Nicole Kidman, an Oscar-winning actress, and producer, will receive the honor of the 49th AFI Life Achievement Award at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on June 10, 2023. The American Film Institute pointed out that she would be the first Australian actor to receive the award.
At the age of 55, Nicole Kidman has made a long career tracing its inception to the early 1980s and has built her stature as a versatile performer. She has worked with ingenious filmmakers like Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Baz Luhrmann, Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Lars von Trier, and Stanley Kubrick.
The chair of the AFI board of trustees, Kathleen Kennedy, said, “Nicole Kidman has enchanted audiences for decades with the daring of her artistry and the glamour of a screen icon.” She continued, “She is a force both brave in her choices and bold in each performance.”
Kidman, a five-time Oscar nominee, won for her performance in The Hours in 2003. Her breakthrough dates back to 1989’s Dead Calm. She also starred in Days of Thunder, Eyes Wide Shut, Moulin Rouge, Dogville, Far and Away, Batman Forever, To Die For, The Others, Cold Mountain, Birth, Rabbit Hole, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Aquaman, Bombshell and The Northman. On television, she was liked for Big Little Lies, Top of the Lake, The Undoing, and Nine Perfect Strangers.
Kidman is one among an elaborate list of AFI Life Achievement Award receivers, including Bette Davis, Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, Gene Kelly, Kirk Douglas, Sidney Poitier, Elizabeth Taylor, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Barbra Streisand, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Morgan Freeman, Jane Fonda, Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, George Clooney, Denzel Washington, and Julie Andrews