Amy Adams (Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.)
Monica Lewinsky, actress/producer Amy Adams, producer, director and writer Simon Kinberg and Ausfilm CEO Debra Richards will hand out the prizes at Australians in Film’s 7th annual awards gala in Los Angeles.
Supporting AiF’s mission to help introduce Australian talent into the international market and to provide educational and career development programs, the awards will be doled out at Paramount Pictures Studio at 6 pm on October 24.
The fundraising event will be hosted by actor, producer, director and writer Josh Lawson (The Little Death, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), who was nominated for an Academy Award this year along with director Derin Seale for their short film The Eleven O’Clock, which he starred in, wrote and produced.
In her capacity as a social activist and Vanity Fair contributing editor, Lewinsky will present Hannah Gadsby with the Create NSW Annette Kellerman Award. In her Netflix special Nanette Gadsby explored myriad social issues including critiquing the culture that made a punchline of Lewinsky.
Lewinsky interviewed the comedian last week at a Vanity Fair entertainment summit, prompting Gadsby to quip on Twitter: “We made a good team. So good, in fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we get asked to be the support act for Clinton’s speaking tour…”
Five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams will present her Sharp Objects co-star Eliza Scanlen with the Screen Australia Breakthrough Award, which recognizes Australian screen talent who have had major international presence over the past year. That award will be shared with Keiynan Lonsdale, presenter TBC.
Producer, writer and director Simon Kinberg (Deadpool, The Martian, Logan) will present Academy Award-winning film editor Lee Smith (Dunkirk, Inception) with the Fox Studios International Award. Smith currently is editing Fox’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which stars Sophie Turner as the supremely powerful mutant, directed by Kinberg.
Producer Mark Johnson (Rain Man, Breaking Bad, Breath) will receive the Ausfilm International Award for his contribution to the Australian film industry, presented by Richards.
The presenter of the Qantas Orry-Kelly Award to Damon Herriman is yet to be revealed.