Whichever way you voted in the TV Week Logies this year, there was one clear winner no one could begrudge – the induction of Kerri-Anne Kennerley into the TV Week Hall of Fame.
With husband John cheering proudly on at her table, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Kerri-Anne, 63, made her way to the Crown Melbourne stage to a standing ovation.
“In the last 13 and a half months it’s been a pretty big learning curve,” said Kerri-Anne, referring to the tragic 2016 accident that left John wheelchair-bound with a life-changing spinal cord injury.
“A lot of lessons we didn’t want to learn or have to learn. But we have learned, darling, and we will continue to learn.
“I can honestly say I would give away 50 years of this career and all those incredible experiences and anything else I could think of just to have you standing right here by my side holding my hand.”
“I promise you one thing, though, darling we haven’t finished yet.”
Kerri-Anne became just the third woman in history to receive the coveted honour, following the late Ruth Cracknell in 2001 and actress Noni Hazlehurst in 2016.
Surprisingly, it was also the 63-year-old’s first Logie after 50 years in TV.
“I’ve never had a Logie full stop, so it’s like nought to hundred,” she told Fairfax Media, laughing.
“It sort of dawns on you as you walk in and you see people you’ve worked with on and off for years, this beautiful flood of faces.”
Although conceding there was room for improvement in the number of women on our screens, she believes the ratio is improving.
But she admits the same can’t be said for our older screen stars.
“Yes, there’s discrimination. What are you going to do about it? You can’t do anything.”
Kerri-Anne counts just herself, the SBS newsreader (and former Gold Logie nominee) Lee Lin Chin and 60 Minutes journalist Elizabeth Hayes as the flag-bearers for older women on Australian television.
The other highlight of the night was actor Samuel Johnson’s surprise Gold Logie win over Waleed Aly (The Project) and co. – and the subsequent stage invasion by the man he played in the hit mini-series Molly.
Although rambling and at times difficult to decipher, Molly Meldrum clearly has a soft spot for his alter-ego, who announced last year he was quitting acting to raise money for cancer research.
“I know it’s very hard to play an old drama queen like myself, and you did a great job,” Molly Meldrum added, gifting Samuel with his signature hat.
“I would like to crown you also,” Molly said. “Well done.”
The full list of winners are:
Gold Logie TV Week Hall of Fame: Kerri-Anne Kennerley
Outstanding Drama Series: A Place To Call Home (Showcase/Foxtel)
Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie: The Kettering Incident (Showcase/Foxtel)
Outstanding Actor: Henry Nixon (The Kettering Incident, Showcase/Foxtel)
Outstanding Actress: Anna Torv (Secret City, Showcase/Foxtel)
Outstanding Supporting Actor: Damon Herriman (Secret City, Showcase/Foxtel)
Outstanding Supporting Actress: Debra Lawrance (Please Like Me, ABC)
Outstanding Entertainment Program: Have You Been Paying Attention? (Network Ten)
Outstanding Comedy Program: Please Like Me (ABC)
Outstanding Children’s Program: Little Lunch, The Nightmare Before Graduation (ABC Me)
Outstanding Sports Coverage: Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Channel Seven)
Outstanding News Coverage: Sky News Election Coverage 2016 (Sky News/Foxtel)
Outstanding Public Affairs Report: Australia’s Shame (Four Corners, ABC)
Outstanding Factual or Documentary Program: Conviction (ABC)
Graham Kennedy Award For Outstanding Newcomer: Elias Anton (Barracuda, ABC)
Best (Most Popular) Actor: Samuel Johnson (Molly, Channel Seven)
Best (Most Popular) Actress: Jessica Marais (Love Child, Nine Network, The Wrong Girl, Ten Network)
Best (Most Popular) Presenter: Waleed Aly (The Project, Network Ten)
Best (Most Popular) New Talent: Rob Collins (Cleverman, ABC)
Best (Most Popular) Drama Program: Molly (Channel Seven)
Best (Most Popular) Entertainment Program: Have You Been Paying Attention? (Network Ten)
Best (Most Popular) News Panel or Current Affairs Program: The Project (Network Ten)
Best (Most Popular) Reality Program: The Block (Nine Network)
Best (Most Popular) Sports Program: The NRL Footy Show (Nine Network)
Best (Most Popular) Lifestyle Program: The Living Room (Network Ten)
Best (Most Popular) Factual Program: Gogglebox Australia (Lifestyle Channel/Foxtel and Network Ten)