New award for Australia's rising stars

Last Cab to Darwin.s Mark Coles Smith and Looking for Grace.s Odessa Young have won the inaugural Sirius Award presented by the Casting Guild of Australia.

The annual award was created to recognise Australia.s top 10 emerging actors, modelled on the Berlin Film Festival.s Shooting Stars initiative.

.The list of the next big things, actors whose careers will pop overseas in the very near future, was chosen by full-time casting directors, not a celebrity list of actors," Cga president Greg Apps tells If. "We wanted to claim ownership of our rising stars before the Us does."

Dr George Miller presented the Sirius award at the ceremony in Sydney on Monday night hosted by Sarah Snook and Ewen Leslie.

Apps said Coles Smith and Young were the two stand outs, particularly considering how far their careers had advanced over the past 12 months.

Coles Smith.s credits include Pawno,
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