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Aussie Stars Flock To LA For G'Day USA Gala

January 13, 2013, 9:20 am WHO Magazine whomagazine

Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts celebrate the 10th anniversary of G'day USA

Aussie Stars Flock To LA For G Day USA Gala
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Australia's Hollywood A-list, lead by Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts and Mel Gibson, will tonight join forces in LA to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the G'Day USA festival in what is expected to be the largest-ever gathering of Aussie talent.

Other local stars invited to the black-tie gala, held in the JW Marriott ballroom, include Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, Miranda Kerr, Keith Urban, Toni Collette, Olivia Newton-John, Liam Hemsworth, Simon Baker, Ryan Kwantan and Anthony LaPaglia.

Supermodel Elle Macpherson will co-host the sold-out event with TV presenter Richard Wilkins while singers Jessica Mauboy, Jack Vidgen and David Campbell entertain the 1000-strong crowd. Celebrity chef Curtis Stone is preparing an Aussie-inspired, multi-course dinner.

Every year, the G'Day USA gala honours specific Aussie stars for their contribution to film, TV and music, and tonight Paul Hogan and Rose Byrne will both receive awards.

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Hugh Jackman will present Hogan with an "Australian icon" award for storming Hollywood in 1986 with his film Crocodile Dundee, still Australia's number one grossing film of all-time. Actress Glenn Close will present her Damages co-star Rose Byrne with an Excellence in Film + TV award.

Actor John Travolta will also be honoured as a Goodwill Ambassador for Australia for his tireless support of the G'Day USA events since its inception in 2004.

Past nominees Kidman, Watts, Baker and Gibson and Collette will also be acknowledged as part of the evening's celebration of a decade of G'Day USA.

The gala, hosted by Qantas, is the highlight of the annual multi-city G'Day USA festival, which showcases Australia entertainment, food, wine, tourism and sport to America.

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