Congratulations to Hamish Blake, winner of the 2012 Gold Logie award. Blake beat out an impressive list of nominees including 2011 winner Karl Stefanovic, dual 2012 silver Logie winner Adam Hills, 2012 silver Logie winner Asher Keddie, Carrie Bickmore and Esther Anderson.

It capped off what was a VERY long broadcast filled with the usual lengthy speeches, gaffes, mediocre performances and controversy. The Logies is always enjoyable though halfway through you realise it’s very late and there’s still so much of it to go! Certainly Channel 9 need to look at broadcasting the program live in future years so as to save from spoilers (be they from inside the venue or ‘accidentally’ published on a newspaper website) – and the network needs to tighten the broadcast significantly. Coming in at nearly four hours thirty minutes it’s a marathon I’m surprised that the attendees could make it through.

The news that TV Week supplied a complete list of the winners to media outlets at 6pm with a strict embargo for release after the end of the broadcast poses one major question: with the Gold Logie SMS voting not closing until 8pm AEST, what of the votes from 6pm-8pm? Did they not count? Are the people who sent them deserving of a refund (in my opinion – absolutely)?

On the plus side there were many significant/correct/intelligent wins in categories across the board. Hugh Sheridan (Packed To The Rafters) won the most popular male, while Asher Keddie (Offspring/Paper Giants) won the most popular female. The Slap won most outstanding drama; Rob Carlton (Paper Giants) won most outstanding male actor & Melissa George (The Slap) won most outstanding female. Chelsie Preston Crayford picked up the Graham Kennedy award for most outstanding new talent. Go Back To Where You Came From won the most outstanding factual program – the only SBS gong for the night. This year saw the first instance of a program made intentionally for a digital multi-channel winning a Logie, with My Place (ABC3) winning most oustanding children’s program.

Adam Hill’s monologue to open the show was outstanding, as was Shaun Micallef’s Gold Logie introduction/presentation. Steve Quartermain’s dig that Ch10 don’t have the AFL this year as he accepted the Most popular sports program Logie was a nice touch indeed. The In Memoriam presentation was good though Mick Molloy’s eulogy for Bill Hunter, while nice, showed disrespect to the others listed due in part to it’s length. The introduction to Molly Meldrum’s induction into the Logies Hall of Fame went on for FAR TOO LONG, but the acceptance speech by Michael Gudinski on Molly’s behalf was endearing. Don’t even get me started on the musical performances – six in total, and all bar Tony Bennett suffered from poor audio/delivery. Bottom line it was a One Direction sandwich with the ugliest, biggest filling you’ve ever had to eat.

It was a big win for the ABC, with eight Logies in total. Channel 9 won six, Channel 7 won five and Channel 10 won three.

This special MolksTVTalk LIVE podcast was recorded at the Regatta Hotel in Toowong is a great recap of the night if you can hang in there for the entire thing. The first 30 minutes is Josh and I covering the red carpet fashion with Channel 7’s Liz Cantor (thanks Liz!), and then we recap each segment of the Logies after they’ve happened. We hope you found it as amusing as we did recording it!