“I acknowledge the bar set by former hosts of the AFI and AACTA Awards, including screen icons such as Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Geoffrey Rush, and I am delighted to be involved with a new show format which I hope audiences find entertaining, as we celebrate Australian talent and screen excellence,” Hugh Sheridan said.
Sheridan has previously appeared hosting the reality TV show I will Survive on Ten.
AACTA President Geoffrey Rush will also be a presenter at the awards, to be held at The Star’s new Event Centre.
He says working with Sheridan on A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum has shown him the young actor has a “wisdom beyond his years.”
“The AACTA Awards are critical to Australia’s screen heritage, and it’s important that our Awards Ceremony is televised nationally so that all Australians can celebrate the role which film and television play in shaping our nation’s culture,” Rush said.
This is the second year of the AACTA Awards, which replaced the AFI Awards in 2012.
Catch the AACTA Awards on Channel Ten on January 30 from 7pm.