Thunder from Down Under
January 18, 2005

Aussie star power took over Los Angeles Monday night for the kick off of Australian Week 2005, as celebrities gathered to honor Nicole Kidman, Mel Gibson and country sensation Keith Urban.

"I don't even feel like it's me being honored," Kidman admitted. "It's more like it's we get together and, I suppose, just celebrate our country, in a way, which is rare, we usually don't do it. So it's nice to all get in the room together."

"I was fortunate enough to grow up there and take a lot from the place and bring it here," Gibson added.

And the Penfolds Celebrity Gala, which pays tribute to the best from Down Under, was a real family affair for Nicole. "I've got my sister and brother-in-law here tonight. My mum is still back in Australia. It's nice, they sort of switch off."

But those weren't the only star sightings -- former "Alias" vixen Melissa George, singer Olivia Newton John, "Nip/Tuck's" Julian McMahon and Yankee guests James Garner and Keith Carradine also attended.

"We're here for Mel; we're here to cheer him on," Carradine told us.

And we didn't leave the big event without receiving some big screen gossip from Gibson. The actor revealed to "Extra" that he and Nicole might team up together on screen for the first time.

"I was talking to her about something years ago and it didn't come off, but you know I am certainly of her beauty and her talents," Mel revealed. "So, one of these days."

He also admitted the one thing he missed about Australia: "I think boozy Saturday afternoons in the pub on Coodgy Beach!"


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