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Mel Gibson caught in awkward red carpet interview

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Australia's "Seven" reporter Edwina Bartholomew endured a couple of particularly awkward moments during her hosting duties on the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards red carpet.

Greeting the night’s biggest winner, Mel Gibson, as soon as he arrived on the red carpet, Bartholomew seemed to catch the Hollywood star off guard — and the results were slightly painful.

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“Mel Gibson, welcome to the AACTAs red carpet! Edwina, pleasure to see you,” she greeted the Hacksaw Ridge director.

“Who are you?” he shot back. Bartholomew, apparently mishearing his question, replied that she was “very very well — but how are you, more to the point? You’re the man of the evening!”

“No, I’m good. WHO are you?” he asked again.

“I’m Edwina.”

“Edwina. Have we met before?”

Bartholomew gamely tried to salvage the chat from that awkward start, asking Gibson how he was feeling about his 13 nominations for "Hacksaw Ridge."

“Is there one [award] you’re particularly nervous about — Best Picture, Best Director?” she asked.

“Oh yeah, my knees are knocking,” he replied dryly.

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