Nicole Kidman makes history as the first Australian to win American Film Institute prize

Nicole Kidman to make history as first Australian actor to receive the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award

Homegrown Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman will receive a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute next year.

The 55-year-old star, who was raised in Sydney, will be the first Australian to be awarded the prize.

Previous recipients include legendary heavyweights in world cinema like Jane Fonda, George Clooney, Robert de Niro, Al Pacino and Meryl Streep.

Homegrown Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman will receive a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute next year Pictured: Nicole on the red carpet in 2020

Homegrown Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman will receive a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute next year Pictured: Nicole on the red carpet in 2020

The prize will be presented to the The Hours Oscar winner on June 10 in a star-studded special ceremony in Los Angeles reports Variety.

Awarded by the AFI Board of Trustees, the Institute’s prize, next to an Oscar, is amongst filmdom’s highest honours.

Announcing the news to her stories on Thursday, Nicole posted a glamorous picture with the caption: ‘What an honour! Thank you to the American Film Institute.

Nicole announces her amazing honour on her social media Thursday (pictured)

Nicole announces her amazing honour on her social media Thursday (pictured)

‘And to all who have been a part of this journey,’ she continued. 

‘Looking forward to seeing you in June.’

The AFI’s chair, film producer Kathleen Kennedy, gushed with praise for Nicole in making the official announcement.

‘Nicole Kidman has enchanted for decades with her daring artistry and the glamour of a screen icon,’ she said.

The 55-year-old star will be the first Australian to be awarded the prize. Previous recipients include legendary heavyweights in world cinema like Jane Fonda, George Clooney, Robert de Niro, and Meryl Streep Pictured: Nicole in The Hours. The role which won her an Oscar in 2003

The 55-year-old star will be the first Australian to be awarded the prize. Previous recipients include legendary heavyweights in world cinema like Jane Fonda, George Clooney, Robert de Niro, and Meryl Streep Pictured: Nicole in The Hours. The role which won her an Oscar in 2003

First presented in 1973 Nicole will be the 49th recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award.

The ageless redhead has worked with some of biggest filmmakers of the era in her four-decade career including Stanley Kubrick, George Miller, Sofia Coppola, Jane Campion, Sydney Pollack and Lars von Trier.

Beginning her career in Australia, after being born in Hawaii in 1967, Nicole first rose to fame as a child actor in pictures like Bush Christmas (1983) and BMX Bandits (1983).

Her international breakthrough came with a Kennedy-Miller production, the thriller Dead Calm in 1989, co-starring Sam Neill (pictured)

Her international breakthrough came with a Kennedy-Miller production, the thriller Dead Calm in 1989, co-starring Sam Neill (pictured)

She later won great praise playing a rebellious 60s teen in the landmark Kennedy-Miller mini-series Vietnam (1987).

Her international breakthrough came with another Kennedy-Miller production, the thriller Dead Calm in 1989, co-starring Sam Neill.

Nicole later made three films with Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise between 1990 and 1999: Days of Thunder, Far and Away and Eyes Wide Shut.

Nicole co-starred in the box-office hit Day of Thunder in 1990 (pictured)

Nicole co-starred in the box-office hit Day of Thunder in 1990 (pictured)

The pair wed in 1990 when Kidman was 23, and divorced in 2001 after 12 years of marriage.

Among Nicole’s major films are, To Die For (1995), Lion (2016) and the Baz Luhrmann’s Australia (2008) and Moulin Rouge! (2001) – for which she earned a Best Actress Oscar nod.

Nicole, who has continued to win praise from fans, peers and critics for her versatility is one of the most honoured actresses of her generation.

Her accolades include six Golden Globe awards, one BAFTA, two prime time Emmys and an Academy Award for Best Actress for the Hours in 2003. 

Nicole has continued to win praise from fans, peers and critics for her versatility is one of the most honoured actresses of her generation Pictured: Nicole in To Die For in 1995

Nicole has continued to win praise from fans, peers and critics for her versatility is one of the most honoured actresses of her generation Pictured: Nicole in To Die For in 1995

 

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