acting And Theatre in LA, thanks to LA-based non-profit organisation Australians In Film and their exclusive partners. They’ll also receive a one-year management contract in LA with Australian Artists Management, as well as a TV WEEK photo shoot.
2016 Logies. And the winners are…
Best Personality on Australian Television
(Waleed Aly, The Project)
(Waleed Aly, The Project)
(Erik Thomson, 800 Words)
(Jess Marais, Love Child)
Best New Talent
(Adam Dovile, Better Homes And Gardens)
Best Lifestyle Program
(The Living Room)
Best Sports Program
(The NRL Footy Show)
Best Entertainment Program
Best Reality Program
Best Drama Program
(Home And Away)
Best Factual Program
Best News Panel or Current Affairs Program
Most Outstanding Actor
Most Outstanding Actress
Most Outstanding Drama Series
Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie
(The Secret River)
Most Outstanding Supporting Actor
Most Outstanding Supporting Actress
Most Outstanding Children’s Program
(Ready For This)
Most Outstanding Entertainment Program
Most Outstanding News Coverage
Most Outstanding Public Affairs Report
(The Killing Season)
Most Outstanding Sports Coverage
(KFC T20 Big Bash League)
Most Outstanding Comedy Program
(Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell)
Hall of Fame
Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actor
Most Outstanding Newcomer – Actress
The Graham Kennedy Breakthrough Star Of Tomorrow Award
Also check out the moment Julia Morris played true to form with a “fall” whilst presenting an award.