I’m still confused as to what the OP’s about…Are you then saying you think Gladiator didn’t deserve its nominations? Fair enough, but having an Australian in the lead role shouldn’t be a problem. There was no evidence of his country of origin in the film that I saw. If Crowe had played Maximus with an Aussie accent, I’d be upset.
Mel Gibson didn’t play William Wallace with an Aussie accent in Braveheart, and that film did well in the eyes of critics, too. Now, I suppose if you had a problem with Gladiator, then I suppose you might have had a problem with Braveheart, too, since they were both violent, blockbuster action movies. I saw Gladiator and I personally don’t think it was good enough to warrant any nominations, let alone 12. But that’s on merit. That objection has nothing to do with an Australian actor playing a role.
So was your initial objection along the lines of “I can’t believe Gladiator got all those nominations! They didn’t have Australians 2,000 years ago!”? As rastahomie said, there certainly were Australians 2,000 years ago - only they were called aborigines.
Clarify your objections, if you please!