After a three-year break, the Logie Awards came back in 2022 — and with a bang.
These were the biggest moments of the night:
‘Long way to go to get representation’
Australian of the year Dylan Alcott and ABC presenter Tony Armstrong presented the award for Most Outstanding Sports Coverage.
Both Armstrong and Alcott spoke about what it meant for them to be up on that stage.
Alcott spoke about this year’s event being a win for representation.
“We’ve got a long way to go to get representation, but it’s massive,” Alcott said.
Bruce McAvaney inducted into Logie Hall of Fame
Legendary sports broadcaster Bruce McAvaney received a standing ovation from the audience at the Gold Coast Convention Center when he was inducted into the TV Week Logie Hall of Fame.
“It is undeniable that so many of Australia’s most iconic sporting moments have been made much more memorable by the words of Bruce McAvaney,” said former AFL player and coach Leigh Matthews, who presented the lifetime achievement award.
Accepting the industry-voted award on stage, McAvaney said “I am emotional but my voice is not as strong as it should be tonight.”
In 2017, Mr McAvaney revealed he was diagnosed with leukemia two years previously after an abnormal blood test.
Last year the 69-year-old stepped back from AFL commentary ahead of the 2021 season, but said he wasn’t reconsidering retirement.
Lisa Wilkinson dedicated award to Brittany Higgins
Ms Wilkinson’s interview with Brittany Higgins won the Logie for Most Outstanding News Coverage or Public Affairs Report.
She said that, after 40 years in journalism, it was “by far” the most important work she had ever done.
“I knew it from the very first phone call I had early last year with a young woman whose name she told me was Brittany Higgins,” she said.
“Four incredibly intense, sleepless weeks later, when our story went to air, the entire country knew the name Brittany Higgins.”
‘The Logies cannot be rigged. Or so we thought’
While presenting the award for Most Popular Reality Program, Australian comedy duo Hamish Blake and Andy Lee spoke of how voting in the Logies “cannot be rigged” as Australians can only vote once.
The duo then launched into a skit that blamed Karl Stefanovic for cheating in the Gold Logie race.
Blake and Lee brought out a young boy Oliver who claimed he had been kept in a room for hours, forced to vote repeatedly for one of the nominees.
“Oliver, who is the person who made you do this?” Blake and Lee asked.
Blake and Lee asked how many votes he was forced to send in, to which the boy replied “thousands”.
Tony Armstrong won the Graham Kennedy award
This category opened with a tribute to Neighbours, production of which will come to an end later this year.
Natalie Bassingthwaighte said many people who have won this Logie have come from the show.
However, this year’s award went to ABC Breakfast’s Armstrong, who took the opportunity to thank his mum.
“There is a lot of people I need to thank,” he said.
“The old cheese, my mum, she is a superstar. [She] has done everything for me and has been a superstar and I would not be up here without her, so a big thanks to her.
And the Gold Logie goes to… Hamish Blake!
In his true style, Blake brought his funny antics into his speech.
Earlier in the evening, Blake also won the inaugural Bert Newton award.
The late Bert Newton’s wife, Patti Newton, announced the winner for this award.
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