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Everything that happened at the 2023 TV WEEK Logie Awards

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Sonia Kruger took home the prestigious Gold Logie. (Image: Getty)

Can we all just take a moment to revel in the glitz and glamour that graced our screens at the 63rd TV WEEK Logie Awards?

Set in the heart of Sydney at The Star, the Logies returned to the New South Wales capital city after a whopping 37 years, and boy, did it make its Sydney comeback count!

From the moment the night kicked off, it was evident that this year’s ceremony was destined to be one for the record books, with a slew of firsts that left us buzzing with excitement.

For starters, for the first time in 11 years, the Logie Awards had a solo host – Sam Pang, who effortlessly wove humour and charm into the proceedings.

Plus, Sonia Kruger won her first ever Logie, and not just any Logie, the Gold Logie!

Ultimately, the 2023 Logie Awards proved to be a triumphant gala complete with iconic red carpet fashion, heartfelt speeches, riveting performances and only a few minor awkward moments…

But in case you missed it, we’ve rounded up the most noteworthy moments that happened during the 2023 Logies.

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Sam Pang was the first in 11 years to host the Logies solo. (Image: Channel 7)

Sam Pang’s opening monologue

Sam did not hold back in his opening monologue for the Logies. The comedian made cheeky (but hilarious) digs about pretty much everyone and every show.

First, Sam joked that he wasn’t the first choice to host the ceremony.

“Let’s just address the elephant in the room. Everyone watching at home and everyone in this room knows that I was not Channel 7’s first choice to host tonight… Hamish Blake said no. Thank you, Hamish, I really appreciate it, mate, some of us have a mortgage,” he quipped.

The comedian then took aim at popular reality show Married At First Sight.

“The standard of this country’s television is something we can all be very proud of ladies and gentlemen. And then there was Married at First Sight, which continued to be a ratings juggernaut in yet another clear sign that we may not make it as a species. Each week the show had a different theme. We had honesty week. Intimacy week. Here is a week I would watch – literacy week.”

The entire audience ate Sam’s monologue up and laughed heartily at every joke. Plus, viewers at home praised Sam online.

“All I can say is … HALLELUJAH! Finally, a Logies opener that hits the mark. Well written, funny and delivered with ease. Well done Sam Pang. Take a bow,” one Twitter user wrote while another said, “10/10 monologue from Sam Pang, love it!”

Brian Walsh was inducted into the TV WEEK Logie Award Hall of Fame

Pioneer of Australian TV, Brian Walsh – who sadly passed away in March 2023 – was inducted into the Logies’ Hall of Fame this year.

Marta Dusseldorp and Matt Shirvington paid tribute to Brian during the ceremony, with both sharing loving anecdotes about the late creative director.

“As we all know, this culture of show business is based on relationships. That’s how it and storytellers thrive and grow. Trust. Respect. Listening. Loyalty. And belief in and of each other. Brian stood out for all of these qualities,” Marta shared before adding:

“Brian was our beacon of entertainment, our game changer, our champion.”

“He helped me navigate my sporting career and later, [he was] pivotal in a transition to TV full-time,” Matt revealed.

“He was always the first to congratulate you. Seeing people reach their potential was enough for an incredibly generous man. It is truly an honour to be up here tonight to do this with so many of you in this room with similar stories to tell. Walshy, we miss you, mate,” he continued.

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Home and Away‘s Ray Meagher went missing

When long-running soap Home & Away won the Logie for Most Popular Drama, Sam Pang began to praise Ray Meagher – who has played Alf Stewart on the show for over 35 years. But Ray was not at his seat during the heartfelt tribute; so Sam had to stall.

“I would like to quickly acknowledge a giant of the Australian television industry. Ray Meagher who this year celebrates 35 years on Home and Away,” Sam began before realising Ray wasn’t in the room.

“Ray is not here. He is still backstage. It’s getting pretty loose backstage. It’s getting pretty loose backstage, by the way. We can do this without him. Um, not going to lie. This probably would have been better if he was here!”

“Ray Meagher, 35 years on Home and Away signed on for another five years. That to me seems slightly optimistic, to be honest. But anyway, there we go,” Sam continued before adding:

“I just wanted to mention too, we have actually become quite close since shooting the promos for tonight’s show. We have got each other’s phone numbers, which I have enjoyed a lot. And if he was here, I would just tell him there are some personal boundaries when it comes to a phone. If you are listening backstage, Ray, it’s not appropriate to FaceTime when you’re in the shower. That’s all I would say, mate, alright!”

At this point, it looked like Sam was above to give up on his homage to Ray and move on; but then the actor returned to his table.

“There he is. Ray’s here! Ray! Ray! You’re here. You missed it. I was giving you a beautiful tribute, mate. That’s what you missed,” Sam said to a red-faced Ray.

Overall, while Sam did a wonderful job at stalling, it was still one of the few slightly awakward moments that occured during the evening.

Daryl Somers’ joke didn’t land

At the end of the evening, Daryl Somers came out to present the prestigious Gold Logie award (which ultimately went to Sonia Kruger). But before reading out the nominees and revealing the winner, the Dancing With The Stars host attempted a joke that simply did not land.

Daryl began mimicking an auctioneer and pretended as though the nominees were bidding to win the Gold Logie. At one point, the former Hey Hey It’s Saturday host called out Tom Gleeson (who was not nominated for the Gold Logie this year) and said he was bidding on the phone.

“Oh, hang on, the phone is going, it is a phone bid? Hello. $25,000? No, Tom Gleeson, you are not even nominated,” Daryl said.

The camera then panned to Tom, who was clearly not impressed with the bit. In fact, no one in the roomed seemed too impressed; Daryl’s joke didn’t yield a single laugh.

Furthermore, many viewers at home instantly took to Twitter to voice their disdain at Daryl. “Daryl Somers is a national embarrassment,” one user Tweeted while another said, “I grew up watching Hey Hey but for the love of god and the sake of society GET DARYL SOMERS OFF TV.” Yikes.

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Sonia Kruger took home the prestigious Gold Logie. (Image: Getty)

Full list of winners at the 2023 Logies

Most Outstanding Comedy Program

● Colin from Accounts, BINGE
● Fisk S2, ABC
● Have You Been Paying Attention?, Network 10
● Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, ABC
● Summer Love, ABC
● Taskmaster, Network 10

Most Popular Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie

● Heartbreak High, Netflix
● Home and Away, Seven Network
● Mystery Road: Origin, ABC
● Savage River, ABC
● The Twelve, FOXTEL & BINGE
● Underbelly: Vanishing Act, 9Network

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE for Most Outstanding Supporting Actor

● Alexander England, Black Snow, Stan
● Arka Das, Here Out West, ABC
● Clarence Ryan, Mystery Road: Origin, ABC
● Hamish Michael, The Twelve, FOXTEL & BINGE
● Luke Arnold, True Colours, SBS
● Thomas Weatherall, Heartbreak High, Netflix

Most Popular Comedy Program

● Fisk Series 2, ABC
● Have You Been Paying Attention?, Network 10
● Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, ABC
● The Front Bar, Seven Network
● The Hundred with Andy Lee, 9Network
● Wellmania, Netflix

Most Outstanding Children’s Program

● Barrumbi Kids, SBS
● Bluey, ABC
● Crazy Fun Park, ABC
● Surviving Summer, Netflix
● Turn Up The Volume, ABC
● Ultimate Classroom, Network 10

Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent

● Amy Shark, Australian Idol, Seven Network
● Ayesha Madon, Heartbreak High, Netflix
● Chloe Hayden, Heartbreak High, Netflix
● Flex Mami, Love Island Australia, 9Network
● Kween Kong, RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under, Stan
● Lilliana Bowrey, Surviving Summer, Netflix

Bert Newton Award for Most Popular Presenter

● Hamish Blake, Lego Masters Australia, 9Network
● Julia Morris, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! & Taskmaster, Network 10
● Scott Cam, The Block, 9Network
● Shaun Micallef, Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, ABC
● Sonia Kruger, The Voice, Dancing With The Stars & Big Brother, Seven Network
● Tony Armstrong, A Dog’s World with Tony Armstrong, ABC

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE for Most Outstanding Actress

● Claudia Jesse, Bali 2002, Stan
● Claudia Karvan, Bump Season 3, Stan
● Harriet Dyer, Colin from Accounts, BINGE
● Kate Mulvany, The Twelve, FOXTEL & BINGE
● Marta Dusseldorp, The Twelve, FOXTEL & BINGE
● Milly Alcock, Upright (Season 2), FOXTEL & BINGE

Most Popular Lifestyle Program

● A Dog’s World With Tony Armstrong, ABC
● Back Roads, ABC
● Better Homes and Gardens, Seven Network
● Gardening Australia, ABC
● Selling Houses Australia, FOXTEL
● Travel Guides, 9Network

Patrick Brammall and Harriet Dyer
Co-stars of Colin from Accounts and married couple Patrick Brammall and Harriet Dyer both took home Logie Awards.

Most Outstanding Reality Program

● Australian Survivor: Heroes v Villains, Network 10
● Hunted Australia, Network 10
● I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Network 10
● Married at First Sight, 9Network
● MasterChef Australia: Fans & Favourites, Network 10
● The Block, 9Network

Most Outstanding News Coverage or Public Affairs Report

● 7NEWS – Turkey Earthquake, Seven Network
● A Current Affair – Seaworld Helicopter Disaster, 9Network
● Foreign Correspondent – Saving the Children, ABC
● Foreign Correspondent – Somalia: A Story of Survival, ABC
● Four Corners – Do No Harm, ABC
● Four Corners – How Many More, ABC

Most Popular Reality Program

● Farmer Wants A Wife, Seven Network
● Hunted Australia, Network 10
● I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, Network 10
● Married at First Sight, 9Network
● MasterChef Australia: Fans & Favourites, Network 10
● The Block, 9Network

Most Outstanding Sports Coverage

● 2022 AFL Grand Final, Seven Network
● 2022 FIFA World Cup, SBS
● 2022 Melbourne Cup Carnival, Network 10
● 2023 Australian Open, 9Network
● Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Seven Network
● State of Origin, 9Network

Most Outstanding Entertainment Program

● Gruen Nation Season 3, ABC
● Hard Quiz, ABC
● LEGO® Masters Australia, 9Network
● RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under Season 2, Stan
● The Cheap Seats, Network 10
● The Masked Singer Australia, Network 10

Most Popular Entertainment Program

● AGT, Seven Network
● Gogglebox Australia, FOXTEL & Network 10
● Gruen, ABC
● Hard Quiz, ABC
● LEGO® Masters Australia, 9Network
● The Voice, Seven Network

Most Outstanding Factual or Documentary Program

● Alone Australia, SBS
● Australia’s Wild Odyssey, ABC
● Old People’s Home For Teenagers, ABC
● Revealed: Trafficked, Stan
● The Australian Wars, SBS
● Todd Sampson’s Mirror Mirror: Love & Hate, Network 10

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE for Most Popular Actress

● Ada Nicodemou, Home and Away, Seven Network
● Celeste Barber, Wellmania, Netflix
● Emily Symons, Home and Away, Seven Network
● Julia Zemiro, Fisk Season 2, ABC
● Kitty Flanagan, Fisk Season 2, ABC
● Lynne McGranger, Home and Away, Seven Network

Sam Neill and Marta Dusseldorp
Sam Neill won Most Popular Actor.

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE for Most Outstanding Actor

● Mark Coles Smith, Mystery Road: Origin, ABC
● Patrick Brammall, Colin from Accounts, BINGE
● Richard Roxburgh, Bali 2002, Stan
● Sam Neill, The Twelve, FOXTEL & BINGE
● Tim Draxl, In Our Blood, ABC
● Tim Minchin, Upright (Season 2), FOXTEL & BINGE

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE for Most Popular Actor

● James Stewart, Home and Away, Seven Network
● Lincoln Younes, After The Verdict, The Last King of The Cross & Barons, 9Network, Paramount+ & ABC
● Mark Coles Smith, Mystery Road: Origin, ABC
● Patrick Brammall, Colin from Accounts & Summer Love, BINGE & ABC
● Ray Meagher, Home and Away, Seven Network
● Sam Neill, The Twelve, FOXTEL & BINGE

Most Popular Current Affairs Program

● 60 Minutes, 9Network
● 7.30, ABC
● A Current Affair, 9Network
● Australian Story, ABC
● Foreign Correspondent, ABC
● Four Corners, ABC

TV WEEK SILVER LOGIE for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress

● Brooke Satchwell, The Twelve, FOXTEL & BINGE
● Hayley McElhinney, Mystery Road: Origin, ABC
● Miranda Otto, True Colours, SBS
● Pallavi Sharda, The Twelve, FOXTEL & BINGE
● Virginia Gay, After The Verdict, 9Network
● Yerin Ha, Bad Behaviour, Stan

Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie

● Black Snow, Stan
● Five Bedrooms, Paramount+
● In Our Blood, ABC
● Mystery Road: Origin, ABC
● Significant Others, ABC
● The Twelve, FOXTEL & BINGE

TV WEEK GOLD LOGIE for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television

● Hamish Blake, Lego Masters Australia, 9Network
● Julia Morris, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! & Taskmaster, Network 10
● Leigh Sales, 7.30 & Australian Story, ABC
● Mark Coles Smith, Mystery Road: Origin, ABC
● Osher Günsberg, The Bachelors Australia & The Masked Singer Australia, Network 10
● Shaun Micallef, Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell, ABC
● Sonia Kruger, The Voice, Dancing With The Stars & Big Brother, Seven Network

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