Friday, October 10, 2008

My Nicole Kidman Stamp Collection

In the St Kilda post office this week I was slightly taken aback by a gigantic display of the new Australian postage stamps featuring four of this country's finest actors. (Well, ok, three of them.) But why only these guys? Take a look at the picture and tell me who's missing. Yes, I know, where's Naomi Watts or freakin Wolverine or Mad Max and where oh where is bloody Elrond? AKA Hugo Weaving, star of Lord of the Rings, the Matrix and one of my favourite Australian films Proof (no not the one where Gwyneth Paltrow plays the, heh, math genius or the one where Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a kiddie fiddler), no the one about the blind photographer living in St Kilda that also stars a self effacing and humble Russell Crowe.
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Elrond and Naomi ain't there not because they weren't born in Oz (neither were Nicole or Russell) but because the Australian Post Office seems to have picked winning an Academy Award as its sole criterion for success. If you don't win an acting Oscar you don't get a stamp. (Mel Gibson didn't get his statuettes for acting.) Come on Australia, are you really going to let two thousand people who mostly live in nursing homes in Arizona decide who goes on your stamps? It isn't right guys; next you'll be putting an octogenarian English lady on your money...oh, wait...