Nicole Kidman receives AFI Life Achievement Award

Nicole Kidman, a queen of the big and small screen and the unofficial spokesperson for AMC Theaters, is being honored with AFI’s Life Achievement Award.

The award will be presented to Kidman on June 10 at a gala tribute at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. She is the 49th person and the first Australian to receive this honour.

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“Nicole Kidman has captivated audiences for decades with the boldness of her artistry and the glamor of a movie icon,” said Kathleen Kennedy, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. “She is a force that is both courageous in her choices and courageous in every performance. AFI is honored to present her with the 49th AFI Life Achievement Award.”

The 55-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best actors of her generation. She is a decorated performer, winning an Oscar for ‘The Hours’ and earning nominations for ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘Rabbit Hole’, ‘Lion’ and ‘Being the Ricardos’. Kidman also has two Emmys for “Big Little Lies” and a Golden Globe nomination for “The Undoing.” Her other notable movie roles include ‘Eyes Wide Shut’, ‘Dogville’, ‘Australia’ and the beloved family adventure ‘Paddington’.

Over the course of her career, she transitioned seamlessly between indies and blockbusters as she collaborated with acclaimed filmmakers such as Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Baz Luhrmann, Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Lars von Trier and Stanley Kubrick.

In theatre, Kidman made her stage debut in London in 1998 in the production of “The Blue Room” with Iain Glen, a modern adaptation of Schnitzler’s “La Ronde”. For her performance, Kidman won the London Evening Standard Award and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. In 2015, Kidman returned to the West End stage in Anna Ziegler’s “Photograph 51”.

More recently, she appeared in director Robert Eggers’ Viking drama “The Northman” and the HBO miniseries “Nine Perfect Strangers.” She’s also immortalized in the now-famous AMC Theaters ad that waxes poetic about the “magic” of the movies and that “indescribable feeling we get when the lights start to dim and we go somewhere we’ve never been before” . Come on, you know the rest… “Somehow heartbreak feels good in a place like this.”

In addition to her screen work, Kidman is passionate about humanitarian efforts. She has been a goodwill ambassador for UN women for nearly two decades. And with her husband, Keith Urban, she has helped raise millions for the Stanford Women’s Cancer Program, which researches the causes, treatment, prevention and eventual cure of cancer in women.

The list of presenters has not been revealed, although event organizers are gathering A-list friends and associates to help toast the night’s guest of honour. Carol Burnett, Cynthia Erivo and Steve Carell helped with rhapsodies about the magic of this year’s honoree Julie Andrews, while in 2019 Julia Roberts, Chadwick Boseman and Jamie Foxx spoke about the charm of Denzel Washington.

Other honorees included George Clooney, John Williams, Jane Fonda and Mel Brooks. John Ford was the first recipient of the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, established in 1973.

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