Nicole Kidman has a significant date in 2023 marked on her calendar.
The Oscar-winning actress and producer has been chosen to receive the 49th AFI Life Achievement Award on June 10 at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. The American Film Institute noted in its announcement that she is the first Australian actor to receive the honour.
Kidman, 55, has had a long career as a versatile performer who has long gravitated toward working for visionary directors such as Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Baz Luhrmann, Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Lars von Trier, and Stanley Kubrick.
In confirming today’s news, Kathleen Kennedy, chair of the AFI board of trustees, mentioned Kidman’s choices. “Nicole Kidman has enchanted audiences for decades with her artistry’s daring and the glamour of a screen icon,” Kennedy said. “She is a force in both her choices and her performances.”
Kidman, a five-time Oscar nominee, won in 2003 for her performance as Virginia Woolf in The Hours. Following her breakthrough performance in Dead Calm in 1989, Kidman went on to star 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.
She will next be seen in Expats, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Lioness, and Holland, Michigan.
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 are among those who have received the AFI Life Achievement Award.