THE GOLDEN COMPASS
NICOLE KIDMAN first came to the attention of American audiences with her critically acclaimed performance in Phillip Noyce's riveting 1989 psychological thriller Dead Calm. She has since become an internationally-recognized, award-winning actress known for her range and versatility.
In 2003, Kidman won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Berlin Silver Bear for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry's The Hours. In 2002, she 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. She was awarded her initial Golden Globe for a pitch-perfect, wickedly funny portrayal of a woman obsessed with becoming a TV personality at all costs, in Gus Van Sant's To Die For, and has been nominated three additional times: for her performances in Jonathan Glazer's Birth, Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain, and Robert Benton's Billy Bathgate.
Kidman can currently be seen in writer/director Noah Baumbach's Margot at the Wedding, co-starring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jack Black. She is currently reunited with Moulin Rouge! director Baz Luhrmann and fellow Australian actor Hugh Jackman filming an epic love story set in Australia's outback
Kidman voiced the role of "Norma Jeanâ€ť in this year's Academy Award winning animated musical Happy Feet, reuniting her with the Australian director most responsible for launching her career, George Miller. She narrated the documentary release (last year's Sundance Grand Jury Award and Audience Award-winner), God Grew Tired of Us, and is also the narrator in a the film biography of Simon Wiesenthal, I Have Never Forgotten You.
Kidman's additional film credits include Steven Shainberg's Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus with Robert Downey, Jr.; Sydney Pollack's The Interpreter with Sean Penn; Nora Ephron's Bewitched with Will Ferrell; Robert Benton's The Human Stain with Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris;, Lars von Trier's Dogville with Paul Bettany and Lauren Bacall; Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut with Tom Cruise; Mimi Leder's The Peacemaker with George Clooney; Jane Campion's The Portrait of a Lady with John Malkovich; Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever with Val Kilmer and Jim Carrey; Harold Becker's Malice with Michael Keaton and Alec Baldwin; and Ron Howard's Far and Away.
In January of 2006, Kidman was awarded Australia's highest honor, the Companion in the Order of Australia. She was also named Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund for Women, UNIFEM, 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. For the past nine years, Kidman has served as the UNICEF Ambassador for Australia. Three years ago, she became the first Chair of the Women's Health Fund at UCLA, at the David Geffen School of Medicine.
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