Aussie actress Jacki Weaver lived up to cinema pundits’ expectation by earning an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress for her role as tough-as-old boots matriarch in crime drama Animal Kingdom.
But the veteran 63 year old actress is just one of many Aussies up for Oscar glory this year with Geoffrey Rush and Nicole Kidman also earning nominations.
Rush who has previously won an Oscar for Shine was nominated for his role of the Australian speech therapist Lionel Logue who treats King George VI for a debilitating stutter in The King’s Speech.
Kidman, also a onetime Oscar winner for The Hours, was given a nod for portraying a grieving mother in Rabbit Hole.
Other Aussie Oscar nominees includes Sydney producer Emile Sherman for The King’s Speech and illustrator Shaun Tan who directed the animated film The Lost Thing.
Weaver will go against Amy Adams (The Fighter) and Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech) and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit). She was recently pipped by Melissa Leo already at the The Golden Globes.
The King’s Speech fared best with 12 nominations follow by the Coen Brother’s True Grit which received 10 and Facebook drama The Social Network which garnered 8.