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22 June 2016

The nominees for the 2016 Helpmann Awards, acknowledging artistic achievement and excellence across Australia's live performance sector, were announced at Arts Centre Melbourne earlier this week.

The Helpmann Awards are presented annually to individuals and organisations working across the live performance sector in fields such as contemporary music, comedy, opera, theatre, and dance.  

Victorian nominees in 2016 include Melbourne Theatre Company with eight nominations. The company's stage adaptation of North by Northwest - a co-production with Kay + McLean Productions and Warner Bros - received five of these nominations.

The Victorian Opera is up for six Helpmann Awards, with Antoinette Halloran a contender for Best Female Actor in a Musical, for Sweeney Todd. Melbourne Recital Centre was acknowledged twice in the category of Best Individual Classical Music Performance.

Four nods went to Malthouse Theatre, with two nominations received for Picnic at Hanging Rock, a collaboration with WA's Black Swan State Theatre Company. 

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is nominated for two awards with Britten's War Requiema contender for Best Symphony Orchestra Concert. 

Melbourne Festival - alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Flight Facilities - received a nomination for Best Australian Contemporary Concert. Fly Away Peter,created by Arts Centre Melbourne and Sydney Chamber Orchestra in association with Melbourne Festival, is also a Best Opera nominee.

Dusty Bursill, Tiana Mirra, Alannah Parfett, and and Ingrid Torelli - who currently share the title role in the Melbourne run of Matilda: The Musical - have been nominated for Best  Female Actor alongside their Sydney counterparts.

Melbourne-based actor, musician and comedian Eddie Perfect received a nomination for Best Original Score for the contemporary song-cycle, Songs from the Middle.

Victorian actor Catherine Clements is nominated for Best Female Actor in a Play for The Events, a co-production with Malthouse, Belvoir and the State Theatre Company of South Australia. 

Victoria's Iain Grandage, Artistic Director of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, received a Best Music Director nomination for the Perth International Arts Festival production,Home.

Victorian talent proved strong in the comedy field with local trio Doug Anthony Allstars nominated for Best Comedy Performer.

The Bestowed Helpmate Award will also be presented to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the development of comedy in Australia. 

The 2016 Helpmann awards will be presented on Monday 25 July at Sydney's Lyric Theatre.

Read more about the 2016 nominees