OSCARS: How Nicole Got the Nomination
After the Screen Actors Guild snubbed Nicole Kidman for a Best Actress nomination for "Moulin Rouge," the big question going into Feb. 12 was whether or not the Academy would do the same. "We did worry a little bit," the film's director, Baz Luhrmann, conceded to PEOPLE, noting that both nominations come from roughly the same pool of voters: Kidman's fellow actors. So it was with some relief early Tuesday morning that Kidman received the Best Actress Oscar nod. What changed? Luhrmann thinks that Academy nominators based their decision on her actual performance rather than what they heard about her performance. "Because the film got recognized in lots of awards recently, people have actually gone and seen the movie," he said. "They actually put the DVD in the machine, and there's this realization . . . that she's not only playing screwball comedy like Katharine Hepburn, but she's playing psychological drama. Finally, there is a recognition of what an extraordinary feat she managed to pull off." Then again, Luhrmann himself got snubbed. His audacious musical nabbed a Best Picture nomination, but Luhrmann wasn't named for his efforts. Not to worry: He says he's just happy that his movie -- a rare Hollywood musical -- got the green light to begin with. "Everybody in the process took risks," he said. "It was a journey that went on and on and on and on. I just feel so great that we finally reached the destination."
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