Media Release: Friday January 30, 2015 The 4th International AACTA Awards from the G’Day USA Gala Access all areas this Sunday Only on Arena Foxtel’s Arena is thrilled to bring Australians all the glitz and glamour from LA with an exclusive one-hour special of The 4th International AACTA Awards from the G’Day USA Gala, including a front row seat to all the red carpet fashions, this Sunday February 1 at 7.30pm. Following on from the 4th AACTA Awards held in Sydney last night, the G’Day USA Gala, featuring the AACTA International Awards, presented by Qantas, will take place at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on 31 January 2015. The Awards will feature Hollywood stars and Australian icons including Geoffrey Rush, Nicole Kidman, Chris Hemsworth, John Travolta, Mel Gibson, Scarlett Johansson, Jacki Weaver, Rachel Griffiths, Rebel Wilson and Tim Minchin. And in a special presentation, Chris Hemsworth will be honored with an Excellence in Film Award, presented by his Avengers co-star Scarlett Johansson. This year the awards have been completely re-imagined for 2015 to celebrate the new partnership of the AACTA International Awards and G’Day USA’s LA Gala, creating new opportunities for the promotion of the Australian screen sector in North America. The Awards honour the world’s leading screen performers and practitioners in seven categories: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Birdman leads the nominations tally with a total of seven nominations, including Best Supporting Actress, Naomi Watts, marking a strong year following her recent SAG Award nomination for her role in St Vincent. Watts’ last collaboration with Birdman writer/director/producer, Alejandro González Iñárritu, was 21 Grams, for which she received an Oscar nomination. Fellow Australian actress Essie Davis has been nominated for Best Lead Actress for her performance in the Australian film The Babadook. Davis was also nominated for this performance at the 4th AACTA Awards, held in Sydney last night and screening on Arena on Saturday January 31at 7.30pm. Other top nominated films include Boyhood and The Imitation Game which received five nominations each, including Best Film, Best Direction and Best Screenplay. Whiplash followed closely with four nominations, and The Grand Budapest Hotel rounded out the top five nominated films, receiving three nominations. The remaining nine films nominated for the 4th AACTA International Awards all received nominations in acting categories, including Foxcatcher and The Theory of Everything, which each received two nominations. The complete list of nominations, previous award winners and other news and information is available at www.aacta.org The 4th International AACTA Awards from the G’Day USA Gala premiere Sunday February 1 at 7.30pm only on Foxtel’s Arena. The 4th AACTA Awards will screen Saturday January 31at 7.30pm on Foxtel’s Arena. For further information: Jane Mclaren T: 02 9813 7028 M: 0410 415 032 E: [email protected] Follow us: @ArenaTV Facebook.com.au/Arena Arenatv.com.au About Foxtel Foxtel is one of Australia’s most progressive and dynamic media companies, directly employing around 2,500 people, and delivering a diverse subscription television service over cable, satellite and broadband distribution. We offer a better entertainment experience every day to each one of our 2.6 million subscribing homes through delivery of new and inspiring programming across all genres, the world’s most popular channel brands, and investment in high quality local content. As constant champions of innovation we have brought customers the iQ personal digital recorder, Australia’s largest HD offering, the Foxtel Go App for tablets and mobile devices, internet TV service, Foxtel Play and online movie service, Presto. Foxtel is owned by Telstra Corporation Limited ACN 051 775 556 (50%) and News Corporation (50%). foxtel.com.au About Arena Watch What Happens, from the red carpet to the runway - ARENA has it all. Quality hit shows and the best in exclusive Australian television premieres. FASHION, BEAUTY, FOOD, DESIGN and GOSSIP -from the sensational reality of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES and PROJECT RUNWAY AUSTRALIA to Emmy award winning talk with the ever amusing, always dancing ELLEN DEGENERES, plus all your favourites like SEX AND THE CITY, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. You can't help but Watch What Happens!
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