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Rush, Weaver get Australian honours

Geoffrey Rush and Jacki Weaver have been awarded honours in Australia.

King's Speech star Geoffrey was appointed a Companion in the Order of Australia, while Jacki was made an Officer of the Order of Australia during the annual Australia Day honours list, reported the Australian Associated Press.

Australian-born Geoffrey, who won an Oscar for his performance in Shine, said: "I've been fortunate to belong to a particular generation that was driven to explore our national imagination and who enabled a vibrant and distinctive energy to flourish on our stages and screens.

"To have that recognised is the greatest honour," he added.

The 62-year-old, who was born in Queensland and now lives in Melbourne, is best known for playing language therapist Lionel Logue in The King's Speech and Captain Barbossa in the Pirates Of The Caribbean films.

Sydney-born Jacki, who received Oscar nods for her role opposite Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook and the Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom, was last seen in Parkland, a drama about John F Kennedy's assassination.

There was double joy for her, as she will also receive the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts' (AACTA) Raymond Longford Award in honour of her career.

The 66-year-old actress said: "I always think when you get life achievement awards people are suspecting you might be likely to cark it (die). I wasn't expecting the AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) either... I did originally, like I always do with any awards and honours, think it might have been either a mistake or an elaborate hoax."

Fellow Australian actress Rhonda Burchmore was also awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.

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