Emma Booth was a picture of glamour on the red carpet last night at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards in Sydney.

It was a far cry from the Busselton beauty’s appearance in WA writer and director Ben Young’s film Hounds of Love.

Booth won the best lead actress award for her chilling role as serial killer Evelyn in Young’s debut feature.

“This is such a huge, huge honour I’d like to thank the academy, everybody that voted for me thank you so much,” Booth said before acknowledging Young.

“Benny, we did it. I actually said no to doing this film twice and he came back a third time and I thought ‘I’m terrified to take on Evelyn, I don’t know if I can do it justice’. I’m really happy I did. We poured our heart and soul into this.”

It was the only award for the Perth-shot film, which had seven nominations. The big winner on the night was Lion which won all five of its nominated categories.

The story about an adopted boy living in Tasmania trying to find his way back to his home in India won best film and best direction for Garth Davis.

Dev Patel won best supporting actor for his role in the film and nine-year-old star Sunny Pawar received the award for best lead actor, becoming the youngest winner in the category.

Nicole Kidman picked up a best supporting actress award for her role in Lion. She also received the best supporting actress in a TV drama award for her role in Top of the Lake: China Girl.

Kidman’s co-star, Fremantle’s Ewen Leslie, won best supporting actor in a TV drama for his role in the series.