The Logies have come and gone for another year with actor Samuel Johnson, who played Molly Meldrum in the two-part miniseries Molly, winning the Gold Logie for his portrayal of the music legend.
During his acceptance speech, Johnson, who also won the Silver Logie for Best Actor, said, “I was a very spirited, very confused kid with an excess of energy,
“My dad always saw me dying from too much gusto. I was an outlier of sorts, just desperate to find my place in the world”, he continued
“A place that encouraged me to be truthful to work harder to pursue excellence,” he said, adding, “I did none of that – which is why I’m kind of so thankful”.
Johnson also dedicated his win to his terminally ill sister, Connie, who has been battling various forms of cancer for 30 years and also posted pictures of her and family watching the Logies on Instagram, saying, “My sister is succumbing finally to the perils of cancer after a three-decade long tussle and rather than rolling over, she’s going out blazing with an attempted world record for the longest line of coins, absurdly”.
Johnson, who started a charity called Love Your Sister, also revealed that he will remain retired from acting until his charity reaches their financial goal, saying, “Until our charity raises $10 million, I’m not going to act again. Hopefully we can get to that $10 million within three years”.
Also while on stage, Johnson was joined by the man himself, Molly Meldrum, who made a speech of his own, telling the audience how he was first friends with his dad, “I didn’t really know him because I was friends with his dad”, joked that playing him, as was “an old drama Queen like myself” must not have been easy for Johnson, and the praised him saying, “And you did a great job, right”.
But aside from Johnson’s double win, a lot of other things happened throughout the night, including Kerri-Anne Kennerley being inducted to the Logie’s Hall of Fame for her 50 years of service to the industry and, upon receiving her award, not only got a standing ovation, but went on to dedicate it to her husband John, how broke his neck and became paralysed last March, saying “I would give away 50 years of this career just to have you standing right here by my side”.
She then went on to say, “My first Logie and I never knew it was gold,
“I seriously am so very honoured to receive this and I am even more excited not to get it posthumously, not that there haven’t been a few people that tried to bury me before this”.
Another key, and funny, moment of the evening was when Offspring actress Kat Stewart and The Project co-host and comedian Peter Helliar took to the stage wearing the same fuchsia coloured outfits, Stewart a dress and Helliar a tuxedo, to mock “Jacket Gate”, an off camera incident from earlier this year between newsreader Amber Sherlock and journalist Julie Snook.
During their bit, Stewart and Helliar mocked the incident, with Helliar beginning with, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry — you need to change. Can we get wardrobe? Two hours ago I asked you specifically not to wear fuchsia – you need to put a jacket on or something!”
And Stewart coming back with, “I’ve been flatout – I haven’t had time”.
And finally, here’s the list of all the winners of the night:
GOLD LOGIE: Samuel Johnson
BEST ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM: Have You Been Paying Attention, Ten
SILVER: BEST ACTRESS: Jessica Marais, Love Child, Nine
SILVER: BEST ACTOR: Samuel Johnson, Molly, Seven
SILVER: BEST PRESENTER: Waleed Aly, The Project
BEST NEWS PANEL/CURRENT AFFAIRS: The Project, Ten
BEST DRAMA PROGRAM: Molly, Seven
MOST OUTSTANDING SPORTS COVERAGE: Channel Seven, Rio 2016 Olympic Games
GRAHAM KENNEDY AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING NEWCOMER: Elias Anton, Barracuda
MOST OUTSTANDING ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM: Have You Been Paying Attention, Ten
BEST SPORTS PROGRAM: NRL Footy Show, Nine
MOST OUTSTANDING CHILDRENS PROGRAM: The Nightmare Before Graduation, ABC Me
MOST OUTSTANDING COMEDY: Please Like Me, ABC
LOGIE HALL OF FAME: Kerri-Anne Kennerley
OUTSTANDING NEWS COVERAGE: Sky News Election Coverage 2016
BEST LIFESTYLE PROGRAM: The Living Room, Ten
BEST FACTUAL PROGRAM: Goggle Box Australia, Foxtel and Ten
MOST OUTSTANDING MINISERIES OR TELEMOVIE: The Kettering Incident, Foxtel
BEST REALITY PROGRAM: The Block, Nine
MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR: Damon Herriman, Secret City, Showcase
MOST OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Debra Lawrence, Please Like Me, ABC
MOST OUTSTANDING PUBLIC AFFAIRS REPORT: Australia’s Shame, Four Corners, ABC
BEST NEW TALENT: Rob Collins, The Wrong Girl, Ten
MOST OUTSTANDING ACTRESS: Anna Torv, Secret City, Showcase
MOST OUTSTANDING ACTOR: Henry Nixon, The Kettering Incident, Showcase
MOST OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES: A Place To Call Home, Showcase