The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - COLIN VICK­ERY

CAN Ni­cole Kid­man cap her ca­reer turn­around with an Emmy Award? That is what Hol­ly­wood is ask­ing as the Aussie star firms as favourite to win the Out­stand­ing Lead Ac­tress in a Minis­eries or Movie award for her ac­claimed por­trayal of abused wife Celeste Wright in Big Lit­tle Lies. The seven-part drama, co-ex­ec­u­tive pro­duced by Kid­man from the novel by Aussie au­thor Liane Mo­ri­arty, has been nom­i­nated for a whop­ping 14 Em­mys in­clud­ing Out­stand­ing Lim­ited Se­ries. In­dus­try scribes are now talk­ing of a “Kid­man-ais­sance” af­ter rave reviews for movie Lion, in which she was nom­i­nated for Best Sup­port­ing Ac­tress, The Be­guiled and minis­eries Top of the Lake: China Girl.

“Big Lit­tle Lies is painful to watch,” Kid­man said. “It’s deeply un­com­fort­able and it is com­pli­cated, which is what I wanted to make.

“The role en­tered my psy­che in a way that I didn’t want it to, but it just did. I was lucky that I have Keith (Ur­ban), who I could go home to and who is very solid.”

Kid­man’s cat­e­gory has been de­scribed as one of the most bril­liantly tal­ented in tele­vi­sion his­tory. Kid­man is up against Big Lit­tle Lies co-star Reese Wither­spoon; Jes­sica Lange and Su­san Saran­don for Feud: Bette and Joan; Car­rie Coon for Fargo and Felic­ity Huff­man for Amer­i­can Crime.

“It was a fi five-and-a-halfd half month shoot and Reese and I had beach houses next to each other,” Kid­man said. “We would go and have in­cred­i­ble din­ners where we would share sto­ries and our lives and help each other and so much of that friend­ship is on screen.”

Ge­of­frey Rush is up for Out­stand­ing Lea Lead Ac­tor in a Lim­ited Se­ries or Movie for his por­trayal of Al­bert Ein­stein in Ge­nius.

The Aussie star will be up against Robert De Niro, Bene­dict Cum­ber­batch, Ewan McGre­gor, John Tur­turro and Riz Ahmed in what prom­ises to be an­other nail­bit­ing cate-

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