Geoffrey Rush named Australian of the Year
Ahead of the inaugural AACTA Awards, its President Geoffrey Rush is named Australian of the Year.
Geoffrey Rush has been named as Australian of the Year 2012.
The veteran actor was named ahead of seven other finalists by Prime Minister Julia Gillard
at Parliament House in Canberra last night.
The accolade comes ahead of the inaugural AACTA Awards, with Rush as President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.
He has a busy schedule this week, due to be in Los Angeles to host the AACTA International Awards Ceremony tomorrow, alongside Nicole Kidman and Guy Pearce, and then to return for the AACTA Awards Ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday.
Damian Trewhella, AFI / AACTA CEO, said, “Since his appointment as President of the Australian Academy in August 2011, Geoffrey Rush has demonstrated time and again his wholehearted professional and personal commitment to the Academy.
“His dedication to furthering the promotion and recognition of the Australian screen industry through his leadership role with the Australian Academy is nothing short of spectacular.
“On behalf of the AFI / AACTA, I congratulate Geoffrey, and wish him the best in his new role as Australian of the Year – a role in which he will no doubt further elevate the Australian screen industry as well as the Australian Academy.’’
Rush already has an Academy Award, a Tony Award, an Emmy Award, two Golden Globes, three BAFTAs, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Helpmann Award, two AFI Awards, an AFI Raymond Longford Award and an Australian Centenary Medal.
This year he celebrates 40 years in the Performing Arts.