Hamish Blake wins Gold Logie

IN something of a boilover, Hamish Blake took out the Gold Logie award last night for Australia’s most popular television performer.

The Melbourne comic was a surprise winner, beating fellow Nine star Karl Stefanovic and Ten’s heavily promoted presenter Carrie Bickmore.

It was a surprisingly diverse cluster of Australia’s most popular and admired television talent who shared the bounty.

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The awards were again split between the public-voted honours (‘‘most popular’’) and those selected by a panel of peers (‘‘most outstanding’’). And as usual, the results rarely converged.

Winner of the most outstanding drama series, the ABC’s esteemed drama The Slap, wasn’t even nominated in the public-voted category.

In another shock result, favourite Alex Dimitriades lost the most outstanding actor award to Rob Carlton, for his portrayal of Kerry Packer in Paper Giants.

Asher Keddie took home the Silver Logie for most popular actress for the second year for her role in Ten’s charming local drama Offspring.

Seven’s Packed to the Rafters was again voted most popular drama series and its star attraction Hugh Sheridan took out the Silver Logie for most popular actor for the third year straight.

Adam Hills collected the award for most popular presenter while Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year was named most popular light entertainment program.

The ABC dominated the industry-based awards, scoring six wins, including Melissa George for her work on The Slap, Sarah Ferguson for her Four Corners expose of the cruelty inflicted on Australian cattle exported to Indonesia and Spicks and Specks.

SBS’s sole prize for the evening was a most outstanding factual program win for its Go Back To Where You Came From series.

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