THERE is one big question hanging over tonight's 40th Logie Awards. It's
not whether Friends hunk Matt LeBlanc will overcome his lurgy and attend the
Logies. It's not whether Ray Martin will beat Lisa McCune for the Gold Logie.
It's not even whether this will be the last Logies - if industry scuttlebutt
is to be believed, these gold-plated awards are losing their lustre as fast as
sponsor TV Week is losing readers.
No, the real question is whether Emma Harrison, who kept everyone entertained
with imaginative use of her undergarments during last year's ceremony, will
grace Melbourne's Crown Casino with her fabulous presence.
Former Neighbours star Harrison bases herself in London these days but is a
mainstay of the Australian publishing industry; men's magazines in particular.
But even if Harrison finds something better to do tonight and LeBlanc remains
lost in space, a cavalcade of international stars is on hand to lend a little
global glitter to the night.
Veronica's Closet second banana Kathy Najimy and country crooners Kenny
Rogers and Reba McEntire will join host Daryl Somers on stage for the ceremony
which airs on Channel 9 tonight.
With TV types complaining that they need a better awards system, two rival
productions have been suggested. One is the People's Choice Awards, to be
revived by Channel 7 at the end of the year; another is the Australian Academy
of Television Awards, to be created by people who work in the industry.
But for the moment the Logies are, as multi-award-winning Martin likes to
say, "the only game in town".
The main categories and nominees are:
Bree Desborough, Home And Away 5/1
Callan Mulvey, Heartbreak High 4/1
Daniel Kowalski, Olympic medallist 500/1
Brooke Satchwell, Neighbours 10/1
WHO WILL WIN: Callan Mulvey.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Callan Mulvey. He's also an accomplished actor.
Blue Heelers 2/1
Water Rats 5/1
Home And Away 8/1
WHO WILL WIN: Blue Heelers
WHO SHOULD WIN: Water Rats.
Full Frontal 10/1
Club Bugger 20/1
WHO WILL WIN: Bullpitt!
WHO SHOULD WIN: Club Buggery.
Better Homes And Gardens 4/1
Burke's Backyard 5/1
Our House 3/1
WHO WILL WIN: Our House.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Getaway.
Midday With Kerri-Anne 8/1
Hey, Hey It's Saturday 5/1
Who Dares Wins 10/1
In Melbourne Tonigh 100/1
WHO WILL WIN: Hey Hey It's Saturday.
WHO SHOULD WIN: Midday With Kerri-Anne. Because we want to see if KAK can
make an acceptance speech within the alloted 45 seconds
Today Tonight 25/1
Today Show 50/1
A Current Affair 5/1
60 Minutes 8/1
WHO WILL WIN: A Current Affair.
WHO SHOULD WIN: ACA because we recall fondly Ray Martin's acceptance speech
of 1995 in which he shot down all his critics, We're hoping for a repeat
performance from Mike Munro.
AND NOW FOR THE BIG ONES
GOLD LOGIE: MOST POPULAR PERSONALITY ON AUSTRALIAN TV Kerri-Anne
Who will win: They say it's going to be KAK's year but that might just be the
Midday publicity machine talking. We say Lisa McCune or Ray Martin -
Australia's Friend and The Girl Next Door.
Who should win: John Wood. Because he's under-rated and he's been known to take
the odd angry shot at his industry colleagues during acceptance speeches.
MOST POPULAR ACTRESS Belinda Emmett, Home And Away....................30/1
Lisa McCune, Blue Heelers........................5/4
Kristy Wright, Home And Away.....................25/1
Catherine McClements, Water Rats.................5/1
Rebecca Gibney, Halifax fp, Kangaroo Palace......5/1
Who will win: Lisa McCune. She took this award as well as the Gold Logie in
1997 and looks likely to do the same this year. Plus, every time she leaves the
house she makes it into the fan mags
Who should win: Catherine McClements, for taking Water Rats above and beyond
the average cop show.
MOST POPULAR ACTOR Martin Sacks, Blue Heelers......2/1
Colin Friels, Water Rats........8/1
John Wood, Blue Heelers.........25/1
Jesse Spencer, Neighbours.......50/1
Nic Testoni, Home And Away......50/1
Who will win: Martin Sacks. Although he won last year the Blue Heelers
ratings juggernaut shows no sign of slowing.
Who should win: We'd like to name all the NSW MPs who produced performances of
Academy Award-winning proportions when it came to their travel expenses but
they're not exactly popular and none of them have been nominated so we'll say
John Wood, for his long contribution to quality drama.
MOST POPULAR PROGRAM
Midday With Kerri-Anne.....10/1
Hey Hey It's Saturday......8/1
Home And Away..............7/1
Who will win: This is a new category so it's a bit of a wild card but we'll
take a punt and say Blue Heelers. Despite moving to Wednesday nights, it's still
Australia's top-rating drama with a national audience of more than three
million viewers. And it won last year. Who should win: Water Rats. Because Blue
Heelers won last year.