First presented in 1968, the AACTA Longford Lyell Award is the highest honour that the Australian Academy can bestow upon an individual.
Originally known as the AFI | AACTA Raymond Longford Award, in honour of the great Australian film pioneer, Raymond Longford, the name of the Award was changed in 2015, following consultation with industry, in recognition of Raymond Longford’s partner in filmmaking and in life, Lottie Lyell.
The AACTA Longford Lyell Award recognises a person who has made a truly outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Australia’s screen environment and culture.
Director Ian Dunlop was the first recipient of the honour, at the 1968 AFI Awards. Since then, many icons of the Australian screen industry have received the Award, including Peter Weir, Geoffrey Rush, Fred Schepisi, Jan Chapman, David Stratton, Don McAlpine, Al Clark, Jacki Weaver, Andrew Knight, Cate Blanchett and many more.
Paul Hogan AM - Longford Lyell Award
6th AACTA Awards Presented by Foxtel
In honour of his outstanding contribution to the Australian screen industry, the Longford Lyell Award was presented to Paul Hogan AM at the 6th AACTA Awards Ceremony presented by Foxtel in Sydney on Wednesday 7 December 2016.
The presentation celebrated and honoured Paul’s 45 year career, featuring tributes from Shane Jacobson, Michael Caton, former Tourism Minister John Brown, Peter Faiman, Dave Hughes, Adam Hills, Ernie Dingo and THE PAUL HOGAN SHOW co-star Delvene Delaney.
Paul Hogan’s career began when he was working as a rigger on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and, on a dare, auditioned on talent contest NEW FACES. Following a recurring role on A CURRENT AFFAIR in the early 1970’s, THE PAUL HOGAN SHOW was born – a hugely popular sketch comedy program which he produced, co-wrote and starred in from 1973 to 1984.
He became well known internationally for his work on commercials in the 1980’s, including British advertisements for Foster’s Lager and his unparalleled ‘Come and say G’Day’ campaign with the Australian Tourist Commission, which sky-rocketed Australia to a must-see destination and which coined the iconic phrase “I’ll slip an extra shrimp on the barbie for you.”
In 1985, Paul was awarded Australian of the Year and inducted into the Order of Australia for service to tourism and entertainment. That same year, Paul starred as WWI digger Pat Cleary in the acclaimed Mini Series ANZACs, alongside Andrew Clarke, Vivean Gray, Ilona Rodgers, Tony Bonner, Megan Williams and Bill Kerr. ANZACs series writer John Dixon described how Paul’s public image embodied the qualities that made Australian soldiers so different and successful during WWI.
In 1986 Paul wrote and starred in his first feature film – CROCODILE DUNDEE. The film launched Paul’s international career, earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, and earning him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screen Play and multiple BAFTA nominations. CROCODILE DUNDEE remains the number one Australian film of all time at the Australian box office.
The following year, Paul became the first Australian to host the Oscars – co-hosting the 59th Academy Awards with Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn. He infamously hosted the Ceremony without a script or rehearsal.
CROCODILE DUNDEE spawned two sequels: CROCODILE DUNDEE II, which is also in the top ten Australian films of all time at the Australian box office,and CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES.
An actor, producer and writer, Paul Hogan is a beloved Australian icon whose work has truly enriched Australian screen culture over the past five decades.
Of receiving the honour, Paul Hogan said:
“I’m honoured to be receiving such a wonderful award and am looking forward to catching up with many colleagues on the evening.”
AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella said:
“Paul Hogan needs no introduction – he created one of Australia’s most successful television shows and then the biggest Australian film of all time, he drove an unparalleled Australian tourism campaign throughout the 1980’s and has long been an incredible ambassador for Australia and our screen industry.
“It’s fitting that we honour Paul this year, 30 years since he became an international Australian icon in Crocodile Dundee.
1973 George Wallace Memorial Logie Award for Best New Talent
1975 Logie Award for Best TV Comedian (THE PAUL HOGAN SHOW)
1978 Logie Award for Best Comedy Performer (THE PAUL HOGAN SHOW)
1985 Australian of the Year
1986 Inducted into the Order of Australia (AM) ‘for service to tourism and entertainment’
1987 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (CROCODILE DUNDEE)
Inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame
Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay (CROCODILE DUNDEE) – Nominated
BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay - Original (CROCODILE DUNDEE) – Nominated
BAFTA Award for Best Actor (CROCODILE DUNDEE) – Nominated
Saturn Award for Best Writing (CROCODILE DUNDEE) – Nominated