Nicole Kidman to make history as first Australian actor to receive AFI Life Achievement Award

Powerhouse Nicole Kidman is set to make history as the first Australian actor to ever receive an American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Award.

The AFI’s Board of Trustees announced on Tuesday that Kidman, 55, will be presented with the “highest honour for a career in film” at a tribute ceremony next year.

Kidman, who is consistently ranked amongst the world’s highest-paid actresses, will receive the award on June 10, 2023 at a gala tribute in Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre, becoming the 49th person to ever be awarded the honour – and the first Australian.

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“Nicole Kidman has enchanted audiences for decades with the daring of her artistry and the glamour of a screen icon,” chair of the AFI’s Board of Trustees Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement released earlier this week.

“She is a force both brave in her choices and bold in each performance,” Kennedy continued. “AFI is honoured to present her with the 49th AFI Life Achievement Award.”

Taking to her Instagram Story this morning, Kidman wrote of her award: “What an honour! Thank you to the [American Film Institute] and to all who have been a part of this journey. Looking forward to seeing you in June.”

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This is not the first honour Kidman has received, though it is the first to acknowledge all of her accomplishments across her almost four decades-long career.

The Moulin Rouge star has been nominated for five Academy Awards – and she won Best Actress at the Oscars in 2003 for The Hours – and has also nabbed a BAFTA Award, two Emmy Awards and six Golden Gloves.

She has over 90 acting credits to her name, which include her upcoming roles in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, and Holland, Michigan.

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