Carla Geneve, Spacey Jane and Tame Impala are poised to add to their heaving trophy cabinets thanks to the 2020 WAMAwards.
For the third year in a row, Albany-raised blues-rocker Geneve leads the nominations for the annual celebration of WA talent, which were unveiled today.
She has a six nods, including best rock act, most popular act, best guitarist and most popular live act, plus best single for The Right Reasons — a track on her debut album, Learn to Like It, which is released on April 23.
Meanwhile Spacey Jane lead a six-pack of WA acts boasting five nomination each. The others are Grace Barbe, Grievous Bodily Calm, Noah Dillon, Supathick, and Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks.
Following their impressive second place in the Triple J Hottest 100 with break-up ballad Booster Seat, the Spaceys are up for best album (for Sunlight), pop act and single in the industry-voted categories.
First Nations hip-hop MC and soul vocalist MissGenius — a Maduwongga and Noongar woman, who grew up in Broome, Perth and Kalgoorlie — has four nods, including best indigenous and regional act.
Tame Impala’s latest long-player The Slow Rush is nominated for best album alongside top local releases from San Cisco, Great Gable, New Nausea, Birds of Tokyo and Spacey Jane — arguably the strongest field for the most prestigious WAMAward in the ceremony’s history.
Kevin Parker’s world renowned psych-pop project are perhaps out of place in the best rock act category, where they’re up against guitar-wielding outfits Verge Collection, the Southern River Band, Sly Withers and Geneve.
Perhaps Tame Impala should be competing with San Cisco, Alter Boy, Your Girl Pho, Ghost Care, Spacey Jane and Stella Donnelly for the best pop act crown.
Relative newcomer Siobhan Cotchen stars in both the best blues/roots and country act categories, and another Perth-spawned global superstar in Troye Sivan is nominated for best EP for In a Dream.
The big industry gong, the Golden WAMi 2020 is a five-way tussle between behind-the-scenes stalwarts Tenille Elkins, Hayley Ayres, Mark Neal, Will Backler and accountant-to-the-stars Kylie Thompson.
There are 20 industry-voted categories spanning genres such as folk, hip-hop, electronica and metal, plus an award for label of the year.
Ten craft categories specifically honour singers, instrumentalists, producers, engineers and video, plus a new categories for best live/streaming sound engineers.
And there are five awards that the public will decide before voting closes on March 3.
The winners will be announced live at His Majesty’s Theatre on March 23.
The WAMAwards ceremony was initially planned for November last year.
While the 2021 Golden Globes are right around the corner, the nominee announcements are much sooner!
On Wednesday, Feb. 3, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association—along with celebrity guests—will reveal which film and television stars made the coveted list. The prestigious event tends to include a bit of surprise every year, and this year will surely be no different.
There are quite a few titles predicted to snag one or two noms after capturing millions of eyes last year, including The Queen’s Gambit, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Crown, One Night in Miami and more many.
Check out all the details below to find out how to watch the major Golden Globes announcement exclusively on E! News and Today.
When are the 2021 Golden Globes nominations announced and what time do they start?
This year, the 78th Golden Globe nominations in all 25 categories will be announced on Wednesday, Feb. 3 starting at 5:35 a.m. PST/8:35 am EST.
The 2020 AFL draft is just days away — and clubs, particularly those with first-round picks, are pondering when to make rivals pay the price for having priority access to some of this year’s best young prospects.
Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd earlier this year dubbed this year’s draft “the most compromised draft in the history of the game”. That’s because a significant portion of the top Under 18 footballers are already tied to AFL clubs, either via father-son or academy links.
It means comes draft night, rival clubs will ‘bid’ on up to a dozen prospects to ensure the teams that have rights to those players ‘earn’ the draft selection.
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We could see this in action immediately, with Adelaide considering whether to call out the name of Bulldogs Next Generation Academy prospect Jamarra Ugle-Hagan with the first pick — an unprecedented call, should it come to fruition.
No matter where a bid on the key forward comes, the Bulldogs have the draft points to match it, even if the Crows try to pounce at Pick 1. So he’ll be at Whitten Oval next year.
Multiple draft sources spoken to by foxfooty.com.au declared Ugle-Hagan clearly the best player of this year’s class.
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But it’s unclear whether Adelaide holds the same view. If it doesn’t, the club simply won’t bid on him.
Yet as Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks indicated earlier this week, the Crows plan to “pick the best player, we believe, that’s in the draft” at Pick 1 — and if that’s Ugle-Hagan, then “that’s where I guess a bid would come on him”.
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But as The Age pointed out last month, should Ugle-Hagan be taken first, he’d earn a $10,000 bonus from the AFL and as much as $20,000 from draft sponsor NAB. It means Adelaide would surrender a crucial marketing opportunity, as taking a player with Pick 2 instead of Pick 1 doesn’t generate the same hype.
If the Crows snub Ugle-Hagan, it’s unlikely he slips any lower than Pick 3, with Sydney almost certain to launch a bid on him if he’s still available.
Speaking of the Swans, they’re going to be busy during the first round of the draft, with their top two academy prospects set to fetch early bids.
While the Swans won’t be forced to match a bid before their natural Pick 3, a rival club could make a play for left-footed midfielder Braeden Campbell soon afterwards, with a bid likely to come inside the top 10.
Essendon has three opportunities — Picks 6, 7 or 8 — to call Campbell’s name before Adelaide’s next selection at Pick 9 — and the Crows have a history of making rivals pay for their academy/father-son selections. You can almost guarantee Campbell won’t slip beyond the top 15.
Midfielder-forward Errol Gulden is the Swans’ other academy gun, with a bid set to come in the 20s. That means a rival club could call his name at the end of the first round or start of the second round.
No matter when the two bids come, the Swans are well prepared to match them, meaning they could walk away from the draft with three first-round draftees.
Campbell mightn’t be the only player that attracts a late top-10 bid, with the Bombers and Crows also considering a play for Collingwood Next Generation Academy prospect Reef McInnes.
The big-bodied midfielder has been touted as a late first-round prospect for many months, with the Magpies no doubt hopeful he’d slip past their first two selections (Picks 14 and 16). They could be proactive and trade one of their selections on draft night to avoid it being wiped. Foxfooty.com.au reported last week the Bombers had spoken openly of potentially swapping Pick 8 with the Pies, but an official offer hadn’t come yet. Collingwood is also keen to move its future first round pick, given it’ll be wiped by a likely top-five bid on father-son prospect Nick Daicos.
Then there’s Port Adelaide Next Generation Academy gun Lachlan Jones, who also looms as a top-15 prospect.
The Power have been well prepared to acquire Jones for two years — they have five late draft picks to help them match a bid on Wednesday — but they initially mightn’t have expected a bid to come as early as the mid-point of the first round.
Again Jones could attract attention come one of Essendon’s top 10 picks, while Adelaide and the Giants would also consider a bid. If not, it’s highly unlikely Jones would slip past North Melbourne (Pick 11) and Fremantle (Pick 12).
This year’s ‘bid bolter’ is Lions academy prospect Blake Coleman, the brother of current Lion Keidean Coleman.
Foxfooty.com.au reported last week that Collingwood could place an early bid on Coleman with one of its two first-round selections. Whether that still happens if it trades out one of Pick 14 or 16 as a result of an anticipated early McInnes bid, however, remains unclear.
Should the Pies bypass Coleman, it’s likely Melbourne will call out Coleman’s name with either Pick 18 or 19.
Hawthorn will also consider its options given it has priority access to Next Generation academy member Connor Downie.
Rival clubs rate the left-footed defender around the Pick 20 to 25 mark — and the Hawks’ second selection lands at Pick 24. They’ll be hopeful a bid on Downie doesn’t come before that selection so they can nab other players at Picks 4 and 24. If that comes to fruition, the Hawks have three selections in the 40s to easily match the play and secure Downie.
That aforementioned group of players are likely to be the first seven to land at clubs they’re already tied to.
From there, most teams will weigh up whether to match rival club bids on prospects or not — or even hope they slip to the rookie draft.
Players that aren’t expected to fetch a bid until the later stages of the national draft include: Joel Western (Fremantle, NGA), Brandon Walker (Fremantle, NGA), Josh Eyre (Essendon, NGA), Cody Brand (Essendon, NGA), James Borlase (Adelaide, NGA), Tarik Newchurch (Adelaide, NGA), Taj Schofield (Port Adelaide, father-son), Cody Raak (Western Bulldogs, NGA), Carter Michael (Brisbane, academy), Saxon Crozier (Brisbane, academy), Josh Green (Giants, academy) and Maurice Rioli Jnr (Richmond, father-son).
The Dockers are expected to match bids on their two NGA prospects. As are the Bombers, who see Eyre (forward) and Brand (defender) filling key-position posts. But there’s less certainty around players like Crozier, Michael and Green.
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The Herald Sun reported on Friday that Richmond remained hopeful it’d be able to select Rioli Jnr using a late pick, or even pick him up in the rookie draft.
Then there’s Gold Coast, which will be able to pre-list academy guns Alex Davies and Joel Jeffrey without having to match live draft bids due to the list concessions given to the club by the AFL last year. In an open draft, both players would’ve arguably been considered first-round prospects, with Davies being an impressive ball-winner and Jeffrey a versatile 192cm utility.
The Suns could also rookie-list other academy prospects like Rhys Nicholls or Aidan Fyfe.
With police brutality continuing to devastate Black families and the coronavirus ravishing Black America disproportionately, the world was driven to the significance of this year’s Juneteenth more than ever before.
And Beyoncé knew she wanted to release a song on that momentous day, so she dropped “Black Parade,” an anthemic jam where she proudly sings about her heritage, hometown, and returning to her African roots.
Months later, the song – and others focused on protesting, police brutality, and the overall Black experience – are taking center stage at the 2021 Grammy Awards.
Beyoncé’s “Black Parade” scored nominations for two of the top awards: song of the year and record of the year. The track will also compete for best RB song and best RB performance.
“There could have been a different approach as far as releasing the record and capitalizing off of timings of other things, but we really wanted to get it out during a time where we could all remember the feeling and the energy,” Derek Dixie, a longtime collaborator of Beyoncé’s who co-wrote the song with the pop star, said in an interview with The Associated Press.
“It’s not always about the money and about catching streaming numbers and things like that. Sometimes it’s just about what it is – which was making our people proud.”
“Black Parade” helped Beyoncé land nine nominations, making her the overall top Grammy contender. Mr. Dixie earned three Grammy nominations for co-writing and co-producing the song.
For song of the year, “Black Parade” will compete with H.E.R.’s “I Can’t Breathe,” the RB singer’s track about police brutality.
Lil Baby’s “The Bigger Picture,” a protest song he created in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, scored nominations for best rap song and best rap performance. Proceeds from the song will support the Black Lives Matter movement, Breonna Taylor’s attorney, The Bail Project, and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Anderson.Paak also released a song on Juneteenth – the holiday that commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free – and it’s competing for two awards. “Lockdown” is nominated for best rap performance and best music video.
Country singer Mickey Guyton wrote the track “Black Like Me” a year ago but released it this year because she felt it was extremely relevant. Now, it’s nominated for best country solo performance, giving the performer her first-ever Grammy nomination.
“It’s been so hard in the country music community, and trying to get country music to even support my music – and for me to get a Grammy [nomination], it just goes to show that writing your truth is just the way to go,” Ms. Guyton told the AP on Tuesday. “And not only writing your truth, but really bringing your brothers and sisters up with you.”
But Ms. Guyton admits that everyone’s response to her song wasn’t warm. It features the lyrics, “If you think we live in the land of the free/You should try to be Black like me.”
“I released it and I did get people that were very angry. There were even radio stations that people were like, ‘Get this [expletive] off of my radio station,’” she said. “I would get people writing me messages like, ‘Well, if you don’t like it here then leave.’ And I’m like, ‘Well, it’s just as much my country as it is yours.’”
Ms. Guyton added that some “radio stations were scared to play [‘Black Like Me’] because they were [angering] their listeners, because their listeners didn’t want to hear that.”
Apart from “Black Parade,” Beyoncé also earned nominations for her film honoring Black art and Black history, “Black Is King,” as well as her ode to dark- and brown-skinned women, “Brown Skin Girl.”
Mr. Dixie, who has worked as Beyoncé’s music director and has produced, engineered, and arranged songs for the singer, said he’s grateful he’s working with an artist who boldly speaks about Black pride in her music.
“It’s just good to see that she’s willing to put that type of energy out and not necessarily be thinking about: ‘What’s going to guarantee me a No. 1? What’s going to guarantee me this?’ It’s a part of our conversation, it’s a part of the process, but when it’s necessary to put that art out there, to put that energy out there, she’s usually … leading the pack in that regard,” Mr. Dixie said. “So I’m grateful to be associated with her on that path.”
Ms. Guyton added that it’s comforting to see some many Black musicians reflect the current times in their music, and she’s grateful to the Grammys for acknowledging those kinds of songs.
“It’s so important because so often Black people, and Black women especially, are getting overlooked. … And you’re constantly just trying to get people to remember that you’re there,” she said. “It feels like we’re seen, and I don’t think we’ve always felt seen.”
“I use this scenario of going into any grocery store – if you go to any grocery store … and you look for hair products for someone who is ethnic and … you see an entire aisle full of every and any hair product you can possibly think for someone that is not Black. But whenever it comes to finding hair products for a Black person, we’re designated a shelf. And today, it doesn’t feel like we’re designated a shelf.”
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Country music artist Fanny Lumsden has topped nominations for the 2021 Country Music Awards of Australia, also known as the Golden Guitars, appearing in seven categories.
The awards are set to go ahead live in Tamworth on January 23 despite the cancellation — due to COVID-19 — of the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival, which usually precedes it.
Lumsden and her husband, Dan Freeman, nearly didn’t make this year’s festival after a huge bushfire threatened their home in Tooma in southern New South Wales.
But stories of resilience have inspired much of the work on their album, Fallow, which is nominated for the coveted Album of the Year award.
Lumsden has also picked up nominations in the Alt-County Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Single of the Year, Heritage Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Female Artist of the Year.
Sister group The McClymonts have picked up six nominations, including for Contemporary Country Album of the Year, for their sixth studio album, Mayhem to Madness.
Travis Collins is also up for six nominations off the back of his new album, Wreck Me.
Tamworth local Allison Forbes has been nominated in four categories for her first album Bonedigger, while the Tamworth grown — and now Newcastle-based — Hurricane Fall will compete in the Group of Duo of the Year category.
Industry stalwarts Adam Harvey and Lee Kernaghan have been nominated in the Vocal Collaboration of the Year category for their duet Ramblin’ Fever.
If Kernaghan is successful in winning an award this year he will overtake Slim Dusty as the record holder for most Golden Guitar awards.
The 2021 Golden Guitar Awards are set to be a time of celebration for the industry, which has weathered a difficult year as the global pandemic shut down many opportunities for musicians to earn a living playing gigs
The Tamworth Deputy Mayor, Phil Betts, acknowledged the current climate and paid tribute to the artists who continued to produce their music.
“This certainly is a different norm we’re emerging throughout of the COVID crisis,” he said.
“We look forward to the January (awards) event and to see the nominees that are here today, be able to enjoy the awards again as usual.”
‘Australian country music will continue’
Country Music Association of Australia chairman Dan Biddle said the industry appreciated Tamworth’s commitment to the music genre.
“There is no other regional city in Australia that invests in or supports music of any genre to the level that Tamworth does,” he said.
“The fact we’ve received a record number of entries in a number of categories shows our artists and their teams will ensure that this golden age of Australian country music will continue, no matter what challenges it may face.”
At one stage it looked like the 2021 Golden Guitars Award Ceremony would be online only, but organisers are now confident a live show in Tamworth will go ahead and also be streamed via the ABC.
For a lot of Australians, the annual ARIA Music Awards stoke memories of Delta Goodrem, Silverchair and passionate Tina Arena speeches.
But this year, for Canberrans, there is a nominee to be found closer to home.
Palmerston Primary School music teacher CJ Shaw is one of just four people nominated for the ARIA Music Teacher award.
If he wins, it will be a first for the ACT — and a huge deal for the little community of kids who say he is the best teacher they have ever had.
From the road to the classroom
The ARIA Music Teacher Award was introduced in 2017, to recognise the huge impact music teachers have on kids throughout Australia.
With his fedora on and sticker-studded guitar in hand, Mr Shaw works hard to make singing a spiritual experience for his students.
His teaching career began five years ago, after spending his 20s touring as a musician.
“The family trade called me back,” Mr Shaw laughed.
“We are all teachers as far as the eye can see from aunts to uncles to brothers and sisters and mums and dads, we are all teachers.”
His songs are original and help make subjects that aren’t always fun a treat — perfect for Palmerston Primary in Canberra’s north, which is home to a lot of families with ties to the armed forces.
Earlier this year Mr Shaw wrote an original song about ANZAC biscuits to help students think about the complexities of war.
“Gonna bake my dad some Anzac biscuits, send them to the war,” the lyrics state.
“Gonna bake my dad some Anzac biscuits, make sure that he comes home.
“Gonna bake enough for my sister, gonna bake enough for my mum
“Gonna bake enough for my next door neighbour, who lost both his sons.”
“I wanted to give students access to understanding,” Mr Shaw explained.
The song did what it intended, and the students have gone on to record it in a converted studio classroom, make a stop-motion video to accompany it, and it has been picked up my the Australian War Memorial and ABC Radio Canberra.
“The kids felt like rockstars, there’s been great ownership from the whole school,” Mr Shaw said.
“There’s probably 30 voices on the track but you can go through and you can ask any number of kids and they’d swear it’s actually them.
“Even if I’ve never taught them … they’d be like, ‘Nah I think that’s me!'”
Principal Kate Smith, who nominated Mr Shaw for the award, said children are often heard rapping their times tables or singing a passionate rendition of the homophone song in the playground.
“The staff get into it as well,” she said.
‘When I grow up I want to teach people to sing like Mr Shaw’
Ms Smith called Mr Shaw “a magician”, and a quick look around his music room shows his students think so, too.
Heart shaped sticky notes stuck all over the walls tell a story of what music has grown to mean to the kids.
“When I listen to music, it makes me feel like myself,” one reads.
“I love music because it can change your mood!” writes another.
Year five student Alex said it was the happiness that Mr Shaw brought to music that made him such a good teacher.
Skyla, grade two, said she looks up to Mr Shaw.
“He has taught me to express my voice better,” she said.
“When I grow up I want to teach people to sing like Mr Shaw.”
During lockdown when children weren’t in classrooms, Mr Shaw made regular appearances in the loungerooms of school families.
“A lot of parents were actually really sad when the kids came back to school because it meant they weren’t getting a daily dose of CJ in their loungerooms,” Ms Smith said.
From one legend to another
But while Mr Shaw is considered a rock star in his own right around the school yard, there is another rock star in this story.
When Mr Shaw was contacted by the ARIA team to see who he wanted to announce his nomination, only one name came to mind.
“There are only very few times in your life that you can just say ‘Jimmy Barnes’ and look them in the eye,” he said.
A few weeks later, Barnsey was beamed out through on a projector in Mr Shaw’s classroom.
“Music is a way of expressing how you feel inside,” he told the year five class.
With just under a month to go until voting for the ARIA Music Teacher Award closes, Mr Shaw’s school have issued a rallying cry to the Canberra community to get behind one of their own.
“The community is certainly behind him, and we would love to see the Canberra community get behind him as well,” Ms Smith said.
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Can a player win the Rising Star award after managing four-and-a-bit (breathtaking) games?
Technically, yes. Morally? That’s what this year’s AFL Rising Star judges have been contemplating over recent days and weeks.
Not only was Gold Coast’s Matthew Rowell, an 18-year-old midfielder in his first AFL season and representing the team almost unanimously tipped pre-season to ‘win’ the wooden spoon this year, a ridiculously short favourite to win the Rising Star award after four rounds, he was also one of the favourites to win the Brownlow Medal.
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Rowell received 30 of a possible 30 AFL Coaches’ Association votes for his performances against West Coast, Adelaide and Fremantle. On top of all that, Rowell was the No. 2 ranked player across the entire competition in the AFL Player Ratings – Champion Data’s best and truest measure of a player’s impact and value.
Triple All-Australian Nick Dal Santo described the Rowell-Brownlow chatter as a “crazy conversation” yet a legitimate debate at the same time.
Fox Footy’s David King cheekily added: “We should try and cancel the Rising Star as a function this year.”
Less than a week later, Rowell suffered a serious shoulder injury against Geelong that ultimately ended his season, quashed any Brownlow hopes and saw him become a cult hero on the bench for his fashion choices.
But the Rising Star award is determined by one lot of end-of-season votes among a selection panel, not a game-by-game tally. So if a panel member thought Rowell was the best young player in the league this season under the award’s eligibility rules, they could award the Sun five votes.
It’s another “crazy conversation” about a crazy good player.
While you could argue Rowell’s performances were superior to those of his peers, traditionally judge have rewarded a Rising Star’s ‘body of work’ across the season, rather than the impact of one or a few standout performances. The past three winners of the award — Carlton’s Sam Walsh, Collingwood’s Jaidyn Stephenson and Essendon’s Andrew McGrath — all played at least 21 home and way games in their respective victorious seasons.
It’s why young Crow Lachie Sholl was snubbed in Round 17 — against Carlton he was the third-best player on the ground after booting two goals from 24 disposals, eight score involvements, five rebound 50s and a whopping 627m gained — with Collingwood’s Isaac Quaynor getting the nomination instead. Sholl’s Crows teammates were up in arms.
Ultimately it mattered little for Sholl, who on Tuesday received the Round 18 and last Rising Star nomination for the season for his solid 19-disposal performance against Richmond
“They (Sholl’s teammates) were obviously disappointed last week,” Sholl told Fox Footy’s AFL 360. “I think I was the only one it didn’t really bother.
“But it was really could to see their reaction and know they support me.”
And so now the burning question: Should selectors reward a player like Caleb Serong or Noah Anderson, who’ve displayed an outstanding ‘body of work’ this season? Or did Rowell’s four-game stretch supersede the duo’s seasons?
Nonetheless, it’ll be fascinating to see how many votes Rowell polls.
And, after all, he’s still eligible to win next year …
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WHEN IS THE RISING STAR AND WHAT TIME DOES IT START?
The 2020 Rising Star will take place on Thursday September 24 at 7.30pm.
HOW CAN I WATCH THE RISING STAR?
The Rising Star will be part of the 2020 AFL awards ceremony. It will be broadcast on FOX FOOTY Channel 504 at 7.30pm, with the event able to be followed live on foxfooty.com.au from 7pm.
WHAT ARE THE RISING STAR RULES FOR ELIGIBILITY?
Players under the age of 21 on January 1 and with fewer than 10 games under their belt going into the season are eligible for the Rising Star award. One player per week is nominated for the award, which is voted on by nine AFL experts and CEO Gillon McLachlan. Each member of the selection panel gives 5-4-3-2-1 votes, with the winner crowned the Rising Star.
WHO IS ON THE RISING SELECTION PANEL?
Gillon McLachlan (chairman), Kevin Bartlett, Luke Darcy, Steve Hocking, Glen Jakovich, Chris Johnson, Cameron Ling, Matthew Richardson, Kevin Sheehan and Warren Tredrea.
WHO ARE SOME PAST WINNERS?
2019: Sam Walsh (Carlton) — 54 votes
2018: Jaidyn Stephenson (Collingwood) — 52
2017: Andrew McGrath (Essendon) — 51
2016: Callum Mills (Sydney Swans) — 49
2015: Jesse Hogan (Melbourne) — 49
2014: Lewis Taylor (Brisbane Lions) — 39
2013: Jaeger O’Meara (Gold Coast Suns) — 44
2012: Daniel Talia (Adelaide Crows) — 43
2011: Dyson Heppell (Essendon) — 44
2010: Daniel Hannebery (Sydney Swans) — 45
2009: Daniel Rich (Brisbane Lions) — 45
2008: Rhys Palmer (Fremantle) — 44
2007: Joel Selwood (Geelong) — 44
2006: Danyle Pearce (Port Adelaide) — 43
2005: Brett Deledio (Richmond) — 43
2004: Jared Rivers (Melbourne) — 45
2003: Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn) — 33
2002: Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda) — 34
2001: Justin Koschitzke (St Kilda) — 31
2000: Paul Hasleby (Fremantle) — 33
1999: Adam Goodes (Sydney Swans) — 33
1998: Byron Pickett (North Melbourne) — 30
1997: Michael Wilson (Port Adelaide) — 27
1996: Ben Cousins (West Coast Eagles)
1995: Nick Holland (Hawthorn)
1994: Chris Scott (Brisbane Lions)
1993: Nathan Buckley (Brisbane Lions)
WHAT ARE THE ODDS AND WHO ARE THE LEADING CONTENDERS?
If Rowell ($26) is overlooked, Docker Caleb Serong ($1.05) will be very hard to beat — hence his PointsBet odds. Serong slotted into Fremantle’s midfield brigade with aplomb, averaging 16.9 disposals and 3.4 clearances.
He’s the favourite to take out the award ahead of Sun Noah Anderson ($7), who played all 17 games and averaged 16.5 disposals per outing. He had a particularly strong finish to 2020, racking up 20-plus touches and 88-plus raking points in five of his last six games.
After spending all of 2019 on the sidelined recovering from a knee injury, Saint Max King ($15) was the standout key-position player of this year’s Rising Star class, booting 20 goals from 16 games.
Izak Rankine’s ($9) best was absolutely breathtaking, particularly his debut game against the Demons with 3.3. However his output dipped as the season progressed.
Hawk Will Day ($26), Demon Kysaiah Pickett ($34) and Port Adelaide’s Mitch Georgiades ($34) are all chances to poll minor votes.
THE FULL NOMINATIONS LIST
Nominee: Sam Sturt(Fremantle)
Game: 10 disposals and three goals v Essendon
Nominee: Matt Rowell (Gold Coast Suns)
Game: 26 disposals, seven tackles and two goals v West Coast Eagles
Nominee: Connor Budarick (Gold Coast Suns)
Game: 16 disposals, six marks, six inside 50s and one goal v Adelaide Crows
Nominee: Tom Green (GWS Giants)
Game: 18 disposals and seven clearances v Collingwood
Nominee: Curtis Taylor (North Melbourne)
Game: 13 disposals, five marks and two goals v Western Bulldogs
Nominee: Izak Rankine (Gold Coast Suns)
Game: 12 disposals, three tackles and three goals v Melbourne
Nominee: Noah Anderson (Gold Coast Suns)
Game: 15 disposals, three tackles and three inside 50s v Sydney Swans
Nominee: Caleb Serong (Fremantle)
Game: 22 disposals, seven tackles and one goal v Geelong Cats
Nominee: Mitch Georgiades (Port Adelaide)
Game: 11 disposals, five marks and two goals v Melbourne
Nominee: Luke Jackson (Melbourne)
Game: 14 hit-outs, eight disposals and two goals v Adelaide Crows
Nominee: Kysaiah Pickett(Melbourne)
Game: 12 disposals, three tackles and one goal v North Melbourne
Nominee: Max King(St Kilda)
Game: Seven disposals, six marks and three goals v Essendon
Nominee: Brandon Starcevich(Brisbane Lions)
Game: 10 disposals and four marks v St Kilda
Nominee: Jake Riccardi(GWS Giants)
Game: 12 disposals, nine marks and four goals v Fremantle
Annie Murphy wins best supporting actress for her turn as Alexis, the ditsy Schittsy daughter, and that means the show has won all four of the comedy acting awards, plus writing and directing. How good is that?
As I wrote last week, Schitt’s Creek is a show that grows on you. Outside of Canada it was virtually unknown until its third season, which is when Netflix picked it up. And in some ways that was a bit of a blessing, because it meant people could get past the first few episodes, which felt a little mean-spirited at times. That meant fans could grow along with the formerly wealthy, now-destitute Rose family as they found themselves forced to try to make a life in the rural backwater of Schitt’s Creek (a town bought by father Johnny, played by Eugene Levy, as a joke birthday present for his son David, played by Daniel Levy, and now the family’s only remaining asset).
By the time the show ended this year after six seasons – it wasn’t cancelled; Daniel Levy felt it was time, and wrapped it up perfectly – the Roses had grown, and so had the town. And so, of course, had the show.
“I’m so proud to be part of a show that stands for love and kindness and inclusivity and acceptance,” says Annie Murphy in her acceptance speech. “Because those four things are things that we need more than ever right now.”