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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: November 6, 2003
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel: (323) 461-2020, ext. 115

NICOLE KIDMAN TO RECEIVE 18TH AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE AWARD AT GALA TRIBUTE ON NOVEMBER 14

AT THE BEVERLY HILTON HOTEL

Hollywood - The 18th American Cinematheque Award will be presented to Nicole Kidman at the Cinematheque's annual benefit gala, American Cinematheque Board chairman Rick Nicita announced today. The presentation takes place Friday, November 14, 2003 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel's International Ballroom in Beverly Hills. The tribute will air on AMC on December 1, 2003.

"The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Nicole Kidman at this year's celebration," said Rick Nicita. "Her Academy Award this year reflects just one of a series of daring and demanding performances. Her unique ability to balance art house independents with the commercial mainstream has made her one of the most sought-after actresses in movies today. While she is at the peak of her talents so far, her future will contain even more bold and acclaimed work in the highest-quality films of all genres. We are looking forward to a wonderful evening honoring this extraordinary artist."

Kidman was the unanimous choice of the Cinematheque Board of Directors selection committee, which since 1986, has annually honored an extraordinary artist (actor, director or writer) in the entertainment industry, who is fully engaged in his or her work and is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion picture.

Co-chairs of the event include: Nicola Bulgari, Dick Cook, Jonathan Dolgen, Jim Gianopulos, Alan Horn, Kevin Huvane, Arie L. Kopelman, Sherry Lansing, Chris McGurk, Ron Meyer, Anthony Minghella, Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch, Rick Nicita, Mark Ordesky, Amy Pascal, Sydney Pollack, Miuccia Prada, Tom Rosenberg, Tom Rothman, Scott Rudin, Robert Shaye, Stacey Snider, Steven Spielberg, Harvey Weinstein and Anna Wintour. {ADD MORE NAMES HERE AS CONFIRMED).

Nicole Kidman first came to the general attention of American audiences for her riveting performance in Phillip Noyce's popular 1989 psychological thriller, DEAD CALM. Since then, she has become one of the most sought-after actresses in film, whose range, versatility and daring have won her international acclaim.

For her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in THE HOURS, director Stephen Daldry and writer David Hare's film adaptation of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer prize winning novel, Kidman won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Actress, along with the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress and (together with co-stars Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore) the Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Actress. She was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Nicole Kidman is in three films due for release this year. THE HUMAN STAIN, director Robert Benton's screen adaptation of the Philip Roth novel, in which Kidman stars with Anthony Hopkins, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris, will open in the United States in late September. COLD MOUNTAIN, based on Charles Frazier's best-selling novel, both adapted for the screen and directed by Anthony Minghella, starring Kidman, Renee Zelwegger and Jude Law, will open in the United States at Christmas. DOGVILLE, Lars Von Trier's provocative independent feature, with an ensemble cast that includes Kidman, Paul Bettany, Chloe Sevigny, Lauren Bacall and Stellan Skarsgard, will have its, North American debut at the Toronto Film Festival, having premiered internationally at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

She recently completed filming in New York on director Jonathan Glazer's thriller BIRTH, with Danny Huston and Lauren Bacall. She is currently filming Paul Rudnick's update of THE STEPFORD WIVES, with Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Glenn Close and Christopher Walken, for director Frank Oz.

Last year, for her performances in both Baz Luhrmann's dazzling, innovative musical feature, MOULIN ROUGE, and in writer/director Alejandro Amenabar's wildly successful phsychological thriller, THE OTHERS, she received dual Golden Globe nominations, as Best Actress in a Musical and Drama. She won the Golden Globe for the former. MOULIN ROUGE also earned Kidman a London Film Critics Circle Best Actress Award and an Oscar nomination. THE OTHERS earned her an additional BAFTA nomination.

Kidman's other film credits include the one that first brought her to the universal attention of reviewers, Gus Van Sant's acclaimed black comedy, TO DIE FOR. Her pitch-perfect, wickedly funny portrayal of a woman obsessed with the dream of becoming a TV personality won her a Golden Globe, along with Best Actress Awards from the Boston Film Critics, National Broadcast Film Critics, London Film Critics and the Seattle Film Festival.

Additional films are Stanley Kubrick's final film, EYES WIDE SHUT, Jane Campion's film adaptation of Henry James' PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Mimi Leder's international thriller THE PEACEMAKER, writer/director Jez Butterworth's dark comedy BIRTHDAY GIRL, Griffin Dunne's PRACTICAL MAGIC, Ron Howard's FAR AND AWAY, Joel Schumacher's BATMAN FOREVER, Tony Scott's DAYS OF THUNDER, Harold Becker's MALICE and Robert Benton's BILLY BATHGATE.

Kidman made a highly lauded London stage debut in the fall of 1998, starring with Iain Glenn in the The Blue Room, David Hare's modern adaptation of Schnitzler's "La Ronde," for director Sam Mendes and the Donmare Warehouse. This production, in which Kidman and Glenn each took on five different roles, was the hit of the London theatre season and for her performance Kidman won London's Evening Standard Award "for special and significant contribution to the London Theatre" and was nominated in the Best Actress category for a Laurence Olivier Award. The Blue Room moved to Broadway for a sold-out, limited run from November of 1998 through March of 1999.

Born in Hawaii, Kidman spent her childhood in Australia. She made her debut in an Australian film, BUSH CHRISTMAS, at age fourteen, and began to mix schoolwork with working in film. The much-lauded Kennedy-Miller miniseries, VIETNAM, made her a virtual overnight star in Australia, winning her Best Actress of the Year from both the Australian Film Institute and the public. Her other notable Australian films include FLIRTING and EMERALD CITY.

 

Eddie Murphy received the first American Cinematheque Award in 1986. Previous honorees are as follows: Bette Midler (1987); Robin Williams (1988); Steven Spielberg (1989); Ron Howard (1990); Martin Scorsese (1991); Sean Connery (1992); Michael Douglas (1993); Rob Reiner (1994); Mel Gibson (1995); Tom Cruise (1996); John Travolta (1997); Arnold Schwarzenegger (1998); Jodie Foster (1999); Bruce Willis (2000); Nicolas Cage (2001); and Denzel Washington (2002).

Twelve hundred entertainment industry notables are expected to attend the Tribute. This annual event is the American Cinematheque's most important benefit, providing funds for the non-profit film exhibition organization's programs throughout the year and operation of the historic landmark Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.

Tickets to the Cinematheque Tribute, an elegant black-tie dinner followed by a multi-media award show start at $500. Call Event Producer Corrinne Mann for further information at 323.314.7000. Please note that this event was formerly known as the Moving Picture Ball.

Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on December 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman's first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In the Fall of 2003 the American Cinematheque will expand its programming to the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

To obtain press credentials for this event, please send a fax on letterhead from your outlet to request an application form (new this year). Indicate that you have a specific assignment and when the coverage will air/appear in print. Fax to Margot Gerber at 323 461 9737 by Thursday, October 31, 2003.

A photo of Nicole Kidman (to run with an announcement story) is available upon request from Margot Gerber.

CONTACTS:

Catherine Olim PMK-HBH (Representing Nicole Kidman) 310-289-6200

Press Request Inquiries

Margot Gerber American Cinematheque Publicist/

323.461.2020 ext. 115

publicity@americancinematheque.com

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