30 APRIL 2003

When attending glitzy show biz events in recent months, Australian beauty Nicole Kidman usually strolled up the red carpet in the company of her sister Antonia. But at the Goddess bash in New York on Monday, the Gucci-clad star made her way up the venue's grand staircase hand in hand with a handsome new escort – best actor Oscar winner Adrien Brody.

The two apparently met the night they both took home Academy Awards, and hit it off so well that the star of The Pianist asked Nicole for her number during the post-ceremony ball. She said yes, and handed over the digits to her mobile.

On Monday night, when one NYC columnist said to the Moulin Rouge star: "I see Adrien got around to using the phone number you gave him on the night he won the Oscar along with you!", Nicole confessed: "No, I called him!"

Famous for getting red carpet jitters, statuesque Nicole said she rang her new friend to ask if he'd accompany her to the bash. "He was very sweet," she said, "and he said he would come with me."

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The statuesque Aussie stepped out with the star of The Pianist on Monday night in New York
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Nicole and Adrien hit it off at this year's Oscars - the Moulin Rouge star handed over her phone number during the after show party Photo: © AFP
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