Russell Crowe to host Australian Academy awards

The Gladiator star will front the AACTA International awards in Los Angeles on Saturday (26Jan13), before jetting to Australia to oversee the main awards ceremony in Sydney next Wednesday (30Jan13).

He replaces local actor Hugh Sheridan, who was forced to withdraw from hosting duties due to a scheduling conflict.

Crowe says, “The Australian Academy is making its mark in the States, and I’m equally as honoured to represent the Australian industry in L.A. as host of AACTA’s International Awards, as I am to return home to celebrate the success of my peers at the second AACTA Awards ceremony in Sydney. The show format for the ceremony will be entertaining and fast-paced, whilst rightfully honouring the fantastic film and television our nation is producing.”

Damian Trewhella, AACTA CEO, is thrilled that the actor is hosting two of the events as he has shown his commitment to the Australian Academy since its launch 18 months ago.

He says, “Russell Crowe is a formidable talent whose work has been recognised through peer assessed awards the world over, including through the Oscars, BAFTAs and AFI Awards. That Russell is hosting two events for the Australian Academy in L.A. and Sydney within the space of a week attests to both his support of the Australian screen industry, and his leadership with AACTA as we promote a voice for the Australian industry in the U.S.”