Russell Crowe Announced As New Host Of AACTA Awards

The actor is set to don the hosting hat at the Australian film and television industry’s biggest night.

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Russell Crowe is set to host the second AACTA Awards, which will roll out the red carpet at Sydney’s Star Event Centre to Australia’s finest film and television talent.

Crowe is replacing Hugh Sheridan, who was originally announced as the host, with the Awards stating that Sheridan departed from the gig following conflicting L.A. commitments.

This isn’t the first time that Crowe has nabbed hosting duties, with the actor – most recently seen on screen in Les Miserables and The Man With The Iron Fists – previously presenting the AFI Awards in 2005. Crowe will also host the AACTA International Awards in Los Angeles this Saturday.  

Said Crowe of the announcement: “The Australian Academy is making its mark in the States, and I’m equally as honoured to represent the Australian industry in L.A. as host of AACTA’s International Awards, as I am to return home to celebrate the success of my peers at the second AACTA Awards Ceremony in Sydney.”

And for anyone fearing a stuffy, drawn out Awards Ceremony, Crowe promises that the evening’s proceedings – which will screen on Channel Ten – “ will be entertaining and fast paced, whilst rightfully honouring the fantastic film and television our nation is producing.”

The AACTA Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday January 30. More info and tickets can be purchased here.

Photo credit: Crowe, courtesy of Getty Images/Stuart Wilson.

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