G’Day USA Hosts Rachel Griffiths and Jonathan LaPaglia honored prominent Australians Margot Robbie, Bruna Papandrea, Heath Ledger and John Farrar for their individual contributions to the US-Australia relationship at the 2018 G’Day USA Los Angeles Gala, at the Wilshire Grand Ballroom at the Intercontinental Hotel Downtown.

Other presenters, performers and celebrities in attendance included Colin Farrell, Isla Fisher, Amy Adams, Chef Curtis Stone, Rebel Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ruby Rose, Emilie de Ravin, Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Jacki Weaver, Luke Hemsworth, Buzz Aldrin, Daniel MacPherson, Phillip Noyce, Paul Hogan, Hugh Sheridan, Kym Johnson, and many more.

Some highlights from the evening:

  • Olivia Newton John singing with Delta Goodrem and Human Nature for a tribute to the 40th anniversary of Grease.
  • Isla Fisher honoring Bruna Papandrea, joking that nobody knew who Bruna was because Reese and Nicole never share the microphone…and, begging to be cast in Big Little Lies 2.
  • Margot Robbie on being a proud Aussie, and how audacity and good luck have helped her achieve her dreams.
  • Rebel Wilson rapping with Hugh Sheridan.
  • Curtis Stone joking about how the only time he’s seen his wife Lindsay Price today, was on the red carpet, because he’s been in the kitchen cooking since the wee hours of the morning.
  • Colin Farrell joking about how Australia as a continent knows how to celebrate much better than Ireland does as an island.

G’Day USA is Australia’s premier public and economic diplomacy program in the United States.  Produced by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Austrade, Tourism Australia and Qantas Airways, G’Day USA was first launched in 2004 and has since grown to be one of the largest public diplomacy programs run by any country in the United States. The G’Day USA LA Black Tie Gala is the most anticipated annual Australian event in the United States.  Past honorees include Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Simon Baker, Olivia Newton-John, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Kylie Minogue, Mel Gibson, Abbie Cornish, Eric Bana, Paul Hogan, Rose Byrne, John Travolta, Toni Collette, Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths, Steve Irwin, Anthony LaPaglia, Philip Noyce, INXS, Barry Gibb, Keith Urban, Air Supply, Greg Norman, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Dr. George Miller, Joel Edgerton, Luc Longley, Catherine Martin, David Hill and Ben Mendelsohn. www.gdayusa.org.

Melissa was a guest of qantas for the GDay LA event.