25 Jan '12, 9am

Geoffrey Rush named 2012 Australian Of The Year

Geoffrey Rush named 2012 Australian Of The Year

Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush was on Wednesday named the 2012 Australian of the Year, the highest award bestowed in his native country, in recognition of a lifetime of achievement in the arts. -- PHOTO: WARNER BROS SYDNEY (AFP) - Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush was on Wednesday named the 2012 Australian of the Year, the highest award bestowed in his native country, in recognition of a lifetime of achievement in the arts. Rush, 60, beat a former military chief and a host of other well-known Australians to the award, which was presented to him in Canberra on Wednesday evening by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He won an Academy Award for his compelling portrayal of troubled pianist David Helfgott in the 1996 film Shine, an achievement which saw him eventually take the coveted Triple Crown of acting: an Oscar, Tony and Emmy. Shine turned the late-blooming Rush from theatr...

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