Nicole Kidman scored a pair of Golden Globe nominations Thursday for two divergent performances that showcase the Oscar winner’s versatility and willingness to tackle challenging – even potentially degrading – roles in the name of drama.
Drafting on her dual Screen Actors Guild award nominations Wednesday, Kidman scored a Golden Globe nod for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture for her turn as a hot-to-trot Southern belle in “The Paperboy” and one for best performance by an actress in a mini-series or motion picture made for television portraying a war correspondent in the HBO biopic “Hemingway & Gellhorn.”
In director Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” which divided critics when it debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and has grossed less than $700,000 at the box office, Kidman plays a sexed-up Southern Barbie with a beehive bouffant and a penchant for steamy correspondence with prison inmates.
Her brave performance includes some of the year’s roughest movie sex (vis-a-vis John Cusack portraying a murderous ex-convict), a “telepathic sex” sequence (that plays out like a bonkers version of Sharon Stone’s “Basic Instinct” leg-crossing scene on Viagra) and a sequence in which the actress appears to urinate on Zac Efron’s aspiring journalist character after he is stung multiple times by jellyfish.
As an exercise in contrasts, in “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” Kidman plays Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway’s paramour-turned-third-wife and literary muse during many of the 20th century’s historical turning points -- the Spanish Civil War and the storming of Normandy among them. It’s a full-bore, scenery chewing performance for which Kidman swears and swaggers and is shown engaging in no small amount of frenzied public lovemaking with co-star Clive Owen.
“As an actor you look for roles that are rich, complicated and that stretch you, and this year I was blessed to find two,” Kidman said in a statement. “To have the chance to play them was a gift in itself and to then be acknowledged for this was the icing on the cake.”
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