The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts has announced the AACTA Brian Walsh Award for Emerging Talent, sponsored by actress Nicole Kidman.
The award aimed at discovering and nurturing the next generation of Australian actors pays homage to the late Brian Walsh, who left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.
Family friend, Nicole Kidman shared a long-term friendship with Walsh, including on the acclaimed series Vietnam (1987) and Bangkok Hilton (1989).
The recipient will receive $50,000 towards their career development, contributed by Nicole Kidman and gain career support, substantial exposure and recognition through AACTA and its partners.
“Brian Walsh played an important and influential role in the careers of many, including my own. I considered him family, and for that reason I approached AACTA with a view to creating a legacy in his name worthy of Brian’s long and substantial career,” said Kidman.
The AACTA Brian Walsh Award for Emerging Talent is open to emerging actors with less than five years of professional, credited experience. Entrants must be over 18 years of age and cannot have previously been nominated for an AACTA Award.
Entries close 5.00pm AEDT Friday December 1, 2023.
Michael Idato – Culture Editor-at-Large of The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age
Jamie Campbell – Communications Consultant
Rob Collins – AACTA Award Nominated Actor
Carly Heaton – Head of Scripted Fremantle
Amanda Liang – Chief Content and Commercial Officer at Foxtel Group and Managing Director Binge
Lindsey Martin – Senior Vice-President of International Co-Productions and Development at CBS Studios
Kristy McGregor – Casting Director
Unjoo Moon – Director and Producer
Leah Purcell – AACTA Award Winning Actress, Producer, Writer and Director
Pamela Rabe – Actress and Director