Taken from NZ Herald.
This year's Rialto New Zealand Film Awards
are shaping up as a heavyweight bout with The Dark Horse
and The Dead Lands
both leading the nomination list. The Dead Lands
has 14 nominations, a narrow lead over The Dark Horse
Since its inception in 2012 the independent awards - also known as the Moas - has been dominated by one movie.
But 2014's vintage year in local feature production is being reflected throughout the nominations announced today. The Dead Lands
star James Rolleston is up for best actor in that movie, as well as being nominated for his supporting role in The Dark Horse
The Dark Horse
, now winning acclaim across the Tasman as it is released in Australia, dominates the actor categories with nominations for leading man Cliff Curtis as well as a supporting actor nomination for newcomer Wayne Hapi.
Other frontrunners include horror-comedy Housebound
with 11 nods, Auckland drug drama The Last Saint
, with nine and Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement's hit vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows
with eight. Housebound
features both actress categories with Morgana O'Reilly as the lead and Rima Te Waita
in her supporting role as her mother.
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