And the accolades just keep coming! Jacki Weaver
was honored this week with the Australian Academy's Raymond Longford Award
and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia
Previous Raymond Longford recipients include George Miller, Fred Schepisi, Peter Weir, Jack Thompson, Geoffrey Rush, Ray Barnett, Tony Buckley, Al Clark, Jan Chapman, Patricia Lovell and Sue Milliken.
Always funny and humble, Weaver said:
“Like I do with any awards I thought it might have been a mistake or an elaborate hoax... I always think when you get a lifetime achievement award people suspect you might be about to cark it... My only regret is that we don't have dames anymore,” Weaver added. “I really fancied being a dame.”
With a career spanning 50 years, Weaver is deserving of her accolades and recently skyrocketing career.
AACTA Chair Alan Finney said:
“I have had the pleasure of knowing Jacki for many years and consider her both a peer and a friend. Over the decades we have seen the Australian film and television industry develop and connect to a global industry and like many I am full of admiration for Jacki’s commitment to her craft, her ability and her continued success both here and now abroad.
“She has been a mentor to so many young performers and those involved in the challenging world of theatre and film and I am delighted that she has been chosen as an AACTA Raymond Longford Award recipient.”