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Australian screen stars to attend AACTAs

AAP logoAAP 6/12/2016 Danielle McGrane

Mel Gibson's directorial return, Hacksaw Ridge, is expected to sweep the board at the 6th annual AACTA Awards, honouring the country's TV and film industry, in Sydney on Wednesday evening.

The WWII drama, shot in NSW, is the frontrunner at the ceremony with a total of 13 nominations and four industry awards, including best cinematography and best editing, already in the bag.

The Daughter, starring Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill and Miranda Otto, is in close second with 10 nominations at the Australian awards, including one for Best Film.

Gibson, who is up for Best Direction, is expected to attend the ceremony alongside fellow Hollywood stars Isla Fisher and Paul Hogan.

Hogan, the Crocodile Dundee actor, has already been named as the recipient of the highest Australian screen honour the Longford Lyell Award, which he will accept at the ceremony.

Comedy actress Fisher will be there to receive the AACTA Trailblazer Award, given to an Australian screen practitioner who inspires others with their portfolio of work.

Fisher will be joined at the awards by husband Sacha Baron Cohen, with actors Rose Byrne, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Caton, Shane Jacobson and director George Miller just some of the other stars expected to attend.

British legendary group Culture Club will perform on the night alongside Paul Kelly, Jessica Mauboy and Dami Im.

*The AACTA Awards will be televised on the Seven Network at 8.30pm (AEDT) on Wednesday.

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