Logies making a change

9 May 2016

Written by: Brittany Lyons

The 2016 Logies has seen historic wins, Brittany Lyons reports.

The biggest winner from last night’s Logies Awards was Waleed Aly, who took out the Gold Logie for best personality as well as the Silver Logie for Best Presenter.

The Project host’s acceptance speech addressed the controversy surrounding his nomination.

He assured viewers that his nomination and success was completely normal, regardless of his background or skin colour.

“There’s nothing wrong with the picture. If you are in the room I’m sure there’s an Instagram filter to return things to normal,” Aly said in his acceptance speech.

“It will be fine. This is happening,” Aly said.

He went on to dedicate his Gold Logie to his wife and to all those with an “unpronounceable name”.

“It matters to them for a particular reason,” he said.

“Someone who is in this room, and I’m not going to use the name they use in the industry, came up to me, introduced themselves and said to me, ‘I really hope you win. My name is Mustafa. But I can’t use that name because I won’t get a job.’”

This year saw the first two ethnic nominees in the Gold Logie line-up ever, with Aly nominated alongside SBS presenter Lee Lin Chin.

While Chin may not have won the award, she took Waleed’s victory in stride… sort of.

Social media gags aside, Chin was genuine in her praise of Aly.


Women recognised


It was also a big night for women at the Logies as Noni Hazlehurst became the second woman to be inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame, after veteran Ruth Cracknell in 2001.

Hazlehurst’s touched on this in her own acceptance speech.

“I fear that our hearts are growing cold,” she said.

“The fact that I’m only the second women to be given this honour is merely a reflection of the prevailing zeitgeist.”

Hazlehurst also recognised that things are changing in the television industry, albeit not quickly.

“Things are clearly changing, but they are changing glacially slowly,” she said.

“The great thing about glaciers is that if you aren’t on them you go under. I’ve been riding that glacier for 40 years and I’m staying on top of it.”

An evening of controversy


Controversy came from other avenues too, with Dave Hughes’ opening monologue raising some eyebrows with digs made at Channel Nine and the 60 Minutes Beirut incident.

“I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! Did quite well, no doubt about it. Did so well, Channel Nine decided to do their own version with 60 Minutes in Beirut,” Hughes said.

Hughes and fellow comedian Peter Helliar were well received on Twitter.


The same couldn’t be said for Craig McLachlan, whose jokes about his age awkward banter with co-host Miranda Tapsell scratching their heads.


Shane Warne also created controversy after an altercation with Fairfax Media on the red carpet.


One award recipient in particular also left some viewers scratching their heads.

Up against the likes of television programmes ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ and ‘The Australian Story’, ‘GoggleBox’ was named winner for ‘Best Factual Program’ for 2016.

After this year’s controversy, what will next year’s Logies bring for television stars and fans?

Here’s a list of all of last nights winners.




Best Reality Program 

The Block


Best Actor

Erik Thomson, 800 Words


Best Entertainment Program

Family Feud


Most Outstanding Comedy Program 

Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell


Silver Logie for Best Actress

Jessica Marais, Love Child.


Best Drama Program

Home & Away


Best New Talent

Adam Dovile, Better Homes & Gardens


Most Outstanding Sports Coverage

KFC T20 Big Bash League


Most Outstanding Supporting Actor

Tim Minchin, The Secret River


Best Presenter

Waleed Aly, The Project.


Best Lifestyle Program

The Living Room


Best Factual Program



Best Supporting Actress

Celia Ireland, Wentworth


Best Sports Program

The NRL Footy Show


Most Outstanding News Coverage

Parramatta Shooting, Seven News


Most Outstanding Entertainment Program

The Gruen Transfer


The Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie

The Secret River


Best News Panel or Current Affairs Program

The Project


Most Outstanding Drama



Most Outstanding Actor

Alex Dimitriades, The Principal


Most Outstanding Actress

Deborah Mailman, Redfern Now: Promise Me


Gold Logie for Best Personality

Waleed Aly



Brittany Lyons is a third year Journalism student at La Trobe and staff writer for upstart. You can follow her on twitter: @brittlyons_ 

Featured image: Screenshot from Channel 9