Thursday, August 25, 2005

Aussies invade Hollywood

Have you ever noticed how many Aussies there are in Hollywood? If you haven't check out the following list of Australian actors that have appeared in recent years in major Hollywood movies or US network TV shows.

Academy Award winners
Cate Blanchett for The Aviator (also nominated for Elizabeth)
Russell Crowe for Gladiator (also nominated for A Beautiful Mind and The Insider)
Nicole Kidman for The Hours (also nominated for Moulin Rouge)
Geoffrey Rush for Shine (also nominated for Shakespeare in Love and Quills)

Academy Award nominees
Toni Collette, nominated for The Sixth Sense
Naomi Watts, nominated for 21 Grams

and the rest
Eric Bana, won critical acclaim for his role in the movie Troy
Simon Baker, stars in the television series The Guardian
Gia Carides, played cousin Nikki in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding and the television series My Big Fat Greek Life
Mel Gibson, (can you believe his only Academy award title or nomination ever was for Best Director for Braveheart?)
Rachel Griffiths, plays Brenda in the television series Six Feet Under
Hugh Jackman, stars as Logan/Wolverine in the X-Men movies (if you're a fan then you need to track down a copy of Paperback Hero, an obscure Aussie movie he did before he was famous, and check out his co-star Claudia Karvan - I can't understand why she hasn't made it big)
Anthony LaPaglia, stars in the television series Without a Trace
Jonathan LaPaglia, starred in the television series Seven Days
Heath Ledger, starred in the movie A Knight's Tale
Jacqueline McKenzie, stars in the television series The 4400
Julian McMahon, stars in the television series Nip/Tuck
Ben Mendelsohn, died a hero's death in the movie Vertical Limit
Poppy Montgomery, appears in the television series Without a Trace
Frances O'Connor, played the mother in Artificial Intelligence and Brendan Fraser's ideal woman in Bedazzled
Miranda Otto, played Eowyn in the The Lord of the Rings movies
Guy Pearce, came to notice in LA Confidential with Russell Crowe but was truly awesome in the movie Memento
Noah Taylor, played an uber-geek in the movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Hugo Weaving, plays Agent Smith in The Matrix movies
David Wenham, played the prodigal son Farimir in the The Lord of the Rings movies
Sarah Wynter, appeared in the television series The Dead Zone

Oh, and don't forget wonderful Aussie directors like Bruce Beresford, Peter Weir, Baz Lurhmann and Fred Schepisi.

As best I can tell no other nationality (with the possible exception of Canadians) comes close in terms of Hollywood presence.

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