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Cinematheque sets Kidman fete

Thesp given kudo for 'daring and demanding' perfs

The American Cinematheque has tapped Nicole Kidman as its 18th American Cinematheque Award recipient.

The actress will be feted Nov. 14 at the Cinematheque’s annual benefit gala at the BevHilton; tribute will air Dec. 1 on AMC.

Since 1986 the Cinematheque board of directors selection committee has annually singled out an “extraordinary artist in the entertainment industry, who is fully engaged in his or her work and is committed to making a significant contribution to the art of the motion picture.” Last year’s honoree was Denzel Washington.

Event, formerly known as the Moving Picture Ball, is expected to draw 1,200 industryites. Benefit provides funds for the nonprofit film org’s programs throughout the year and for operation of the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard and the redecorated Aero on Montana Avenue.

Kidman’s Oscar win in March “reflects just one of a series of daring and demanding performances,” Cinematheque board chairman Rick Nicita said. “Her unique ability to balance arthouse independents with the commercial mainstream has made her one of the most sought-after actresses in movies today.”

“While she is at the peak of her talents so far, her future will contain even more bold and acclaimed work in the highest-quality films of all genres.”

Kidman, who nabbed the actress Oscar earlier this year for playing Virginia Woolf in “The Hours,” will topline three pics before year’s end: Miramax’s “The Human Stain,” for director Robert Benton; Anthony Minghella’s “Cold Mountain,” also for Miramax; and Lars von Trier’s “Dogville,” which Lions Gate is distribbing domestically.

She recently wrapped “Birth” for helmer Jonathan Glazer, and is lensing Paul Rudnick’s update of “The Stepford Wives” for director Frank Oz.