Nicole Kidman gets an award for making movies better

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Morgan Freeman spoke the words, but pretty much everyone who took the stage at the presentation of the AFI Life Achievement Award agreed: “ Nicole Kidman.
She makes movies better.” The line came in a video parody of Kidman’s AMC Theatres “we make movies better” ad that opened the Saturday night ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
Streep and their “Big Little Lies” co-star Reese Witherspoon both did spot-on, Australian-accented impressions of Kidman that had the audience in stitches.
Streep also drew tears from Kidman when describing what she believed motivated her.
“Nic pushed through every negative voice, I’m sure even some of her own, and she chose love.
And here we are 18 years later.” Kidman said the night was the first time she allowed their teenage daughters to join her on a red carpet.
Kidman also was nominated for Academy Awards for “Moulin Rouge,” “Rabbit Hole,” “Lion,” and “Being the Ricardos,” whose director, Aaron Sorkin, also sang her praises at the ceremony.
Aussies Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Cate Blanchett all gave video tributes to the first from their country to win the award.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nicole Kidman was the recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award, and while Morgan Freeman said it, most of the people who stood on stage agreed. She improves upon movies. “.

The quote was part of a parody video that opened the Saturday night ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, mocking Kidman’s “we make movies better” advertisement for AMC Theatres. In honor of the 56-year-old Australian’s 40-year career, which has included roles in “Moulin Rouge,” “Eyes Wide Shut,” and an Oscar-winning performance in “The Hours,” it garnered a lot of laughter from the multigenerational A-list attendees. “.

Kidman’s co-star from “The Hours,” Meryl Streep, laughed almost as much when she talked about how difficult it is to be “incessantly called the greatest actress of my generation” in a mock-boastful voice. Streep presented Kidman with the Life Achievement Award that she had won herself in 2004. “.

The moment you encounter someone who is “really, really, really, really, really great,” as was the case with Kidman on their first day of work together on the HBO series “Big Little Lies,” is when you realize they accomplished things you couldn’t.

Reese Witherspoon, Streep’s co-star on “Big Little Lies,” and she both gave hilarious impressions of Kidman with an Australian accent that had the audience in stitches.

Kidman started crying as well when Streep talked about what she thought inspired her.

“Actresses who bare everything, take risks, and delve deeply into the darkest aspects of what it means to be human are considered brave,” said Streep. But it’s not bravery, in my opinion. It seems to me to be love. She must really adore it, in my opinion. “.

For the first time that evening, Kidman broke down in tears when her husband, Australian singer Keith Urban, said that she showed him “what love in action really looks like” when his drug abuse issues surfaced almost right away after their 2006 wedding.

Gazing at Kidman, who was sitting on a dais with their two daughters and other family members, Urban remarked, “Four months into our marriage, I’m in rehab for three months.”. Nic chose love by overriding all of the doubters’ voices, including probably some of her own. Now, eighteen years later, here we are. “.

According to Kidman, she let their adolescent daughters accompany her on the red carpet for the first time that evening. Along with her first husband, Tom Cruise, she is also the mother of two children.

The same location where she received her Oscar in 2003 for her performance as Virginia Woolf in “The Hours” served as the setting for her AFI award acceptance. “.

Yorgos Lanthimos, Sydney Pollack, Lars von Trier, Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Sofia Coppola, Stanley Kubrick, and Baz Luhrmann were among the directors she specifically thanked.

Producing films is an honor. Glittering gold gown adorning Kidman’s floor, she exclaimed, “And glorious to have made films and television with these storytellers who allowed me to run wild and be free and play all of these unconventional women.”. “Thank you for improving my skill and providing me with a space in this world, albeit a temporary one. “.

The award was first given out in 1973, and staring Orson Welles, Bette Davis, Alfred Hitchcock, Gene Kelly, Sidney Poitier, Barbara Streisand, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington, and Julie Andrews is the list of past winners. It was announced back in November of 2022 that Kidman would receive it.

The ceremony was supposed to take place in June 2023, but the strikes in Hollywood caused a postponement. On June 17, it will air on TNT.

For the films “Moulin Rouge,” “Rabbit Hole,” “Lion,” and “Being the Ricardos,” Kidman was also nominated for an Academy Award. At the event, Kidman’s director, Aaron Sorkin, sang her praises.

Mike Myers, who appeared on stage wearing one of the eerie orgy masks from “Eyes Wide Shut,” Miles Teller, Zoe Saldana, and Zac Efron were among those paying tribute to her. “.

BMX Bandits and Bush Christmas were two of the Australian movies that Kidman starred in as a teenager. One of Kidman’s old friends, Naomi Watts, told the story of how they first met while waiting two hours in a bathing suit-clad waiting room for an audition. Australians Hugh Jackman, Cate Blanchett, and Russell Crowe all made video homages to the first recipient of the award in their nation.

In a video shown during the ceremony, Kidman stated that she met Cruise when she starred in the 1989 thriller “Dead Calm,” which was the only occasion on Saturday night when his name was mentioned.

Alongside him, she landed her big Hollywood break in the 1990 film “Days of Thunder” (in which they would get married). Later, they starred in Kubrick’s last movie, “Eyes Wide Shut,” in 1999, and in “Far and Away,” in 1992. “.

Though she and Cruise separated in 2001, her fame continued to soar. Still to come were her Oscar and some of her biggest roles.

Her musical cameo in Luhrmann’s 2001 “Moulin Rouge” was the part that was most frequently mentioned as a favorite during the awards ceremony on Saturday night. “.

In an in-person presentation that came after the video parody, Kidman was serenaded by Freeman, the 2011 AFI honoree, with the altered version of the Elton John song she sings in the movie: “How wonderful life is, now you’re in the world.”. “.

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