Miley Cyrus cheekily flashed her wedding ring and heckled new husband Liam Hemsworth and Jamie Lee Curtis delivered an emotional tribute to Australian singing great Helen Reddy at a star-studded G’Day USA gala in Los Angeles.
Australian wine flowed and celebrity chef Curtis Stone served up lamb loin and dukkah crusted toothfish to more than 600 guests including Paul Hogan, John Travolta, Isla Fisher, Sacha Baron Cohen and members of rock group 5 Seconds of Summer.
Australian trio Hemsworth, Reddy and Emmy Award-winning Game of Thrones production designer Deborah Riley were honoured at the event.
“That was embarrassing,” Melbourne-born Hemsworth, accepting his award after watching a montage of clips from his films including The Hunger Games and The Dressmaker, told the audience.
Hemsworth’s co-star in the upcoming crime-thriller Arkansas, Vince Vaughn, playfully criticised Hemsworth and Cyrus for not inviting him to their secret pre-Christmas wedding in Nashville.
Cyrus, the former Disney star turned chart topper who was sitting in the audience, responded by raising her wedding ring finger at Vaughn.
“Thank you to my beautiful wife,” Hemsworth, during his speech, told Cyrus.
“You are a sweet, sweet angel.”
When Hemsworth moved on to thank his parents Cyrus shouted out: “Speak more about me.”
Tears flowed when Curtis presented 77-year-old Reddy with her award.
Curtis told how last year she was among 750,000 people at the Women’s March in downtown LA when she heard a voice say: “Hi, it’s Helen Reddy”.
“That doesn’t happen to me everyday,” Curtis said.
Curtis told how she persuaded Reddy to sing the Australian’s 1972 hit I Am Woman to the massive Women’s March crowd.
The song has become an anthem for the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.
“The woman who told the truth before all of us is here tonight,” Curtis said before Reddy was brought on stage.
The G’Day gala is an annual event staged by the Australian government, Qantas and other leading Australian companies to promote Australia in the US.