Kidman’s powerful SAG speech
SHE has called it the role of her career and Nicole Kidman just added a Screen Actors Guild Award to her long list of accolades for Big Little Lies.
The Aussie stunner won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor for her role as an abused housewife in the HBO drama, over co-stars Reece Witherspoon and Laura Dern.
She was the only Aussie who won a SAG, with Margot Robbie and Geoffrey Rush missing out.
"It means a lot to me ... I'm incredibly nervous because this is reality colliding with fantasy right now," an unwell Kidman said.
"I have the flu and ... I'm playing a pretty out there character."
Kidman, 50, was emotional as she accepted the industry-voted statue, saying, "to receive this at this stage of my life is extraordinary".
First-time SAG winner Kidman said there would be more opportunities for women in Hollywood.
"It's only the beginning and I'm so proud of being part of a community that is instigating this change," Kidman said.
Meantime, the industry-voted SAGs gave the strongest indication to date on who will be nominated for - and possibly, win - at the Oscars.
It was the third major awards ceremony to be held in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal that has ripped through Hollywood. James Franco, who was nominated for his role in The Disaster Artist, attended the SAGs despite sexual miscounduct allegations (he lost to Gary Oldman).
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR (LEADING ROLE)
Timothee Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour (WINNER): Oldman was emotional as he accepted the award, saying he was "thrilled" to be "in this room tonight ... (with) my friends and peers", noting Richard Jenkins, Denzel Washington and Geoffrey Rush.
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR (LEADING ROLE)
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (WINNER): McDormand won her third SAG. She said she came out of the "woods" every few years to work in movies. "There's a lot of young ones (actors) coming up and they need doorstops too," she said.
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR (SUPPORTING)
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (WINNER): Rockwell paid tribute to his fellow nominees, telling Harrelson "I love you, dude". "I stand shoulder to shoulder with you and all the incredible women in this room," Rockwell said, paying tribute to his co-star Frances McDormand.
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR (SUPPORTING)
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Holly Hunter, The Big Sick
Allison Janney, I, Tonya (WINNER): "I'm incredibly lucky and emotional to be in this category of women," the former West Wing star said. She called I, Tonya co-star Margot Robbie "fearless" and "brave" and a "rock star".
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A CAST IN A MOTION PICTURE
The Big Sick
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (WINNERS): Frances McDormand accepted the award on behalf of the cast, which included Australian actors Abbie Cornish and Samara Weaving.
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock
Jeff Daniels, Godless
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Geoffrey Rush, Genius
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies (WINNER): Skarsgard said he was "shocked" and "humbled" and "embarrassed" to have won over screen legend De Niro. The former True Blood star also beat out Australian nominee Rush in this category.
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies (WINNER): "It means a lot to me ... I'm incredibly nervous because this is reality colliding with fantasy right now," Kidman said. "I have the flu and I'm playing a pretty out there character. To receive this at this stage of my life is extraordinary." She thanked her Big Little Lies co-stars Witherspoon and Dern who she called her "girlfriends".
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette & Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette & Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (WINNER): "What a blessing it is to do what we love ... what an honour it is to be recognised by my peers for a job well done," Brown said.
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Millie Bobby Brown, Stranger Things
Claire Foy, The Crown (WINNER): Foy was not in attendances, and the award was accepted on her behalf by Dakota Fanning.
Laura Linney, Ozark
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid's Tale
Robin Wright, House of Cards
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace
William H. Macy, Shameless (WINNER): "I like our category best," Macy said, while accepting his statue.
Marc Maron, GLOW
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black
Alison Brie, GLOW
Jane Fonda, Grace and Frankie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (WINNER): Louis-Dreyfus did not attend the SAGs as she is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Her award was accepted by presenters Mandy Moore and Connie Britton.
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A DRAMA
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid's Tale
This Is Us (WINNERS)
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE IN A COMEDY
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Orange is the New Black
Veep (WINNER): Matt Walsh, who plays Mike McLintock in the HBO comedy accepted the award in character, as he was flanked by his cast mates.