Australian men have triumphed at this year’s Academy Awards, walking away with three Oscars.
The Aussie “man-slide” began with a win in Best Costume Design for The Great Gatsby. Catherine Martin accepted the award on behalf of her husband – the film’s director and Aussie male icon Baz Luhrmann.
Within minutes, Mrs Luhrmann was up on her feet again to accept the Oscar for Best Production Design – again for The Great Gatsby.
As widely reported in the media, this was the second time that a woman married to an Australian man had been presented with two Oscars. Mrs Luhrmann had previously achieved the feat in 2001 for Moulin Rouge.
As expected, the Australian male influence continued with Cate Blanchett winning the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Blue Jasmine.
Although Blanchett’s father was American, her husband is male Australian theatre identity, Andrew Upton.
Reinforcing the importance of Aussie males, Mrs Upton singled out her three sons, saying that she would not have been able to win the Oscar without them.
There was arguably a fourth win for Aussie manhood soon afterwards.
Matthew McConaughey, who spent a formative 12 months as an exchange student in New South Wales in 1988, won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Dallas Buyer’s Club.
Although McConaughey did not refer to Australia in his acceptance speech, he later told reporters that he would gladly accept a call-up to play for New South Wales in this year’s rugby league State of Origin series if required.
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