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Illawarra Mercury

Hat-trick for golden girl Lisa

Date: 12/04/1999
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          Publication: Illawarra Mercury
Section: News
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Blue Heelers star Lisa McCune claimed a hat-trick with her third Gold Logie win in three years.

McCune asked the glittering crowd at the 41st annual TV Week Logie awards ceremony at Melbourne's Crown Casino to excuse her for being a bit like Gwyneth Paltrow - who gave an emotional acceptance speech when she won the best actress award at this year's Oscars.

McCune, from Seven's Blue Heelers, thanked her partner Tim and said without a supportive spouse it would be difficult to survive in the industry.

``I really don't know what to say because it is overwhelming," she said. ``It's great that we have such a healthy industry and we can't hope for anything more than that."

McCune also won a Silver Logie for most popular actress for her role as Constable Maggie Doyle.

``You get the feeling people think they mean nothing to me because I have won so many," she said. ``But they mean a lot - it's fantastic."

All the nominations for best new female talent were from the Seven Network.

But it was Kimberley Cooper from teenage soap Home and Away who defeated her co-star Rebecca Cartwright, Libby Tanner, from All Saints and Dr Katrina Warren from Harry's Practice.

Speaking to the media after winning her Logie, 18-year-old Cooper was modest about her win.

However, she said it would take pride of place among her ballet trophies and would definitely make her mum's Logies party a night to remember.

Daniel MacPherson from Channel 10's Neighbours won the award for most popular new male talent.

He beat Blue Heelers' Paul Bishop, Troy Dann, from Seven's Outback Adventures and Graeme Squires from Seven's Home and Away.

Channel Seven's Better Homes and Gardens won the most popular lifestyle program, Seven's Blue Heelers won a Silver Logie for most popular program and Hey Hey It's Saturday won most popular comedy program.

Blue Heelers actor John Wood conceded story lines of Channel Seven's police drama were slightly repetitive.

``But country police stations are a great place to tell stories - look how long Bellbird ran. It's about families essentially," he said.

Hey Hey It's Saturday host Daryl Somers accepted the award for most popular comedy program, saying he was surprised to win, thinking the prize would go to Channel 10's talk show The Panel.

Martin Sacks, who plays McCune's love interest in Blue Heelers, won the award for most popular actor.

He paid tribute to his wife and his father - who he said was in hospital last night - when accepting the award.

But his thunder was stolen by international guest and star of the SBS cartoon series South Park, Isaac Hayes.

Hayes, who is the voice of Chef in the series, joked about South Park's surprise success in Australia.

Collingwood Football Club president and sports presenter Eddie McGuire accepted the award for most outstanding sports program for Channel Nine's coverage of the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

``The Commonwealth Games was fantastic to be a part of," he said. ``It was a dress rehearsal for our athletes in 2000."

McGuire complimented his past colleague Bruce McAvaney, who won a Logie in the new category of most outstanding sports broadcaster.

Accepting his award, McAvaney paid tribute to his colleagues, and said he was very proud to win a Logie.

``I was a bit nervous all night, and a part of me was saying `I hope I win' and a part was saying `I hope I don't have to go up there and get it'."

Host of Foreign Correspondent Jennifer Byrne accepted a Logie for most outstanding public affairs program.

Byrne, who is married to Logies host Andrew Denton, complimented her husband on a job well done.

``People are laughing, and it's been a long time since people have heard the sound of laughter and hysteria in a Logies room," she said.

Rachael Blake, from the ABC's Wildside, won a Silver Logie for most outstanding actress.

Tony Martin and David Wenham, who star in the ABC drama series Wildside and SeaChange respectively, both won a Silver Logie for most outstanding actor.


MOST POPULAR LIFESTYLE PROGRAM on Australian Television: Better Homes and Gardens (Seven)

MOST POPULAR NEW TALENT on Australian Television:

Female - Kimberley Cooper (Home and Away, Seven)

Male - Daniel MacPherson (Neighbours, Ten)

SILVER LOGIE: MOST POPULAR PROGRAM on Australian Television: Blue Heelers (Seven)

MOST OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY on Australian Television: Miracle At Sea: The Rescue of Tony Bullimore (ABC)

MOST POPULAR COMEDY PROGRAM on Australian Television: Hey Hey It's Saturday (Nine)

SILVER LOGIE: MOST POPULAR ACTRESS on Australian Television: Lisa McCune (Blue Heelers, Seven)

SILVER LOGIE: MOST POPULAR ACTOR on Australian Television: Martin Sacks (Blue Heelers, Seven)

MOST OUTSTANDING NEWS COVERAGE on Australian Television: ABC News, Indonesia Crisis


MOST POPULAR LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM on Australian Television: Hey Hey It's Saturday (Nine)

MOST OUTSTANDING SPORTS PROGRAM on Australian Television: 1998 Commonwealth Games (Nine)

MOST OUTSTANDING SPORTS BROADCASTER on Australian Television: Bruce McAvaney (Seven)

MOST OUTSTANDING PUBLIC AFFAIRS PROGRAM on Australian Television: Foreign Correspondent: Balibo Five (ABC)


MOST OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES on Australian Television: SeaChange (ABC)

SILVER LOGIE: MOST OUTSTANDING ACTRESS on Australian Television: Rachael Blake (Wildside, ABC)

MOST OUTSTANDING TELEMOVIE-MINI-SERIES on Australian Television: Day Of The Roses (Ten)

SILVER LOGIE: MOST OUTSTANDING ACTOR on Australian Television: Tony Martin (Wildside, ABC) and David Wenham (SeaChange, ABC)

GOLD LOGIE: MOST POPULAR PERSONALITY on Australian Television: Lisa McCune (Blue Heelers, Seven).

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