The Logies, or the Logie Awards, which has been celebrating Australian television every year since 1960, announced this year’s winners last Sunday at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne, according to ABC News.
Waleed Aly was the one who took home the top prize at the Logies for 2016, dedicating his Gold Logie to “Dimitri, Mustafa, and all other people with unpronounceable names like Waleed.” Aly, who picked up the Gold Logie Award for Best Personality on Australian Television, is the host of current affairs television program The Project.
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Jessica Marais won the best actress award at this year’s Logies for her role in Love Child. The actress wore a J’Aton Couture dress and a slick ponytail and was named the best-dressed celebrity at the Logie Awards 2016.
Erik Thomson, meanwhile, took home the best actor Logies prize for his role in 800 Words.
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Deborah Mailman and Alex Dimitriades won the most outstanding actress and actor awards, respectively.
Aly, who won the best presenter prize at the Logies 2016 for his Channel 10 show The Project, was victorious over five other nominees and two fellow news presenters in the race for the Best Television Personality award.
Nominees for the best presenter award included Aly’s co-host Carrie Bickmore, who took home the award at the Logies 2015 and SBS News presenter Lee Lin Chin. In his acceptance speech when receiving the Best Presenter prize, Aly joked about being the first male presenter on commercial TV who has won the Gold Logie.
“Do not adjust your sets… there’s nothing wrong with the picture. I’m sure there’s an Instagram filter you can use to return things to normal. This is happening, it’s true. Finally, a male presenter on commercial TV has won the Gold Logie.”
Aly is a Sunni Muslim and his parents are from Egypt. He also revealed that he was encouraged to attend this year’s Logies because a fan named Dimitri had told him to go there and claim the prize.
“He came up to me and through gritted teeth commanded me to claim this award tonight. This really, really mattered to him. This really meant something to him.”
Aly went on to explain that it all matters to Muslims. It matters because Muslims, according to Aly, are out of work because of their names. He referred to one example about a guy named Mustafa, who once came up to the Logies winner and told him that he cannot use his name because he won’t get a job.
“And it matters to people like that that I am here.”
So Aly dedicated his Logies 2016 Best Presenter award to Dimitri, Mustafa, and all the other people with unpronounceable names like his own, Waleed.
Unfortunately, the man that Waleed Aly referred to as Mustafa has been “outed” as 27-year-old Sydney actor Tyler De Nawi, who plays Elias in Here Come the Habibs, according to Breaking News. It is uncertain whether De Nawi knew that Aly was planning on mentioning him in his acceptance speech.
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Continuing the topic of the best-dressed celebrities at Logies 2016, Bec Judd definitely wins the non-existent best flaunting of a baby bump award, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. Judd opted for a princess-like gown that reminded everyone of Elsa from Frozen.
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The actress’ gown was complemented with jewelry-rich flats, which is a bit risky for a red carpet event, but it was definitely the most practical footwear seen at Logies 2016.
Men from SBS, Anton Enus, Jenny Brockie and Janice Petersen, all wore designer label suits that made them stand out from the crowd. Enus was the most stylish one, though, with his Dior tux jacket being complemented with orange pockets. But that dress worn by Jessica Marais was definitely the highlight of the fashion chapter of Logies 2016.
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