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Australian stars assemble for AACTAs

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The stars of Australia's large and small screens will mingle at the annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards in Sydney.

Actor/director Simon Baker will be there to collect the Trailblazer Award while some of the country's biggest names - including Paul Hogan, Anthony LaPaglia and Rachel Griffiths - will attend the event on Wednesday.

Nicole Kidman has been nominated twice, for her supporting roles in film Lion and TV series Top of the Lake: China Girl, but hasn't been listed as a confirmed attendee.

Tearjerker, Lion, is the most nominated film with a total of 12 nods, seven of which were already won at the AACTA luncheon this week honouring the people working behind the scenes. It will compete against Ali's Wedding, Berlin Syndrome, Hounds of Love and Jasper Jones for the title of Best Film.

On the small screen, Jane Campion's second season of Top Of The Lake and Blue Murder: Killer Cop, the updated story of notorious real-life NSW detective, Roger Rogerson, lead with 11 nominations each.

Just days before the ceremony, AACTA president Geoffrey Rush stepped down from his position in light of allegations against him of inappropriate behaviour, which he denies. He is not expected to attend the event.

* The AACTA Awards will air on the Seven Network from 8.30pm (AEDT) on Wednesday

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