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Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington. Picture: Getty Images

Hollywood royalty has mixed with TV starlets as the luminaries of Australian film and TV walked the red carpet at the AACTA Awards in Sydney.

Geoffrey Rush and Cate Blanchett, in Givenchy, were as regal as ever while Bindi Irwin arrived looking grown up in a black and white floral dress but declared "I prefer wearing khaki".

Some of Australia's best-loved figures of the big and small screen, including Jack Thompson, Claudia Karvan and The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann, strode the red carpet where the look was largely understated and elegant but with touches of bling and plenty of plunging necklines.

Rove McManus and his wife Tasma Walton, up for a best actress gong, were without their six-week-old daughter Ruby.

Walton said it was tough leaving Ruby but the Mystery Road actress looked glamorous in a strapless sequined black gown by West Australian designer Ruth Tarvydas that she said she'd grabbed from out of her sister's wardrobe.

Sam Worthington, wearing Louis Vuitton, arrived with Lara Bingle on his arm, who was dressed in a black Ellery frock set off by bold red lips.

Delta Goodrem and Geoffrey Rush. Picture: Getty Images

Jacki Weaver, who will be awarded the Raymond Longford award on Thursday night, wore a demure, long red lace number by Tadashi Shoji.

"Somebody just told me I'm the first actress to receive it, so I'm a little bit overwhelmed," she said.

Sarah Snook from Packed to the Rafters opted for a plunging black YB J'aime and green Jan Logan jewels, and Gracie Otto arrived in a short Dolce and Gabbana dress with long flared sleeves.

Cate Blanchett. Picture: Getty Images

Delta Goodrem opted for a striking slinky high-neck cerise Michael Costello gown with a cut-out back.

"I was going to wear black, but I thought 'no', I'd prefer this colour," she said.

Luhrmann, who came with wife Catherine Martin, said the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards were about recognition.

Lara Bingle and Sam Worthington. Picture: Getty Images

"I know it sounds crap, but winning and losing . . . art is not a horse race, it's not who's across the line," he said.

"These awards are about throwing light on a bunch of films."

The West Australian

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