Margot Robbie has been announced as the recipient of the AACTA Trailblazer Award, following her hit film Barbie enjoying global success as well as recent production successes with SaltBurn, Amsterdam and Maid.
Previously awarded to Chris Hemsworth, Rose Byrne, Simon Baker, and Isla Fisher, the award recognises the achievements of an Australian screen practitioner whose body of work has served as an inspiration to others.
Margot Robbie said “I am truly honoured to accept the AACTA Trailblazer Award, especially in my hometown on the Gold Coast. Australia has always been my grounding force, and to receive this recognition here is incredibly special. I believe in the power of storytelling and the impact it can have on shaping culture and inspiring others. This award is a testament to the incredible talent and dedication of everyone involved in the film community, and I am thrilled to be a part of it. Thank you to AACTA for this tremendous honour and I look forward to celebrating with the Australian screen industry in Queensland next month.”
The Award will be presented to Robbie at the 2024 AACTA Awards on Saturday 10 February at HOTA on the Gold Coast.
Australian actress and producer, Margot Robbie, has made a significant impact on the global screen industry with her versatile talent and captivating performances. Her notable roles include the critically acclaimed film I, Tonya, where she portrayed figure skater Tonya Harding, and Bombshell where she played a young woman navigating the toxic environment of a news network, both roles earning her Academy Award nominations. Robbie’s dedication to her craft and ability to seamlessly inhabit diverse roles have earned her numerous accolades and nominations.
Robbie gained widespread recognition for her breakthrough role as Naomi Lapaglia in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad and later in Birds of Prey showcased her ability to bring complex and dynamic characters to life.
In addition to her acting career, Robbie has ventured into producing through her company, LuckyChap. She played a pivotal role in bringing forth female-driven stories, such as I, Tonya, Birds of Prey, and Promising Young Woman, contributing to the push for greater diversity and representation in the film industry. Margot’s influence and impact has been evident with her involvement in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie which has grossed over $1.4 billion worldwide. In her role of both lead actress and producer, Robbie broke away from conventional stereotypes and offered an empowering female narrative.
Margot Robbie’s impact extends beyond her on-screen performances, as she continues to shape narratives and challenge industry norms. Her commitment to empowering women in film, combined with her talent and business acumen, solidifies Robbie as an influential figure in the entertainment world and a deserved recipient of the 2024 AACTA Trailblazer Award.