Oscar Actors: Kidman, Nicole (Moulin Rouge, The Hours, Lion)

A vastly accomplished actress in all mediums, Nicole Kidman was Oscar nominated for the fourth time–and first time as Supporting Actress, for Lion, in which she plays the surrogate mother.

A movie star, partly based on her extraordinary beauty, as well as a serious dramatic actress, Kidman has taken major creative risks in both American and foreign-made pictures.

Known for her ability to play strong emotionally intense women, she is proud of having a career that defies Hollywood logic, applying her box-office clout and star power to bold indie and foreign projects (“Birth,””Dogville,” “Destroyer”), made by energetic directors, male and female.

She has famously repeated that “I choose projects strictly based on instinct and challenge.”

Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman first came to the attention of American audiences with her critically acclaimed performance in Phillip Noyce’s riveting 1989 Australian psychological thriller Dead Calm. Kidman has since become an internationally-recognized, award-winning actress known for her range and versatility.

In 2001, Kidman was honored with her first Oscar nomination for her performance in Baz Luhrmann’s innovative musical, Moulin Rouge! For that role, and her performance in writer/director Alejandro Amenabar’s psychological thriller, The Others, she received dual 2002 Golden Globe nominations, winning for Best Actress in a Musical.

In 2002, Kidman won an Oscar Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA and a Berlin Silver Bear for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry’s The Hours.

In 2010, Kidman starred opposite Aaron Eckhart in Rabbit Hole, for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Actress. The film was developed by Kidman’s production company, Blossom Films.

In October 2012, Kidman starred in Lee Daniel’s The Paperboy with Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron and John Cusack. Her performance earned her an AACTA, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nomination.

In 2014, Kidman was seen in Grace of Monaco, which earned her a SAG nomination.

She was recently seen in The Secret in Their Eyes with Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Kidman’s recent films include The Family Fang with Jason Bateman, which she also produces, Genius alongside Colin Firth and How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

She also features in the second season of Jane Campion’s acclaimed TV series Top of The Lake, produced by See-Saw Films.

Also in television, Kidman was seen staring in HBO’s Hemingway and Gellhorn alongside Clive Owen in 2012.  Her portrayal as Martha Gellhorn earned her Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe nominations.

Kidman returned to the small screen in the limited series Big Little Lies alongside Reese Witherspoon for HBO. Kidman’s Blossom Films and Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard will produce the project.

In theater, Kidman made a highly-lauded London stage debut in the fall of 1998, starring with Iain Glenn in “The Blue Room,” David Hare’s modern adaptation of Schnitzler’s “La Ronde.”

For her performance Kidman won London’s Evening Standard Award and was nominated in the Best Actress category for a Laurence Olivier Award.

Kidman also appeared on the West End stage in Anna Ziegler’s “Photograph 51,” for which she received a London’s Evening Standard Award.

In 2006, Kidman was awarded Australia’s highest honor, the Companion in the Order of Australia. She was also named, and continues to serve, as Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, UN Women, whose goals are to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality, to raise awareness of the infringement on women’s human rights around the world and to end violence against women.

Along with her husband, Keith Urban, she has helped raise millions over the years for the Women’s Cancer Program which is a world-renowned center for research into the causes, treatment, prevention, and eventual cure of women’s cancer.