The 2020 Oscars once again nominated only men in the best director category, but Nicole Kidman already has a few female-led projects underway.
“I’m working with Lulu Wang and I’ve just done a show with Susanne Bier. I made a pledge at the Cannes Film Festival where I said I’m going to work with a female director every 18 months. For me, it’s simple in terms of just my action,” she told Variety’s Marc Malkin at the SAG Awards.
She said she was especially proud to be nominated at the SAGs for “Bombshell” and “Big Little Lies.”
“Incredible. Took my breath away. To be acknowledged for Celeste and Gretchen Carlson this year is an amazing thing,” she said.
In “Bombshell,” Kidman portrayed former “Fox and Friends” anchor Carlson in the midst of Roger Ailes’ sexual harassment scandal and downfall from Fox News. As Celeste Wright in HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” she goes through a bitter custody battle and copes with grief following her abusive husband’s death.
“Being able to have that voice through those characters and champion women in the circumstances that these particular women are in–to be acknowledged for that–that’s pretty special. It’s not about me, it’s about those characters and the voices they have right now,” she said.