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Kidman, Gibson win Aussie Oscars in LA

AAP logoAAP 7/01/2017 Peter Mitchell, AAP US Correspondent

They are nicknamed the Aussie Oscars, so it was no surprise Mel Gibson and Nicole Kidman scored big.

But, the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts international awards ceremony was not an Aussie only affair.

The star-studded event was held at Hollywood's iconic Avalon venue on Friday, so perhaps it was only fair the most Los Angeles-centric film of the year - La La Land - was the big winner.

La La Land won best picture, ahead of Gibson's Sydney shot war film Hacksaw Ridge and Kidman's Tasmania-India drama Lion.

The musical's star Emma Stone also took the best actress trophy and confessed on stage to a love of one Australia's favourite party foods.

"Unfortunately it has been about three years since I was in Australia and I tried fairy bread when I was there which I hear was just for children," Stone told the largely Australian audience.

"But I loved it and am really looking forward to having it again."

Nicole Kidman attends the 6th Annual AACTA International Awards © Provided by AAP Nicole Kidman attends the 6th Annual AACTA International Awards

The AACTA international awards celebrate the best films, performances and filmmakers from around the world and come a month after the Australian ceremony where Hacksaw Ridge dominated with nine wins.

Gibson won best director at the Australian event and doubled up on Friday by beating La La Land's Damien Chazelle, Arrival's Denis Villeneuve, Manchester by the Sea's Kenneth Lonegran and Lion's Garth Davis for the international directing gong.

"I've got two of these now," a clean-shaven Gibson, who had his bushy beard shaved off on a US TV talk show earlier in the week, said on stage as he held the trophy.

"I can put them in a cupboard, a little soft music, candlelight.

"Maybe they'll breed more?

"What do you think?

"I wonder what the gestation period is?"

Kidman won the supporting actress award for Lion, possibly a preview victory to Sunday's Golden Globes where she is a good chance in the same category.

Manchester by the Sea also scored well with Casey Affleck winning best actor and Kenneth Lonegran claiming best screenplay.

Dev Patel won supporting actor for Lion.

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