Paul Hogan lands highest Aus film award

Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan will be given the Longford Lyell Award at the AACTAs in Sydney for his outstanding contribution to Australian film.

Paul Hogan

Paul Hogan will receive an award for his contribution to Australian film at the AACTA Awards. (AAP)

Paul Hogan will be awarded one of the highest honours in the Australian film industry at this week's 6th AACTA Awards.

The Crocodile Dundee star faced the media on Tuesday in conversation with 'Kenny' star Shane Jacobson to discuss the Longford Lyell Award for outstanding contribution to the Australian screen.

It felt "mystifying" to receive the honour and he was awe-struck to be introduced by AACTA president and Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush.

"He's (Rush) an actor. I only play one character. I'm a huge one-hit wonder," Hogan told reporters in Sydney on Tuesday.

"Crocodile Dundee started out as a sketch it was going to be Hoges in New York and it just sort of grew from there, a fluke."

Jacobson praised Hogan for putting Australia on the map with the highly successful film, released 30 years ago.

"I think it (Crocodile Dundee) went number one in every country, I'm not sure about Nicaragua but it went number one everywhere else and it was the first independent movie to ever go number one right around the world," Hogan said.

"I was Mr Australia there for a while."

Cate Blanchett was last year's recipient of the award, and previous winners include Geoffrey Rush, Jack Thompson and director Peter Weir.

Hogan will join the list at the 2016 ceremony in Sydney on Wednesday.

The AACTA Awards have been honouring the country's TV and film industry for six years as the continuum of the AFI Awards which have been running since 1958.

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Published 6 December 2016 at 1:08pm
Source: AAP