Article Oct 20, 2016

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Rebel Wilson wins trailblazer prize at Australians in Film awards

Actress Rebel Wilson was honored with a trailblazing awards at the annual Australians in Film ceremony on Wednesday (19Oct16).

The Pitch Perfect star was presented with the inaugural Annette Kellermann Award, which honors trailblazing Australian women in Hollywood, by her Bridesmaids director Paul Feig.

"The genius & loveliest man @paulfeig presented me with my award! Paul gave me my first job in America in Bridesmaids!" Rebel wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of them hugging onstage.

Australians in Film president Kate Marks said Rebel was chosen because she is a unique star who has "made her own influential mark in Hollywood and represents what this award is about," like Kellermann, the Australian swimmer-turned-actress and who was the first to make an "international name for herself in Hollywood" at in the early 1900s.

English director Ridley Scott was honored with the Ausfilm International Award and James Wan, the director of Saw and Furious 7, won the Fox Studios Australia International Award.

Both Suicide Squad star Jai Courtney and Lion director Garth Davis were presented with breakthrough prizes and Village Roadshow Entertainment Group chief executive Greg Basser won the Qantas Orry-Kelly International Award.

“Jai and Garth are worthy honorees of the FOXTEL Breakthrough Award. Both are incredibly talented and in demand, both internationally and in Australia. We look forward to celebrating their achievements," said Marks said when their honor was announced in September (16).

Rebel shared another picture on Twitter showing her posing for a picture with Jai, Greg and James and wrote, "Aussies united tonight! Congrats @JaiCourtney, James and Greg - what a fantastic night," with an emoji of the Australian flag.

The ceremony was hosted by Tim Minchin at the NeueHouse private members' club in Los Angeles.