Nicole Kidman, Jacki Weaver and Geoffrey Rush are over the moon with their Oscar nominations.
The three Australians were expected to receive invites to next month's 83rd Annual Academy Awards, but the trio was relieved to hear their names called out during the nomination ceremony in Beverly Hills.
Kidman received the third best actress nomination of her career for Rabbit Hole, a small budget drama she called her "passion project".
As well as starring in the film as a mother dealing with the death of her young son, Kidman produced the movie and was quick to thank the team that helped make it a reality.
"What an extraordinary journey this film has taken me on," Kidman said.
"Rabbit Hole has been a labour of love and I'm so thankful to (director) John Cameron Mitchell, (screenwriter/playwright) David Lindsay-Abaire and the brilliant cast.
"This nomination reflects all of the heart and soul that these people have put into it and I can't thank them enough."
Toowoomba-born Rush is also a regular visitor to the Oscar ceremony, with his supporting actor nomination for The King's Speech the fourth of his career. He won the best actor Oscar in 1997 for Shine and had supporting nominations for Shakespeare in Love in 1999 and Quills in 2001.
In The King's Speech, which, just like Kidman, he was a main backer of the project and held the title of executive producer, Rush played Lionel Logue, an unorthodox Australian speech therapist who helped King George VI overcome a voice stammer.
"As an Australian, I'm as excited to be recognised and honoured by the Academy as my character must have been when his London speech therapy business flourished when the future King Of England happened to pop by one day," Rush said.
"This story has struck such a rich resonant chord with audiences of all ages, which is very exciting - to have your work honoured by your industry peers is even better."
It will be Weaver's first trip to the Oscars following her supporting actress nomination for the Australian drama Animal Kingdom.
The 63-year-old was holed up in a Los Angeles hotel in the hours after her nomination was announced speaking with US and Australian reporters in the hope of generating more buzz ahead of the February 27 Academy Awards.
The fact Animal Kingdom is a little known Australian film, it has made just over $US1 million ($A1.0 million) in the North America since opening in August, means Weaver will be on the hustings in an attempt to secure Academy votes.
An interview Weaver was having with the Los Angeles Times was interrupted by a congratulatory call from Animal Kingdom's ecstatic director, David Michod, who was in Australia.
"It's about two in the morning in Australia. He's mental!" Weaver told the LA Times.
Weaver had been inundated with well-wishers in Australia before she flew to the US a fortnight ago to campaign for the Oscar nomination and attend other awards ceremonies, including the Golden Globes. She admitted to being worried that if she didn't score an Oscar nod she would disappoint her Australian supporters.
"I'm just so relieved," Weaver told the LA Times.
"Everyone in Australia would have been so disappointed if I hadn't been nominated.
"I'm so thrilled. I'm also so glad for David. I'm probably more thrilled for David than I am for myself.
"He's such a clever young filmmaker on the brink of a terrific career. I feel honoured. It's so unexpected at this stage in my career."
Joining Kidman, Weaver and Rush at the Oscar ceremony are nominees Iain Canning and Emile Sherman for producing best picture nominee The King's Speech, animated short film director Shaun Tan for The Lost Thing and visual effects wizard Ben Snow for Iron Man 2.