Aussies to fete 3 at G’Day L.A.

Oz actors honored in the City of Angels

Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban will be honored Jan. 15 at the Penfolds Gala Dinner, the headline event of the second annual G’Day L.A.: Australia Week in Los Angeles.

Event, which runs Jan. 15-23, showcases all things Australian — film, business, food and wine, travel, arts, culture and fashion — at a series of events across Los Angeles.

Australian consul general John Olsen said all three honorees personified the achievements Australia Week was designed to celebrate.

“Mel Gibson’s achievements are virtually unparalleled in his field,” he said. “He is a product of both Australia and America, and his career reflects the influence of both his home countries.

“Nicole Kidman’s creativity, talent and elegance have made her one of the world’s most successful and popular actors,” he continued.

Olsen said Keith Urban, the multiplatinum recording star, proved an Aussie country boy can reach the top in one of the most competitive music markets in the world — American country music.

Last year’s Penfolds Gala Dinner honored Cate Blanchett, Anthony LaPaglia and Baz Luhrmann.

Event is produced through a partnership between the Australian Consulate in Los Angeles, the Dept. of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Tourism Australia, AusTrade and Qantas Airways.

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