Romulus, My father was named best film, and its star Bana as the best lead actor.Based on the memoirs of London-based philosopher Raimond Gaita, is the story of a post World War two migrant family dealing with isolation in Australia and a mother struggling with mental illness. “I’m jet-lagged but very excited to be here,” the actor said as he arrived from toronto set of the traveller’s Wife.“It is a real thrill (to be nominated). It’s a great bunch of blokes I’m up against, especially to be up against young Kodi.
He’s incredible.”for his part, Kodi Smit-McPhee, 11, Bana’s co-star in the film, was happy to be beaten by his screen hero for the best actor award, but didn’t walk away empty-handed after winning $20,000 and the AfI young actor award.Australia is a nation of immigrants, with about one in four of its 21 million population born overseas and Bana, 39, himself is the son of croatian and German immigrants.
He first came to fame in Australia on a television comedy show before starring in Hollywood movies Hulk, Black Hawk down and troy. Another film about this migrants has won the nation’s top movie awards, with china-born actor Joan chen named best actress for her role in the Home Song Stories, in which she portrays a glamorous Shanghai nightclub.