After everything Nicole Kidman went through in 2001-a very public divorce from Tom Cruise, tons of strange press and a grueling international tour to promote Moulin Rouge--one might expect the knockout to politely decline an invitation to get all gussied up for a very private affair. Instead, Kidman went out of her way to make time for Movieline's first-ever Breakthrough of the Year Awards, where bout 50 people gathered in a cozy, secluded room at the stately St. Regis Hotel in Century City to watch two new actors and one not-so-new director pick up awards for outstanding achievement in 2001.
MOVIELINE BREAKTHROUGH OF 2001 AWARDS:
(clockwise from top left) Baz Luhrmann and Ewan McGregor; Chris Weitz; Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman and Roberto Coin representative Julia van Hees; Lions Gate Vice Chairman Michael Burns; Hayden and Tove Christensen flank Watts; Luhrmann; (inset) Mike Medavoy and David Lynch.
Clearly moved by Kidman's remarks, Watts graciously thanked nearly everyone in the room, including a beaming Lynch, who was joined in the audience by such other Industry forces as Phoenix Pictures chief Mike Medavoy, writer-director Chris Weitz (Antz, American Pie) and CAA agent Rick Nicita. When Watts was finished, she and Kidman were informed that, unlike at most award ceremonies, there was still more giving to do, and they were presented with elegant new bracelets from jeweler Roberto Coin.
Watts and Christensen
After a quick thank you from the bashful Christensen, who expressed pleasure - and relief - that people are finally starting to, talk about work of his they've actually seen, rather than merely speculating about what he's capable of doing in the still-under-wraps Star Wars, he and McGregor also picked up some high end accessories-new Clerc watches.es.
In keeping with the Moulin Rouge lovefest, Movieline CEO Anne Volokh presented a Visionary Filmmaker of 2001 Award to Baz Luhrmann. Known for conjuring vivid, otherworldly universes in which two people clash, then fall in love (as he did in Strictly Ballroom and William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet), Luhrmann was recognized for the razzle-dazzle he injected into the euphoric, stylistically mesmerizing musical Moulin Rouge. Accepting his prize, the director acknowledged his creative soulmate and longtime collaborator, production designer and costume wizard Catherine Martin, and said he couldn't have worked with better stars than Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. All blushed.
Copyright 2002 Movieline, Inc.
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