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Australians in Film, the Los Angeles-based industry guild for Australian filmmakers and performers in the U.S., will honor former Dune Entertainment chair Greg Coote and actor Anthony LaPaglia with the organization’s top international award at its annual gala on Oct. 26.At the same time Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street) and Brenton Thwaites (The Giver) will be named as Breakthrough Talents of 2014.
Coote, who passed away earlier this year and LaPaglia, will share the Orry Kelly Award, which recognizes Australians who have contributed to the success of other Australians in the industry.
AiF President Simonne Overend said Greg Coote was an important advisor to Australians in Film from its beginning, helping shape the organization’s strategy, with a particular focus on supporting emerging Australian talent in Hollywood.
Coote co-financed more than 60 20th Century Fox movies, including James Cameron‘s Avatar.
“He played such a major part in our success and really did so much for Aussies in this industry both at home and overseas,’ Overend said.
“Anthony LaPaglia is well known for offering Australians employment opportunities both on his shows and throughout his projects and it is wonderful to see him celebrated for his generous contributions,” added Overend.
The international award is named after Australian costume designer Orry George Kelly, who moved from Australia to the U.S. in 1921. Kelly was Australia’s most prolific Oscar-winning costume designer, winning three statues in the 1950s for An American in Paris, Les Girls and Some Like It Hot.
Of Robbie and Thwaites’ awards, Overrend said: “Both these actors embody the very best talent and potential that we see emerging from Australia today. Their international success so early in their career suggests great promise for the years ahead”.
Robbie has been kept busy since Wolf Of Wall Street, starring opposite Will Smith in Warner Bros.’upcoming heist movie, Focus, as well shooting Z for Zachariah, Suite Française, and Tarzan, also for Warner Bros. Thwaites next appears in a lead role in Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt opposite Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
The guild will also honor Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian with the Fox Studios Australia International Award and EVP of Feature Production, 20th Century Fox, Fred Baron, with the Ausfilm International Award.
The annual gala is held during Ausfilm Week L.A. , run by the national locations marketing agency Ausfilm, which takes place Oct. 26-31.
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