Nicole Kidman To Receive 49th AFI Life Achievement Award
Nicole Kidman (photo by Ruven Afandor/Corbis)
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Nicole Kidman will be the recipient of the 49th American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Award, celebrating her career achievements thus far. The award will be presented to Kidman at a Gala Tribute at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 10, 2023. She is the first Australian actor to receive this honor.

“Nicole Kidman has enchanted audiences for decades with the daring of her artistry and the glamour of a screen icon,” said Kathleen Kennedy, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. “She is a force both brave in her choices and bold in each performance. AFI is honored to present her with the 49th AFI Life Achievement Award.”

Both a powerhouse performer, movie star and accomplished producer, Kidman has captured the imaginations of audiences around the world throughout her prolific career, delivering complex and versatile performances onscreen. Seamlessly moving between independent and studio films, Kidman has earned a reputation for her extraordinary talent, commitment to her craft and desire to work with auteur filmmakers including Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Baz Luhrmann, Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Lars von Trier and Stanley Kubrick.

A five-time Academy Award® nominee, Kidman took a wonderfully restrained and transformational turn as Virginia Woolf in The Hours, which earned her the Oscar® for Best Actress in 2003. Following her stunning breakthrough performance in 1989’s Dead Calm, Kidman has captivated global audiences, from her daring performance as Alice Harford in Eyes Wide Shut and enchanting Satine in Moulin Rouge!, to her raw turn as Grace Margaret Mulligan in Dogville and her enthralling portrayal of Lucille Ball in Being The Ricardos. Throughout her distinguished career, Kidman has won a BAFTA Award, two Emmys® and six Golden Globes--and is widely regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation. She co-founded her production company Blossom Films in 2010.

Across film and television, she has delivered remarkably nuanced performances characterized by their unflinching courage, vulnerability and tenacity, with additional acting credits including: Days of Thunder (1990), Far and Away (1992), Batman Forever (1995), To Die For (1995), The Portrait of a Lady (1996), Practical Magic (1998), The Others (2001), The Human Stain (2003), Cold Mountain (2003), Birth (2004), The Interpreter (2005), Australia (2008), Nine (2009),  Rabbit Hole (2010), The Paperboy (2012), Stoker (2013), Paddington (2014), Queen of the Desert (2015), Lion (2016), The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017), The Beguiled (2017), The Upside (2017), Boy Erased (2018), Destroyer (2018), Aquaman (2018), Bombshell (2019) and The Northman (2022). She has also starred in and produced multiple critically acclaimed television programs, including Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012), Big Little Lies (2017-2019), Top of the Lake (2017), The Undoing (2020), and Nine Perfect Strangers (2021).

In theater, Kidman made a highly lauded London stage debut in the fall of 1998, starring with Iain Glen 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. In 2015, Kidman was seen on the West End stage in Anna Ziegler’s “Photograph 51,” for which she received a London’s Evening Standard Award.

In January of 2006, Kidman was awarded Australia’s highest honor, the Companion of the Order of Australia. She was also awarded the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear award for her performance in The Hours. In 2017, the Cannes Film Festival honored Kidman with the 70th Anniversary Prize for her body of work and longstanding history with the festival. She is one of only eight people to ever receive this honor.

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

Kidman’s many upcoming projects include Lulu Wang’s Expats for Amazon, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom for Warner Brothers, Lioness for Paramount+, and Holland, Michigan for Amazon.

AFI Life Achievement Award Recipients
The 49th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoree joins an esteemed group of individuals who have been chosen for this distinguished honor since its inception.

  • 1973   John Ford
  • 1974   James Cagney
  • 1975   Orson Welles
  • 1976   William Wyler
  • 1977   Bette Davis
  • 1978   Henry Fonda
  • 1979   Alfred Hitchcock
  • 1980   James Stewart
  • 1981   Fred Astaire
  • 1982   Frank Capra
  • 1983   John Huston
  • 1984   Lillian Gish
  • 1985   Gene Kelly
  • 1986   Billy Wilder
  • 1987   Barbara Stanwyck
  • 1988   Jack Lemmon
  • 1989   Gregory Peck
  • 1990   David Lean
  • 1991   Kirk Douglas
  • 1992   Sidney Poitier
  • 1993   Elizabeth Taylor
  • 1994   Jack Nicholson
  • 1995   Steven Spielberg
  • 1996   Clint Eastwood
  • 1997   Martin Scorsese
  • 1998   Robert Wise
  • 1999   Dustin Hoffman
  • 2000   Harrison Ford
  • 2001   Barbra Streisand
  • 2002   Tom Hanks
  • 2003   Robert De Niro
  • 2004   Meryl Streep
  • 2005   George Lucas
  • 2006   Sean Connery
  • 2007   Al Pacino
  • 2008   Warren Beatty
  • 2009   Michael Douglas
  • 2010   Mike Nichols
  • 2011   Morgan Freeman
  • 2012   Shirley MacLaine
  • 2013   Mel Brooks
  • 2014   Jane Fonda
  • 2015   Steve Martin
  • 2016   John Williams
  • 2017   Diane Keaton
  • 2018   George Clooney
  • 2019   Denzel Washington
  • 2022   Julie Andrews


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