Trailblazer Award - Rose Byrne
Rose Byrne was awarded the Inaugural AACTA Trailblazer Award at the 4th AACTA Awards in Sydney, January 2015.
Byrne’s transcendent reputation in the public eye in combination with her success on the big and small screen marries with one of the Australian Academy’s most important aims – to foster a collegiate of highly talented Australians whose achievements will serve to motivate and mentor the next generation of Australians, enabling them to maximise their full potential.
Her breakout performance in TWO HANDS heralded the beginning of a rising talent, whose career trajectory serves as an inspiration to other young Australian performers. Byrne’s success in the US adds to Australia’s international reputation for continuously producing outstanding screen talent, and the Australian Academy was delighted to honour Byrne at home with this Award.
Nominated for Golden Globes and Primetime Emmy Awards, Byrne also holds nominations for numerous critic awards around the globe. Byrne holds two Awards from the Australian Film Institute (AFI) | AACTA; she was awarded an AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress for her performance in THE TURNING (2013), and an AFI International Award for Best Actress for DAMAGES (2007).
As a girl from the Sydney suburb of Balmain, Byrne’s career began at the age of 15 years old with her first feature film role in DALLAS DOLL (1994). Early peer recognition followed in 2000 at the Venice Film Festival - winning the award for best actress for her performance in THE GODDESS OF 1967. Since her role in TWO HANDS (1999) opposite Heath Ledger, Byrne’s career has diversified over a number of different genres from the local to the international stage.
She is now an in-demand actor in both the US film and television industries. Her role opposite Glenn Close in the US television drama series DAMAGES saw Byrne break into the international market, with two Golden Globe and two Emmy Award nominations. Byrne is in demand on the big screen for her comedy prowess which kicked off co-starring with the outlandish Russell Brand in GET HIM TO THE GREEK.
Her international comedy hits include, BRIDESMAIDS, THE INTERNSHIP and BAD NEIGHBOURS. She continues to delight and entertain audiences of every age - singing and dancing her way through ANNIE and as a secret agent in SPY. The success and the popularity of her character portrayals on the big and small screen have garnered her millions of fans around the globe.