Australians in Film (AiF) will present Naomi Watts the 2019 Orry-Kelly Award at the organisation’s annual gala awards evening later this month in Los Angeles.
The Orry-Kelly Award is given to an Australian whose body of work has provided inspiration globally in film and television and who continues to give back to the Australian industry.
Watts is a two-time Academy Award nominee, most recently seen in Showtime series The Loudest Voice alongside Russell Crowe and Sienna Miller. Watts also produced and stars in Penguin Bloom, which has just finished shooting in Sydney, directed by Glendyn Ivin.
Her other credits include Luce, Ophelia, Mulholland Drive, The Impossible, 21 Grams, I Heart Huckabees, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), St. Vincent, The Ring, King Kong, Eastern Promises, Fair Game, J. Edgar, The International and The Painted Veil.
Watts joins previously announced AiF honourees Ruby Rose, Sarah Snook, Dacre Montgomery, and director Anthony Maras (Hotel Mumbai) and Warner Bros. president worldwide physical production Bill Draper.
AiF president Kate Marks said: “2019 has been a remarkable year so far for Naomi Watts, so we are thrilled to be honoring and celebrating her impressive body of work. Coming off a powerful performance in The Loudest Voice, and a lead role in Penguin Bloom – her first Australian film since 2013 – which she also produced, Naomi’s work continues to challenge and inspire audiences around the world.”
The fundraising event will be hosted by Australian singer-songwriter, comedian, writer and actor, Eddie Perfect.
The awards, presented by by Ausfilm, Screen Australia and Create NSW, support AiF’s non-profit mission to usher Australian talent into the international market and provide educational and career development programs.
The 8th Annual AiF Awards Gala and Benefit Dinner will be held at the Intercontinental Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 23.