It’s TV’s night of nights with all of Australia’s brightest stars and shows up for coveted awards.
And it was the program’s own host Tom Gleeson who took home the top honour, awarded the Gold Logie at The Star on the Gold Coast on Sunday night.
The comedian admitted he’d been ‘drinking heavily’ as he launched into a rambling and awkward acceptance speech.
After taking to the stage, Tom insisted he was ‘not the most popular person on Australian television’ and claimed the award should have gone to someone from Married at First Sight.
He then raved that he did deserve the win after all, ‘Just because all of you want it and I have got it. Don’t get angry with me. It is all right. You will all survive.’
His rival Amanda Keller then shot the comedian some serious side-eye, looking very far from impressed.
Tom went on: ‘It is a shame that this is the last Gold Logie that is ever going to be handed out because according to Grant Denyer, this is it. I have ruined the Logies and it is never going to happen ever again.’
After being asked to wrap up his endless speech, Tom quipped: ‘I am feeling a bit like Molly Meldrum two years ago.’
He then blissfully continued his a profanity-laden monologue, saying: ‘There has been a lot of concern that I’m turning this award into a joke. But what you are forgetting is I’m a comedian. I love jokes.
‘This award for me represents a joke, but I love jokes. I really enjoy them. I really think we should all lighten the f**k up. I really do.’
The comic added: ‘The aim of my campaign was just to have fun with the whole thing. Because it all doesn’t really matter. ‘
After further rambling, the Hard Chat host then concluded: ‘I would like to take this as a win for comedy. And taking the p**s and not giving a s**t. I’m taking it as a win for comedy because comedy to me is really important.’
He then departed the stage to a combination of applause and confusion from the audience.
Earlier in the evening, the first cab off the award rank was for Most Popular Reality Program, with MasterChef taking the win.
Despite being a ratings smash, Married at First Sight proved controversy doesn’t pay as the action-packed reality hit was snubbed.
MasterChef judge Gary Mehigan accepted the award and seemed surprised by the honour.
Taking to the stage, he said: ‘Oh my. I didn’t think I’d ever stand up here and be stunned. I didn’t think MasterChef would take out this category.
‘Eleven years of cooking on television… I can only say what a bunch of committed and passionate people are behind this.’
Despite the loss, the Married at First Sight cast were out in force on the red carpet.
‘Married’ pair Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli made an entrance, while Cameron Merchant and Jules Robinson were also in attendance along with a solo Heidi Latcham.
MAFS relationship experts John Aiken and Mel Schilling (right) also came along and took the loss in their stride.
Most Popular Panel or Current Affairs Program went to The Project, with the show’s entire cast basking in the glow of their success on stage.
Carrie Bickmore, Lisa Wilkinson, Waleed Aly and Peter Helliar all walked up to accept the award, with Carrie speaking for the cast.
‘Obviously didn’t think we were going to win. We both worn ridiculous outfits!’ Carries joked about herself and Lisa, who both had on large, obstructive gowns.
She continued: ‘First of all thank you to our viewers. Those who have just started watching us and those who have been there from day one.
‘In a couple of weeks we celebrate ten years of the ‘The Project’ which is a remarkable effort for us in this day and age on TV.’
Carried added: ‘I still remember the first episode. It was terrible. Hughesy [Dave Hughes] remarked at the end of it that was his career done. I remember thinking shit if that what is Hughesy saying I have no hope!’
Popular Drama Program went to ABC series Mystery Road taking the honours with lead actor Aaron Pedersen and the cast accepting the statuette.
The award for Most Popular Entertainment Program went to Gogglebox Australia.
The cast were unable to attend, instead sending a lively acceptance speech via video.
The award for Most Outstanding Sports Coverage went to the 2018 FIFA World Cup on SBS.
Most Popular Comedy Program went to Have You Been Paying Attention, accepted by Tom Gleisner.
Most Popular New Talent was awarded to Dylan Alcott, a Paralympian and a star of the AFL Footy Show in 2019.
In his acceptance speech, he said: ‘There are 4.5 million people like me with a disability. Whether it’s in education, employment, going on a date, whatever it is, please give them an opportunity too.
‘Because there are a lot of bloody talented people out there. I promise you they won’t disappoint.’
Taking to the stage to present the Most Popular Actor award alongside Amanda Keller, Peter Helliar dressed up in a Gold Logie costume.
The award went to Luke McGregor from Rosehaven, an ABC TV comedy.
Meanwhile Deborah Mailman won most Popular Actress for Bite Club and Mystery Road, on the Nine Network and ABC.
Most Outstanding Supporting Actress went to Jacki Weaver who accepted her award via a video message.
Costa Georgiadis took home a surprise win over Waleed Aly for Most Popular Presenter.
The hirsute host won for his role on Gardening Australia, a green-thumbed television show on the ABC.
He said in his speech: ‘To all of the gardeners out there and all the people that open up their world. Whether they’re bee keepers whether they’re land carers, whether they’re land carers, whether they’re we’re out on country, this is for you.’
Shaun Micallef unusually presented Most Outstanding Children’s Program via a video link, with the win going to Bluey on ABC Kids.
The Logie for the Most Outstanding Supporting Actor was won by Frankie J Holden for A Place To Call Home.
Kerry O’Brien was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Waleed Aly, and received a standing ovation.
The legendary journalist gave a rousing and wide-ranging speech about the dangers of fake news, racism and climate change.
He couldn’t help taking a dig at Karl Stefanovic, saying in jest: ‘My wife warned me tonight not to say how much she had helped me in my career.
‘As Karl Stefanovic had said here at the Logies a few years ago, because it would probably cost him a couple of million.’
The Logie for Most Popular Lifestyle Program went to ABC’s Gardening Australia with Jane Edmondson accepting the award.
Next up, the Logie for Most Outstanding Factual or Documentary Program was won by Ron Iddles: The Good Cop.
Jessica Mauboy performed a stunning rendition of her new song Little Things, wearing an impressive off-the-shoulder black dress with a thigh-high split.
TV Week Logie for most Outstanding Mini-series or Telemovie went to the Stan original Bloom.
The second win of the night went to Have You Been Paying Attention, which took home Most Outstanding Entertainment Program.
However it was the presentation of the award that had people talking, with a cringe-laden moment coming via Julia Morris, who wore a beard as she stood alongside Costa Georgiadis, with the skit failing to illicit laughs.
Next, Logie for Most Outstanding News Coverage or Public Affairs Report was won by Out of the Dark, by Four Corners, on the ABC.
A moving tribute to Mike Willesee, who passed away earlier this year, was presented by Tracy Grimshaw.
The award for Most Outstanding Actor went to Scott Ryan for Mr Inbetween, however he could not make it as he was shooting season two of the show in New Zealand.
Most Outstanding Actress was won by Jenna Coleman for The Cry, however the actress was not able to attend as she is in the UK reprising her role as the Queen in the third series of Victoria.
Delta Goodrem took to the stage to perform a medley of her hits as well as a surprise rendition of Olivia Newton John’s Let’s Get Physical.
A playful exchange between Richard Wilkinson and Karl Stefanonvic consisted of Richard hugging the former Today host and wishing him well.
Richard said: ‘I can honestly say I hope you are nominated for a Logie this time next year.’
Karl then joked that he could party all night as he did not have to get up early for the Today show.
‘My first Logie in 15 years without having to get up at 3:30 in the morning,’ he said to which Richard replied: ‘Good news, you can have a massive night and have a big sleep-in.’
Married at First Sight received their second snub of the night, losing Most Outstanding Reality Program to Australian Survivor: Champions Versus Contenders.
The award for Most Outstanding Drama went to prison series Wentworth.
Finally it came time for the coveted the Gold Logie, with comedian Tom Gleeson announced as the winner.