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Australian Thesps Honored for Hollywood Breakthroughs

Jacki Weaver and Sullivan Stapleton tapped for top award from Australians in Film

Hollywood’s stars from Down Under are being recognized, as the Australians in Film have announced their honorees for their Oct. 24 AiF Benefit Dinner.

AiF, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that serves as a guild for Australians in the U.S. film industry, will honor Jacki Weaver, pictured above, and Sullivan Stapleton with the AiF Breakthrough Award, which honors Australian stars who have garnered international attention. Previous honorees include Liam Hemsworth of “The Hunger Games” and “Chuck” star Yvonne Stahovski.

Both Weaver and Stapleton appeared in 2010’s “Animal Kingdom,” for which Weaver nabbed a supporting actress Oscar nom. She received another in 2013 for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook.” This year, she can be seen in “Blue Jasmine” and “Parkland,” which unspools at the Venice and Toronto film festivals.

Stapleton has completed filming of the “300” sequel, “300: Rise of an Empire,”  and stars in Cinemax’s “Strike Back”; he also co-starred in “Gangster Squad.”

AiF will also present Australian film collective Blue-Tongue Films with the second annual AiF International Collaboration Award. The collective, whose members include Kieran Darcy-Smith, Luke Doolan and Joel Edgerton, is responsible for films such as “Animal Kingdom,” Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman-starrer “Hesher” and Academy Award-nominated “Miracle Fish.”

The dinner will be held at the Grand Salon Ballroom at the InterContinental in Century City.

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