Eric Bana touched down on home turf from the Chicago shoot for “The Time Traveler’s Wife” with just a few hours to spare before joining 1,500 Aussie industryites at the Australian Film Institute Awards Dec. 6.
Thesp’s long haul was rewarded when he won best actor kudos and a people’s choice award at the black tie dinner at the Melbourne Convention Center.
Produced for the third time by rock promoter Paul Dainty, the AFIs are now a slick, well-attended affair. Geoffrey Rush proved a nimble host for the second consecutive year.
Red carpet head turners included Cate Blanchett, Joan Chen and towering drag queens from tuner “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” currently playing a season in Melbourne.