It’s a weekend of career accolades for Isla – she’s going to receive an award for Excellence in the Arts from G’Day USA and the American Australian Association! Congratulations Isla!
Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Isla Fisher to Be Honored at Joint G’Day USA and AAA Gala
Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Isla Fisher have a date June 11 with G’Day USA and the American Australian Association.
They will be feted in Los Angeles during a joint event for G’Day USA, Australia’s public, economic and cultural diplomacy program in the United States, and the American Australian Association, a privately-funded nonprofit dedicated to “broadening, strengthening and developing ties across the Pacific through its business, innovation, education, veterans and arts programs.”
Grazer and Howard, longtime creative partners through their Imagine Entertainment, will receive the Innovation in Entertainment Award, a trophy meant to recognize their impact on the Australian film industry through mentorship, local productions shot and produced in the country, and the hiring of Australian talent.
Fisher, who moved to Australia as a child, is confirmed to receive the Excellence in the Arts Award for “outstanding performances in film and television projects including Wedding Crashers, Arrested Development, Wolf Like Me and Nocturnal Animals,” per the org.
The three share a program with Australian record producer, songwriter and composer Tushar Apte who will be honored with a Rising Star Award. He has collaborated with artists like Chris Brown, Demi Lovato, Nicki Minaj, BTS, Blackpink and Noah Cyrus. Electronic music duo Electric Fields, Australian country music star Morgan Evans and Indigenous singer-songwriter and AAA Arts scholar Jess Hitchcock are also confirmed to appear at the event.
Funds raised from the event support the American Australian Association and its art fund. This year’s in-person gala follows last year’s virtual event amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Off the back of the success of the 2021 G’Day AAA Arts Gala, a virtual gala that celebrated the diverse contributions made by Australians in advancing and strengthening the friendship between our two great countries through the arts, G’Day USA and the American Australian Association look forward to bringing this event back to life in Los Angeles in June, 2022.
The event provides a unique and intimate opportunity to cultivate this community by bringing together notable Americans and Australians to celebrate the exceptional contribution to the arts made by the 2022 Honorees. The Gala will deliver high-profile performances, presenters, a star-studded red-carpet for a night that cannot be missed.
Isla Fisher – Excellence in the Arts Award
Isla Fisher has 36 years of film and TV experience. Born in the Middle Eastern country of Oman, Fisher’s family moved to Perth, Western Australia when she was a young girl. At the age of nine, Fisher was already appearing in commercials broadcast on Australian television. She then became best known for her role as ‘Shannon Reed’ in the popular soap, Home & Away. Fisher’s Hollywood breakthrough came with her critically-acclaimed performance as Vince Vaughn’s off-kilter love interest in the blockbuster, The Wedding Crashers. Other credits include: Gore Verbinski’s award-winning animated feature, Rango, with Johnny Depp, Baz Lurmann’s The Great Gatsby, Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, the romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe, with co-star Ryan Reynolds, Now You See Me, opposite Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson, Hot Rod, with Andy Samberg, The Brothers Grimsby alongside her husband, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rebel Wilson and Penelope Cruz, and more recently, Blithe Spirit, with Judi Dench, Dan Stevens and Leslie Mann. Fisher also studied the earliest form of theatrical comedy, Commedia dell’arte at the renowned L’école Jacques Lecoq performance school in Paris. In June 2016, she made her debut as a best-selling children’s author with the ‘Marge in Charge’ book series. She has just wrapped Strays, staring alongside Will Ferrell and Jamie Foxx and is heading back to Australia later this year to shoot the second season of the series, Wolf Like Me, directed by Abe Forsythe and co-starring Josh Gad, for Stan Australia and Peacock.