Charlotte Dawson was awarded an honorary ASTRA Award tonight.
Charlotte Dawson was awarded an honorary ASTRA Award tonight.

Tributes and tears flow for Charlotte Dawson at ASTRA Awards

CHARLOTTE Dawson's wicked sense of humour was missed at tonight's ASTRA Awards.

There were plenty of tears as the subscription TV industry paid tribute to the Australia's Next Top Model judge, who committed suicide last month.

Former Top Model host Sarah Murdoch talked of Dawson's generosity and spirit.

"At work she made sure everyone was okay," Murdoch said.

"Her heart was always in the right place… making us all laugh until our bellies hurt. "

Dawson's sisters accepted her honorary ASTRA Award and her Top Model co-stars Jennifer Hawkins and Didier Cohen dedicated the show's Most Outstanding Reality Program win to the former model.

"It has been a difficult three weeks," Hawkins said.

"We all loved Charlotte and I think tonight is a celebration. We want to dedicate this to Charlotte."

Prison drama Wentworth trumped Top of the Lake, winning Most Outstanding Australian Drama and Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor Female.

Winner Nicole da Silva spoke of the "handshake deal" with Foxtel's head of TV Brian Walsh which "made Wentworth a reality".

Top of the Lake's Peter Mullan won Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor Male.

Showcase, which airs acclaimed international series including Game of Thrones and House of Cards, was named Channel of the Year.

Selling Houses Australia continued its domination of the annual pay-TV awards' fan-voted categories, again winning Favourite Program and Favourite Male and Female personalities for Andrew Winter and the awards' co-host Shaynna Blaze.

An emotional Blaze also dedicated her award to Dawson, despite never having met her.

"I never met her, but I looked up to her. Charlotte this one's for you," she said.

2014 ASTRA Awards winners

Most Outstanding General Entertainment Program - SLIMEFEST 2013

Most Outstanding Australian Drama - Wentworth

Favourite Program Australia - Selling Houses Australia

Most Outstanding Reality Program - Australia's Next Top Model

Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor, Female - Nicole da Silva, Wentworth

Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program - Paddock to Plate

Most Outstanding Sports Program - The DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour, FOX Sports

Most Outstanding News Program - Election 2013 Coverage, SKY News

Most Outstanding Sports Entertainment Program - Open Mike, FOX Footy

Most Outstanding Children's Content - Disney Channel FanFest TV Special Event

Favourite Personality Male - Andrew Winter, Selling Houses Australia

Most Outstanding Factual Program - The People Speak, History Channel

Most Outstanding Use of Innovation - Rugby on FOX Sports

Favourite Program International Drama - The Walking Dead

Favourite Program International - Grand Designs UK

Most Outstanding Performance by a Broadcast Journalist - David Speers, SKY News Australia

Channel Achievement Award - History Channel

Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor, Male - Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake

Favourite Personality Female - Shaynna Blaze, Selling Houses Australia

Most Outstanding Music Program - The Riff, Channel V

Most Outstanding New Talent - Kelli Underwood, FOX Sports

Channel of the Year - showcase



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