Liam Hemsworth and Yvonne Strahovski Earn Breakthrough AwardsThe Australians in Film’s 8th Annual Breakthrough Awards will be held on June 27, 2012 and this year it’ll be The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth and Chuck‘s Yvonne Strahovski who’ll be honored for their acting work. The AIF will also be honoring The Weinstein Company’s Harvey Weinstein and filmmaker John Polson for “their contributions to Australian film and television.”
“We are delighted to recognize the undeniable talent and international success of two of Australia’s brightest rising stars, Liam Hemsworth and Yvonne Strahovski by awarding them each a 2012 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award,” stated Andrew Warne, president of AiF.
Warne continued, “This year, for the first time, we are acknowledging two individuals with an Australians in Film International Award. Harvey Weinstein, whose company recently purchased the new Australian film, The Sapphires, and John Polson, whose Tropfest Short Film Festival just premiered in Las Vegas. Both have championed Australian film talent in the past.
What is Australians in Film?
Per AIF: “Founded in May 2001, to celebrate and support the work of Australian film and TV makers, Los Angeles based non-profit Australians in Film has held nearly 200 screenings, premieres and special events and currently has over 800 members. Australians in film Ambassadors include Australian Oscar-winning actors Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, 2005), Nicole Kidman (The Hours, 2002), Russell Crowe (Gladiator, 2000) and Geoffrey Rush (Shine, 1996) and 30 other internationally known stars and film-makers including Hugh Jackman, Fred Schepisi and Naomi Watts. In 2008 Australians in Film established the annual Heath Ledger Scholarship in honor of the late actor.”
Source: Australians in Film