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16 April 2012

2012 Logies winners; Crown Casino Hosts Logie Awards Again - Winner Media Leak


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Hamish Blake was unaware the winner of the Gold Logie had been leaked and advised he was genuinely surprised when his name was read out.

The winner of the 2012 award for Most Popular Personality on TV was released by a media outlet more than hour before the award was announced.

It was posted, and quickly removed, from a website.

But it was too late for the media business...which is about 'The quick and the dead'. As Rupert Murdoch (Foxtel affiliated) famously said years ago "Big will not beat small anymore. It will be the fast beating the slow". We suspect its also the funny beating the boring for awards such as 'Most Popular TV Personality'.

Indeed, the word had got around James Packer's most famous land based casino, but its unknown if bets were placed on the outcome - quite likely.

Comedy genius Hamish Blake has bested his competition to snatch his first Gold Logie at the gala awards night at Crown in Melbourne on Sunday.

Blake tipped out hot bookies' favourite, The Project host Carrie Bickmore, and last year's winner, Today Show host Karl Stefanovic, to be crowned Australian television's most popular personality.

Blake's win was his second for the night. He took out the Most Popular Light Entertainment Program with his offsider, Andy Lee, for Hamish and Andy's Gap year.

Accepting the Logie, Blake thanked his comedic partner, whom he said he had been friends with since they were teenagers.

He said the pair had started in television and will remain friends after their time in TV ends.

"We are the luckiest guys in the world," he said in his acceptance speech.

"Andy this is half yours."

Blake also paid tribute to the Australian television industry and said he was humbled by the win.

In goof-ball style, true to his act, Blake then assured teen viewers he'd hurry his speech to make way for eagerly awaited boy band One Direction's Logie performance.

"I was really expecting a slip up," Blake told reporters.

"I have been many to many events night and I was expecting a slip up... ultimately all that information was kept from me so it was a genuine surprise.

"I'm glad too because I am not a great actor."

The 2012 Logies winners:

Gold Logie, Most Popular Personality on TV: Hamish Blake (Hamish & Andy's Gap Year, Nine Network);

Silver Logie, Most Popular Actor: Hugh Sheridan (Ben Rafter, Packed To The Rafters, Seven Network);

Silver Logie, Most Popular Actress: Asher Keddie (Nina Proudman, Offspring, Network Ten / Ita Buttrose, Paper Giants: The Birth Of Cleo, ABC1);

Silver Logie, Most Popular Presenter: Adam Hills (Spicks and Specks / In Gordon St Tonight, ABC1);

Most Popular New Male Talent: Steve Peacocke (Darryl "Brax" Braxton, Home and Away, Seven Network);

Most Popular New Female Talent: Melissa Bergland (Winners & Losers, Seven Network);

Most Popular Drama Series: Packed To The Rafters (Seven Network);

Most Popular Light Entertainment Program: Hamish & Andy's Gap Year (Nine Network);

Most Popular Lifestyle Program: Better Homes & Gardens (Seven Network);

Most Popular Sports Program: 2011 AFL Grand Final (Network Ten);

Most Popular Reality Program: The Block (Nine Network);

Most Popular Factual Program: Bondi Rescue (Network Ten);

Peer-voted category:

Silver Logie, Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie: The Slap (ABC1);

Silver Logie, Outstanding Actor: Rob Carlton (Paper Giants, ABC1);

Silver Logie, Outstanding Actress: Melissa George (The Slap, ABC1);

Graham Kennedy Award for Outstanding New Talent: Chelsie Preston Crayford (Underbelly: Razor, Nine Network);

Outstanding News Coverage: The Queensland Floods (Nine News, Nine Network);

Outstanding Public Affairs Report: A Bloody Business (Four Corners/Sarah Ferguson, ABC1);

Outstanding Light Entertainment Program: Spicks And Specks (ABC1);

Outstanding Sports Coverage: State Of Origin III (Nine Network);

Outstanding Children's Program: My Place (ABC3);

Outstanding Factual Program: Go Back To Where You Came From (SBS).


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