Our stars shine bright
HOW times have changed in regards to Australians and the movie industry.
Once we were just Hicksville where a few names, such as Peter Finch, floated to the fringes of stardom, but in essence we were the extras on the block.
If you were like me you watched the Academy Awards for years on Channel Nine for five hours never recognising an Australian.
We started to make our mark in the late 80s and 90s with nominations for such things as costume design and art direction.
Then our stars produced performances which just couldn't be overlooked.
Names such as Cate Blanchett, Judy Davis, Geoffrey Rush, Nicole Kidman, Mel Gibson and Russell Crowe started to go up in lights.
Last night we had six Australian Oscar nominees and also a brilliant home grown talent running the entire show in Hugh Jackman.
Jackman reminded me of a straight Peter Allen as he sang and danced his way across the Oscar stage.
Heath Ledger's victory for his outstanding performance in 'The Dark Knight' was just brilliant.
We have certainly come a long way in the film industry since we first claimed an Oscar back 1942 when cinematographer Damien Parer and producer Ken G Hall won the best documentary award for their film Kokoda Front Line.