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The Museum of Modern Art’s department of film held its first annual gala Monday night, which honored Baz Lurhmann and was sponsored by Louis Vuitton and Vogue. Scores of the director’s Aussie compatriots came out in support, including honorary chairman Hugh Jackman, Rupert Murdoch, Jacinda Barrett and Rose Byrne.

“I go home every so often,” said Byrne. “I just shot a movie in Melbourne but I had to do an American accent because it is set in Boston. That was a bit weird.”

Nicole Kidman, Jackman’s co-star in Lurhmann’s upcoming epic “Australia,” was busy receiving an award from Glamour magazine across town, and the director used her absence for a little ribbing. Her character Lady Sarah Ashley, Lurhmann said, “is very highly strung. I don’t know how Nicole Kidman got that role. She dug down very deep.

After viewing a few select scenes, guests including Jessica Biel, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, Antoine Arnault, Rachel Weisz, Elisabeth Moss, Joy Bryant, Miuccia Prada, Carolina Herrera, Lee Radziwill, Francisco Costa, Marie Josee-Kravis, Francesco Vezzoli and Donald Trump filed into the museum for a speedy dinner and quick two-song set by Elton John, who composed the theme song for the movie. Then it was back to the editing room for Lurhmann, who isn’t yet finished with the film. It hits theaters in less than two weeks.

For complete coverage, see Wednesday’s issue of WWD.

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