Circuit 3: Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Mary Kidman turns 46 this week. Born June 20, 1967, the Hawaiian-born-Australian-raised actress made her breakthrough performance in Phillip Noyce’s thriller, Dead Calm (1989). With studios taking notice of her raw talent and natural beauty, Kidman’s career took off in the next decade with films like Days of Thunder (1990), Billy Bathgate (1991; for which she received her first Golden Globe nomination), Far and Away (1992), Batman Forever (1995), To Die For (1995; for which she won her first Golden Globe), and Eyes Wide Shut (1999).

Kidman had one of her best years in 2001, both commercially and critically. In Baz Luhrmann’s musical Moulin Rouge!, Kidman played a cabaret performer/courtesan and won her second Golden Globe for the performance. Her efforts would also earn Kidman her first Academy Award nomination. She would haul in Golden Globe and BAFTA noms for her other work that year, playing Grace Stewart in Alejandro Amenábar’s horror flick, The Others. The following year she would win the Oscar,kidman the Globe, and the BAFTA (among other awards) for her performance as Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry’s The Hours (2002).

Some of her more notable performances/films since her Oscar win include Lars von Trier’s Dogville (2003), Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain (2003), Jonathan Glazer’s Birth (2004), John Cameron Mitchell’s Rabbit Hole (2010; for which she received her third Academy Award nomination), and Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy (2012). In 2013, Nicole Kidman will appear in four films, including playing Princess Grace Kelly in Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco. Could a fourth Oscar nomination be in her future? We’ll find out soon enough.

My Circuit 3 for Nicole Kidman films:

  1. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
  2. Moulin Rouge! (2001)
  3. The Hours (2002)

My Circuit 3 for Nicole Kidman performances

  1. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
  2. Rabbit Hole (2010)
  3. To Die For (1995)

What are your three best Nicole Kidman films and/or performances? You can view her entire filmography here.