Aspen, who has been with Sunrise for over ten years, competes with two other Australians:
FilmInk’s Philip Berk, a former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and Peter Mitchell from AAP. Elisabeth Sereda from Austria and Lynn Tso from Taiwan are also nominated.
Aspen was chuffed to be the only American nominated for the award.
“That old chestnut, It’s an honour just to be nominated, is actually true!” he told TV Tonight.
“I’m extremely flattered (and a bit excited). It will be tough to beat Philip Berk!”
The winner will be announced on Feb 28, the Friday before the Academy Awards.