Russell Crowe & Nicole Kidman Become President & VP Of Australian Academy
Australian cinema kings Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman have been crowned King and Queen of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.
The couple take on the roles of President (Crowe) and Vice President (Kidman) of AACTA, overseeing an organization advancing their careers when they won their first AACTA awards in 1991 and 1987, respectively.
The Oscar-winning duo will use their positions to nurture talent in Australia, further develop AACTA internationally and promote Australian business abroad.
"The support of Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman has been an integral part of AACTA's growth over the past decade and has helped us grow and grow the record industry and audiences in Australia and internationally," said Damian Trewhella, CEO by AACTA.
“From conquering beautiful new territory by hosting the first AACTA International Awards in LA in 2012 to hosting the AACTA Awards in Sydney and China - while serving as jury president for the AACTA Asia International Awards - Russell was there every step of the way. Similarly, Nicole has featured and supported many of our events in Sydney and LA over the past 10 years to raise our profile and attract new audiences to Australian content. "
"It is an incredible honor to be asked to be AACTA President," added Crowe. “I want our politicians of all beliefs to focus on the power and reach of our local display industry. I will work to encourage the government to provide Australian producers with the fiscal tools they need to be globally competitive while nurturing local talent and magnetizing the industry to attract international productions. "
“We need to increase membership in all areas of the industry and encourage people who work in film and television and people who love film and television to participate in their academy. I feel twice as honored that Nicole will be with me. I think we'll make a good team. It's pretty hard to say no, ”the actor continued.
“I've always been so proud of the Australian display industry and what it continues to achieve around the world. I look forward to having a role in setting a tone and platform for future success, ”said Kidman.
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