Nicole Kidman is first Australian to be honoured with AFI Life Achievement Award

"She’s a true screen icon."

Renowned actress Nicole Kidman has been honoured with the esteemed American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to the world of cinema. The award marks a pivotal moment in Kidman’s illustrious career, celebrating her remarkable talents and enduring impact on the film industry.

Kidman, whose career spans decades, has captivated audiences worldwide with her exceptional performances across various genres. From her early breakthrough roles in films such as Dead Calm and Days of Thunder to her critically acclaimed portrayals in Moulin Rouge! and The Hours, Kidman has consistently demonstrated her versatility and dedication to her craft.

“In the long and proud tradition of this award, Nicole embodies the glamour and the romance of Hollywood past. But she also has the daring and the bravery of one of this art form’s great character actors,” said Bob Gazzale, President and CEO of AFI, in an interview with Variety.

“She’s a true screen icon, but she’s also a risk-taker. Each performance is something new and something profound.”

Throughout her career, Kidman has garnered numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, multiple Golden Globe Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award. Beyond her achievements on screen, she has also been recognized for her advocacy work and commitment to various humanitarian causes.

In addition to her remarkable filmography, Kidman’s recent projects continue to showcase her talent and versatility. From her Emmy-winning performance in the acclaimed HBO series Big Little Lies to her transformative role in the hit limited series The Undoing, Kidman continues to challenge herself and push the boundaries of her craft.

Nicole Kidman in hit show, Big Little Lies.

The AFI Life Achievement Award is among the highest honours in the film industry, recognising individuals whose contributions have significantly advanced the art of film. Kidman joins an esteemed list of past recipients, including legends such as Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese; however she’s the first Australian to ever win the award.

The ceremony honouring Nicole Kidman took place on Saturday, April 27 in Hollywood. Colleagues, friends, and fans – including Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Naomi Watts and Reese Witherspoon – came together and celebrated her remarkable career and enduring legacy in cinema.

While walking the red carpet, Nicole spoke to Today‘s Richard Wilkins and said, “When I looked at the list of the honourees, I was like, ‘You’re kidding.’ And to be able to be the 49th on that list is, yeah, probably one of the highest honours I’ve ever received. And to do it as an Australian and the first Australian is pretty amazing. So it’s wonderful. Yeah. And I’m happy to represent Australia and be representing Australia on the world stage like this. And to be able to go, well, I’m an Aussie girl that did okay; did very well.”

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