Deborah Mailman and Cate Blanchett to co-host the AACTA Awards

New event for Cate!

DON’T expect witty banter from actress Deborah Mailman when she co-hosts the AACTA Awards with Hollywood leading lady, Cate Blanchett.

The Sapphires star doesn’t do jokes.

When asked if she would draw inspiration from comic besties, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, when they host the Golden Globes tomorrow, she said: “No, remember, they’re comedians. No jokes. I am not good at telling jokes.

“We will make the vibe fun and colourful. We are just there to facilitate everyone and to celebrate all the great work.”

The AACTA Awards will be held in Sydney on January 29 and Mailman, who will next appear in the movie Paper Planes, was feeling confident about her hosting duties.

The 42-year-old does, however, expect a few pre-show jitters.

I think closer to the date I will probably have a few nerves, and I am expecting that, but at the same time it is a great honour to be side by side with Cate,” Mailman, who lives in Wollongong with her husband and two children, said.

“But this is a time when the general public can take pride in the work and the films we are making in this country.”

AACTA president Geoffrey Rush, who has worked with both ladies, said he couldn’t think of two better and more successful women to host the well respected event.

“The AACTA Awards celebrate Australia’s finest, and who better to headline this annual bash than two fabulous women who have blazed like comets across our screens at home and abroad,” Rush said.

“I encourage everyone to tune in to see these performers at play.”

The 4th annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards ceremony at The Star Event Centre, will be broadcast on Network 10.

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