Veteran actor Sam Neill shocked audiences at the 63rd TV Week Logie Awards on Sunday night when he won the award for Most Popular Actor for his role in the legal drama The Twelve.
Neill, 75, was up against some stiff competition, including fellow nominees Richard Roxburgh, Bryan Brown, and Josh Thomas. However, he ultimately prevailed, much to the surprise of many.
In his acceptance speech, Neill joked that he thought there had been a mistake. “I haven’t actually thought of anything to say,” he said. “I thought my name was just there to make up the numbers.”
He then went on to thank his fellow cast members and crew, as well as the viewers who voted for him. “I’m very grateful,” he said. “This is a lovely surprise.”
Neill’s win is a testament to his long and distinguished career. He has starred in some of the most iconic films of all time, including Jurassic Park, The Piano, and Event Horizon. His role in The Twelve has been praised by critics and audiences alike, and it is clear that he is still one of the most popular actors in Australia.
This is Neill’s second Logie award, having previously won the award for Most Outstanding Actor in 2005 for his role in the miniseries The Pacific. He is also a two-time Golden Globe nominee.
Neill’s win is a major coup for The Twelve, which is currently in its second season. The show has been a critical and commercial success, and it is now one of the most popular dramas on Australian television.
Neill’s win is also a sign of the changing landscape of the Logies. In recent years, the awards have become more diverse, with more female and minority winners. This is a welcome development, and it is clear that the Logies are becoming more reflective of the changing demographics of Australia.
Neill’s win is a well-deserved recognition of his talent and his contribution to Australian television. He is a true national treasure, and it is fitting that he has been honored with this award.