Nicole Kidman won her first Screen Actors Guild Award in Los Angeles today. She was awarded for outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries for her role as Celeste, a wife enduring domestic violence, in “Big Little Lies”.
“It means a lot to me. I have been working since I was 14-years-old,” the 50-year-old said as her husband Keith Urban watched on.
The Australian actress was up against Hollywood royalty in Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange, as well as her co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern and delivered an emotional speech paying tribute to her colleagues beginning with the admission that she was crying and was “incredibly nervous because this is reality colliding with fantasy right now”.
Kidman said she’d been working until 1am the previous night, had the flu and was “playing a pretty raw, out there character right now so I’ve had a little trouble shedding it”.
“I’m here and I am incredibly grateful. To receive this at this stage of my life is extraordinary,” she said.
“And at this time in the industry when these things are going on and for this role.”
She shared the award with Dern and Witherspoon and told Sarandon and Lange “I revere you” before going on to pay tribute to several other female actors including fellow Australian Judy Davis – “the list is so long” – for their “trailblazing performances”.
Kidman reflected on how there’s now a place in Hollywood’s storytelling for older women.
“How wonderful it is that our careers today can go beyond 40-years-old. Twenty years ago, we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives,” she said.
“That’s not the case now. We’ve proven and these actresses and so many more are proving that were are potent and powerful and viable.
“I just beg that the industry stays behind us, because our stories are finally being told. It’s only the beginning and I’m so proud to be part of a community that is instigating this change, but I implore the writers, directors, studios and financiers to put passion and money behind our stories.
“We have proven that we can do this. We can continue to do this, but only with support of this industry and that money and passion.”
Her comments came as the controversy over sexual harassment continued, with two SAG nominees, Aziz Ansari and James Franco, accused of inappropriate behaviour. Only Franco attended the awards, neither won their category. The issue remained central to the awards ceremony, hosted by Kristen Bell, with all the awards presented by women.
Geoffrey Rush, who is now suing for defamation following claims he acted inappropriately during a Sydney theatre production, was nominated for playing Einstein in the TV miniseries Genius, but missed out to Kidman’s co-star Alexander Skarsgard.
After being overlooked at the Golden Globes, fellow Australian Margot Robbie was left empty-handed again for her performance as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya.
Here is Kidman’s acceptance speech:
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