Exclusive: Nicole Kidman responds to Oscars buzz

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor

Nicole Kidman’s role in Boy Erased has generated plenty of Oscars buzz for the Australian actress, but the 51-year-old is as modest as ever about a potential Academy award.

“I have no idea,” the movie star told Yahoo Lifestyle at the 2018 AACTA Awards in Sydney when she was asked if she could land a nomination.

Instead Nicole turned attention to her appearance at Wednesday night’s prestigious Australian film and television awards, which celebrates home-grown talent.

Nicole Kidman speaks about the potential of an Oscar nomination for her role in Boy Erased. Photo: Getty

“Thee main thing is it’s lovely when you get something like this, to be here because these films need the support,” she said. “They’re smaller films and they need it.”

Nicole portrays the character Nancy in Joel Edgerton’s film Boy Erased, which also stars Joel himself, as well as Russell Crowe, Lucas Hedges and Troye Sivan.

Based on a true story, the film sees a Baptist family dealing with their son coming out.

His father, a preacher played by Russell Crowe, does not approve of his son’s (Lucas) sexuality and sends him away to Christian gray conversion therapy.

Photo: Getty

Nicole plays Russell’s onscreen wife Nancy, while Joel portrays the the chief therapist at the conversion facility.

After attending the ARIA Awards with husband Keith Urban last week, Nicole walked solo at the AACTA Awards at The Star on Wednesday in a glimmering pink gown.

Later in the night she won the Best Actress award at the AACTAs, and said the nod was very special because it was for Boy Erased. 

“It’s such an important story,” she said in the media room after her victory.


The complete list of 2018 AACTA winners:

AACTA Award for Best Film Presented by Foxtel

Winner: Sweet Country

 AACTA Award for Best Indie Film presented by Event Cinemas

Winner: Jirga, Benjamin Gilmour (Dir), John Maynard

 AACTA Award for Best Direction

Winner: Sweet Country, Warwick Thornton

AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor

Winner: Hamilton Morris, Sweet Country

 AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress

Winner: Angourie Rice, Ladies In Black

AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Simon Baker, Breath

AACTA Award for Best Supporting Actress

Winner: Nicole Kidman, Boy Erased

AACTA Award for Best Original Score

Winner: Ladies in Black

AACTA Award for Best Production Design

Winner: Peter Rabbit, Roger Ford, Lisa Thompson

AACTA Award for Best Costume Design

Winner:  Ladies in Black, Wendy Cork

AACTA Award for Best Original Screenplay

Winner: Sweet Country, David Tranter, Steven McGregor

AACTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

Winner: Joel Edgerton, Boy Erased

AACTA Award for Best Cinematography

Winner: Sweet Country, Warwick Thornton

AACTA Award for Best Editing

Winner: Sweet Country, Nick Meyers

AACTA Award for Best Sound

Winner: Breath, Robert Mackenzie, Trevor Hope, Jed Dodge, Tara Webb

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