Hughes won the AFI award for best actress for Careful, He Might Hear You in 1983 and was nominated on six other occasions, for Newsfront, My Brilliant Career, Lonely Hearts, My First Wife, Echoes of Paradise and Boundaries of the Heart.
.She was a brilliant actress who set the standard and was pioneering for her era,. filmmaker Philippe Mora, who was a close friend in the 1980s and early 1990s, told If.
.In my opinion without Wendy there would have been no Judy Davis, no Nicole Kidman and no Cate Blanchett. If timing had been different she would have been a major international star. As it is she leaves a legacy of perfect performances as one of Australia's greatest actresses..
Mora wanted to cast Hughes as the female
The Murray Forrest Award for Film Craft was bestowed on Oscar-winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie.
In a ceremony at the Pavilion Ballroom at Jupiters Hotel and Casino, Natalie Miller introduced the Star of the Year Award, informing the audience of more than 800 that Wasikowska is in France filming Madame Bovary.
Wasikowska stars in John Curran.s Tracks, the adventure based on Robyn Davidson.s book telling of her 2,700km trek across the outback with her dog and four camels in 1977.
A clip was shown of Davidson presenting the award to the 24-year old actress at the Toronto International Film Festival. .The film was very special for me . it gave me the chance to be able to work in Australia again for the
“I’ve been thinking a lot about this moment for a very long time,” began Helgenberger, who went on to reminisce about the show’s humble beginnings in 2000 and its becoming the worldwide phenomenon it is today.
He replaces Morry Schwartz who stepped down after five years, although he will remain on the AFI’s board.
Schwartz said: “The time has come to pass the baton. Alan is one of our industry’s most respected people. I am confident that Alan will take the AFI from strength to strength. He starts with a new era, in a new city.”
AFI CEO Damian Trewhella said a major contribution from Schwartz was the foundation of the AFI Fellowship Program which supports innovative ideas and has provided in excess of $100,000 in industry grants. Trewhella said: “It’s been a mammoth undertaking and Morry’s talents and commitment have been invaluable.”
Finney has been involved in film since the 1960s including the formation of Hexagon Productions, the first ongoing joint venture between production and distribution entities in contemporary Australian history,
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