The nominees for the 52nd TV Week Logie Awards have been announced kicking off this year's road to the gold. Most of the nominees for the Gold Logie already know what it feels like to be in this category, but Ray Meagher, whose played Home and Away’s Alf Stewart for the past 22 years, is up for the prestigious Gold Logie Award for the first time. The iconic Aussie actor, who’s made Alf’s catchphases "Strewth" and "flamin’ galah" famous around the world, said: “It's been a bloody long time coming, I’ve been waiting 40 years for this one.”
For the first three decades, no celebrity was able to pull off the three-peat in the Gold Logie category. However, in the past 16 years, the award has been dominated by only six people; Ray Martin (1993-1996), Lisa McCune (1997-2000), Georgie Parker (2001-2002), Rove McManus (2003-2005) and John Wood (2006). Last year’s winner, Kate Ritchie is up for the night’s biggest award again, making it three in a row if she wins.
Think you have heard it all before? Check out some fun trivia surrounding Australian television’s biggest night and tune in on Sunday, May 3 to catch all the glamour and gold.
Bert Newton has hosted the Logies the most with a record 18 times. He also holds the record for hosting the most consecutive years, leading the ceremony for 16 straight from 1967-1980.
Men dominated the hosting privilege for five decades until Wendy Harmer became the first woman to host the awards in 2002, a feat that has not been repeated since.
The record for the most Gold Logies is held at six by Graham Kennedy, who also won the Gold Hall of Fame Logie in 1998.
Kylie Minogue was just 19 when she became the youngest person to win the Gold Logie in 1988 for her role on Neighbours. She also became the first person to win four Logies at a single event that same year.
Beau Cox is the youngest person to take home a Logie after his win in 1978 at the age of seven for his role in Young Ramsey.
Dame Edna has graced the awards as guest presenter five times - the most in Logies history - including once via video link.
Andrew Daddo became the youngest to host the awards when he took the stage at the age of 28 with Noni Hazlehurst in 1995.
Home and Away is the most successful program in Logies history, having won 34 awards since it premiered in 1988.
The media wasn’t invited to attend the awards until 1973. Coincidentally that same year, American actor Michael Cole caused both controversy and a boost to the ratings when he appeared drunk and uttered a four letter profanity during his acceptance speech, marking the first time such language was heard primetime on Australian television.
The coveted Gold Logie was given to both male and female performers until 1977. Men controlled the newly unisex award until 1985 when Rowena Wallace finally took one home for the women.
In 1968 and 1969, judges decided that no one was worthy of receiving the “Best Female Personality” award so they didn’t give one out. Again in 1970, no show lived up to the standards to receive an award for Best Australian Comedy, so they removed the category.
In 1978, Most Popular Teenage Personality, Mark Holden, missed accepting his award after misjudging a trip to the bathroom.
The Special Gold Logie for Providing TV’s Greatest Moment in their Moon Telecast was awarded to the Apollo II crew in 1970 after walking on the moon in 1969.
In 1976, Norman Gunston made history by being the first and only fictional character to take home the Logie. “The little Aussie Bleeder” won both the Best New Talent Award and the Gold Logie that year.
Awards were given out for commercials in the first couple of decades. The honour usually went to Coca Cola or one of the various tobacco brands until the category was discontinued in 1976.