Nicole Kidman to Be Honored at Palm Springs Film Fest for ‘Lion’

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman will receive the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s International Star Award for her work in “Lion,” the festival announced Monday.

Festival chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement, “One of the world’s most luminous and versatile actresses, Nicole Kidman has filled so many unforgettable roles including her performances in ‘The Hours,’ ‘Moulin Rouge!,’ ‘Cold Mountain,’ ‘Rabbit Hole’ and dozens more. In her latest film, ‘Lion,’ she gives yet another award-worthy performance as Sue Brierley, an Australian woman who adopts two young boys from India.”

The Weinstein Company drama tells the story of five-year-old Saroo, who gets lost on a train while waiting for his brother. The train ultimately takes him away from his home, thousands of miles across India. For a while, Saroo has to learn how to survive in Kolkata, before finally being adopted by an Australian couple. 25 years later, he becomes resolved to find his lost family, using Google Earth to help him track them down. Kidman stars as Saroo’s (Dev Patel) adopted mother.

Kidman also received the fest’s Chairman’s Award back in 2005. Previous honorees of the International Star Award include Javier Bardem, Helen Mirren and Saoirse Ronan.

Kidman will receive the honor at the fest’s annual awards gala on Jan. 2. Also at the gala, Casey Affleck will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Tom Hanks will receive the Icon Award and Ruth Negga will receive the Rising Star Award. The Vanguard Award will go to Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” More honorees are still to be announced.

The 28th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival runs Jan. 2-16.

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