94th DCAT Annual Dinner Speaker: Nicole Kidman
Academy Award-winning actress
Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and Emmy Award winner Nicole Kidman first came to the attention of American audiences with her critically acclaimed performance in Phillip Noyce’s riveting 1989 Australian psychological thriller DEAD CALM. Kidman has since become an internationally recognized, award-winning actress and producer known for her range and versatility.
In 2003, Kidman won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry’s THE HOURS, for which she also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award. She has also been honored with Academy Award nominations for her performances in Baz Luhrmann’s innovative musical, MOULIN ROUGE!, John Cameron Mitchell’s RABBIT HOLE, and Garth Davis’ LION. Kidman also served as a producer on RABBIT HOLE, the first feature film produced under her production company, Blossom Films.
Kidman took home her first Golden Globe for her performance in Gus Van Sant’s TO DIE FOR. Her next Golden Globe came in 2002 when she was nominated for both Best Actress in a Musical for MOULIN ROUGE! and Best Actress in a Drama for Alejandro Amenabar’s psychological thriller, THE OTHERS, winning for Best Actress in a Musical. She has also received Golden Globe nominations for the films BILLY BATHGATE, COLD MOUNTAIN, BIRTH, RABBIT HOLE, THE PAPERBOY, LION, and DESTROYER.
Her other feature credits include EYES WIDE SHUT, NINE, KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, BEGUILED, BOY ERASED, and AQUAMAN. She was recently seen in Jay Roach’s BOMBSHELL opposite Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie, and starring as Angie Dickinson in Ryan Murphy's Netflix adaptation of the hit-Broadway musical THE PROM, alongside Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, and James Corden. Kidman’s next film, Aaron Sorkin’s BEING THE RICARDOS, in which she portrays Lucille Ball opposite Javier Bardem’s Desi Arnaz, will be released in theaters on December 10th, and worldwide on Prime Video on December 21st. In late 2020, Kidman wrapped production on Robert Eggers’ THE NORTHMAN.
In television, Kidman starred in HBO’s HEMINGWAY AND GELLHORN alongside Clive Owen in 2012 (Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominations). In 2017, Kidman returned to the small screen with the limited series BIG LITTLE LIES alongside Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz, and Shailene Woodley for HBO, co-executive produced by Blossom Films. Kidman received Emmy, Golden Globe, Critics Choice and Screen Actors Guild awards for her portrayal of Celeste. BIG LITTLE LIES also received an Emmy Award, Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award for Outstanding Limited Series. The second season of the series premiered in June 2019.
In 2021, Nicole was nominated for a Golden Globe and SAG Award for Best Actress in a Limited Series for her role in HBO’s THE UNDOING opposite Hugh Grant, where she also received recognition for her role as an executive producer on the series along with her Blossom Films, nominated for a PGA Award in the category Outstanding Producer of a Limited Series. The series made HBO history as the first Original Series to grow viewership consistently week after week over the course of its season. Her latest limited series, NINE PERFECT STRANGERS, on which she also served as co-executive producer along with her Blossom Films, was released in the US on Hulu and internationally on Prime Video this fall.
In theater, Kidman made a highly-lauded London stage debut in the fall of 1998, starring with Iain Glen in THE BLUE ROOM, David Hare’s modern adaptation of Schnitzler’s LA RONDE. For her performance, Kidman won London’s Evening Standard Award and was nominated in the Best Actress category for a Laurence Olivier Award. In 2015, Kidman was seen on the West End stage in Anna Ziegler’s PHOTOGRAPH 51, for which she received a London’s Evening Standard Award.
In January of 2006, Kidman was awarded Australia’s highest honor, the Companion in the Order of Australia. She was also named, and continues to serve, as Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, UN Women. Along with her husband, Keith Urban, she has helped raise millions over the years for the Women’s Cancer Program which is a world-renowned center for research into the causes, treatment, prevention, and eventual cure of women’s cancer. In 2017, the Cannes Film Festival honored Kidman with a special award for her body of work and longstanding history with the festival. She is one of only eight people to ever receive this honor in the 70-year history of the festival.
Kidman announced her partnership with SeraLabs in December of 2020. She joins the brand as a strategic business partner and global brand ambassador. She will be working on the brand’s Seratopical line – a line of topical CBD products that support anti-aging as well as hydrating skin and relieving pain.
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