Rose Byrne announced as recipient of inaugural AACTA Trailblazer Award

Rose Byrne announced as recipient of inaugural AACTA Trailblazer Award
The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) today announced performer Rose Byrne as the recipient of its newly created award – the AACTA Trailblazer Award. Byrne will accept the accolade at the 4th AACTA Awards Ceremony on Thursday 29 January 2015 at The Star Event Centre in Sydney, broadcast on Network Ten.
The AACTA Trailblazer Award has been created to highlight an individual’s achievements, abilities and successes as an inspiration to all invested in screen culture and excellence. It captures the exceptional achievement of Australians working in a global film and television industry.
From acting to animation, the AACTA Trailblazer Award is recognition of the multi-disciplinary achievements of talented Australian screen practitioners who inspire others with their portfolio of work, acknowledging their valuable contribution to promoting Australian screen culture and excellence, both here and abroad. The AACTA Trailblazer Award is a discretionary award and is determined by the Board and President of AFI | AACTA.
An AACTA Award winning performer, Rose Byrne also holds Golden Globe and Prime Time Emmy Award nominations for her breakthrough role opposite Glenn Close in the US television drama series Damages. Byrne’s career spans Australian and US film and television, masterfully moving across genres, including drama and comedy.
AACTA President, Geoffrey Rush, said:
“Rose Byrne’s transcendent reputation in the public eye in combination with her success on the big and small screen marries with one of the Australian Academy’s most important aims – to foster a collegiate of highly talented Australians whose achievements will serve to motivate and mentor the next generation of Australians, enabling them to maximise their full potential.
“Rose’s breakout performance in Two Hands clearly heralded the beginning of a rising talent, whose career trajectory we hope serves as an inspiration to other young Australian performers. Rose’s success in the States adds to Australia’s international reputation for continuously producing outstanding screen talent, and the Australian Academy is delighted to honour her at home in Sydney at the 4th AACTA Awards with this new Award.”
Rose Byrne said: “I’m so honored to receive the inaugural AACTA Trailblazer Award. To be recognized by my Australian peers for my work thus far is humbling and I’m so thrilled to be here to receive it.”
To see Rose Byrne receive the inaugural AACTA Trailblazer Award, tune into the 4th AACTA Awards Ceremony on Thursday 29 January on Network Ten at 8.30pm AEST.

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