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Illawarra Mercury

Will McCune make history at Logies?

Date: 29/04/2000
Words: 735
          Publication: Illawarra Mercury
Section: News
Page: 11
Supermodels and super singers will mingle with the cream of Australian television when the stars step out for the 42nd Logie awards tomorrow night.

Model mum Elle Macpherson, popsters Savage Garden, American singing sensation Macy Gray and London-based comedienne Ruby Wax are among the big names expected at the annual bash.

Lisa McCune will vie for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Gold Logie despite fading from the screen earlier this year when her beloved character Maggie Doyle on Channel Seven's Blue Heelers was murdered.

Only three Australian entertainers have won more Gold Logies.

Graham Kennedy is the undisputed king of television with eight statuettes followed by Ray Martin with five and Bert Newton, four. However, no-one has won in four in a row.

McCune has been nominated for most popular personality alongside Blue Heelers' stalwart John Wood, All Saints' Georgie Parker, SeaChange star Sigrid Thornton and gardening guru Don Burke.

McCune, who is starring on the stage as Maria in The Sound Of Music, has also been nominated for a Silver Logie, or most popular actress award, as voted by the public.

Other nominees are Parker, Thornton and Murder Call's Lucy Bell.

However, Thornton is widely tipped to steal the spotlight away from McCune as she did at last year's People's Choice awards when she took out the top prize.

In the most popular actor stakes, the field is wide open with former Water Rats star Colin Friels, Martin Sacks from Blue Heelers, Stingers' Peter Phelps and Wood.

Australian television pioneer Bruce Gyngell will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to the industry.

The Logies will be hosted by Andrew Denton.

The nominees

MOST POPULAR, as voted by the public

Gold Logie, most popular personality: Don Burke (Burke's Backyard), Lisa McCune (Blue Heelers), Georgie Parker (All Saints), Sigrid Thornton (SeaChange), John Wood (Blue Heelers).

Silver Logie, most popular actor: Colin Friels (Water Rats), Peter Phelps (Stingers), Martin Sacks (Blue Heelers), John Wood (Blue Heelers).

Silver Logie, most popular actress: Lucy Bell (Murder Call), Lisa McCune (Blue Heelers), Georgie Parker (All Saints), Sigrid Thornton (SeaChange).

Silver Logie, most popular program: All Saints (Seven), Blue Heelers (Seven), Home and Away (Seven), SeaChange (ABC).

Most popular new talent, female: Jane Allsop (Blue Heelers), Holly Valance (Neighbours), Kylie Watson (Home and Away), Aleetza Wood (Home and Away).

Most popular new talent, male: Rove McManus (Rove), Justin Melvey (Home and Away), James O'Loghlin (O'Loghlin On Saturday Night), Cameron Welsh (Home and Away).

Most popular lifestyle program: Better Homes and Gardens (Seven); Burke's Backyard (Nine), Changing Rooms (Nine), Harry's Practice (Seven).

Most popular comedy/light entertainment program: Australia's Funniest Home Video Show (Nine), Hey Hey It's Saturday (Nine), The Panel (Ten), Rove (Nine).

Most popular sports program: Live and Kicking (Seven); Sports Tonight (Ten); The AFL Footy Show (Nine), The NRL Footy Show (Nine).

Most popular public affairs program: A Current Affair (Nine), 60 Minutes (Nine), The 7.30 Report (ABC); Today Tonight (Seven).

Most popular reality program: Australian Story (ABC), Doing Time (Nine), Kids' Ward (Seven), RPA (Nine).

MOST OUTSTANDING, as voted by the industry

Most outstanding actor in a series: Steve Bisley (Water Rats), Colin Friels (Water Rats), John Howard (SeaChange), William McInnes (SeaChange).

Most outstanding actress in a series: Kerry Armstrong (SeaChange), Rebecca Gibney (Halifax fp), Catherine McClements (Water Rats), Sigrid Thornton (SeaChange).

Most outstanding drama series: All Saints (Seven), SeaChange (ABC), Water Rats (Nine), Wildside (ABC).

Most outstanding sports program: 1999 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships (Nine), 1999 Rugby World Cup (Seven), FAI 1000 Bathurst Motor Race (Ten), Melbourne Cup Racing Carnival (Ten).

Most outstanding documentary/special report in a public affairs program: A Race To Survive (Four Corners, ABC), Facing The Demons (ABC), Sierra Leone (Dateline, ABC), The Keating Millions (60 Minutes, Nine).

Most outstanding news coverage: East Timor (ABC), Liberation Day In Kosovo (Nine), The East Timor Crisis (SBS), Timor (Seven Nightly News, Seven).

Most outstanding comedy program: BackBerner (ABC), Good News Week (Ten), The Micallef Program (ABC), The Panel (Ten).

Most outstanding children's program: Bananas In Pyjamas (ABC), Hi-5 (Nine), Play School (ABC), Thunderstone (Ten).

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