G'Day USA Gala 2016
The 2016 G’Day USA Gala – the most anticipated annual Australian event in the United States - was presented by Qantas and held on January 28 in Los Angeles.
For the 2016 Gala, G’Day USA honored Dr George Miller with a G’Day USA Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the screenwriter, director and producer’s outstanding contribution to Australian creative arts sector and acclaimed global success, including through the Mad Max franchise. Joel Edgerton was also honored with the G’Day USA Excellence in Film Award in recognition of his critical success as a writer, actor and director, including most recently with his film “the Gift”. Presenters and performing talent for the evening included Seal, Harrison Craig, Hayley Warner, and Qantas Ambassador and multi-award winning actor Hugh Jackman. Australian actress and musician Toni Collette and Australian actress and director Rachel Griffiths shared hosting duties for the evening, along with MC for the evening Australian television personality Richard Wilkins. The evening also featured remarks by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon Julie Bishop MP on Australia’s excellence in film, creative economy, world-class food & beverage and Australia’s economic diplomacy agenda in the United States.