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‘The Babadook’ Director Jennifer Kent Wins Best Film, Best Director at Australian Oscars

'The Babadook' Director Jennifer Kent Wins Best Film, Best Director at Australian Oscars

The Australian Academy Awards demonstrated a refreshing willingness to think outside genre boxes when it named the horror indie The Babadook this year’s Best Film and honored first-time writer-director Jennifer Kent with the Best Director and Best Original Screenplay prizes. 

The Babadook shared its Best Film title with Russell Crowe’s narrative feature debut The Water Diviner, which also collected trophies for Best Supporting Actor and Best Costume Design. 

Kent’s Kickstarter’d, $2 million film was previously named the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best First Film. It also made our “Best Films About Women in 2014” list, in which we called it “unforgettably creepy” and “one of the most honest commentaries about modern motherhood.” 

[via Hollywood Reporter]

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