Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Nicole Kidman Wows British Academy Tea in Hollywood


Hollywood blissfully partied on last night for the 2011 Golden Globes despite the hovering black cloud of scandal, FCC questions, lawsuits, and questions about whether NBC wants to be burdened with these weird situations.

In brief: the ex publicist for the Globes sued them this week for $2 million and alleged all kinds of payola and fraud. While the publicist probably doesn’t have much of a case, the Hollywood Foreign Press is now imperiled by years of secrets springing forth. It won’t be pretty, as my readers have known for years.

Meantime, Saturday brought the annual BAFTA/LA tea party, a great afternoon at the Four Seasons Hotel sponsored by Bombay Sapphire–and a lot of it was going around while stars like Nicole Kidman, Michelle Williams, Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Barbara Hershey, Brenda Vaccaro, Jeff Bridges, Ben Affleck, Jackie Bisset, Jeremy Renner, Melissa Leo, composer Alexandre Desplat, Andrew Garfield, and so on.

Of course, in that group, Nicole Kidman got the most attention. She’s headed to an Oscar nomination for  “Rabbit Hole,” a tremendous performance and maybe her best work in years (which is saying something). Kidman produced the movie after she optioned the Broadway play, and made the project come together. She was on her own yesterday, leaving husband Keith Urban home with toddler daughter Sunday Rose.

Some of the guests wound up coming late–Newsweek magazine (still in business, who knew?) convinced a bunch of nominees–Firth, James Franco, Kidman etc–to sit for a roundtable discussion that they also filmed–I don’t know if it’s for the Newsweek website, the Daily Beast, or Harman Kardon.

“Those roundtables are like group therapy,” Nicole said with a laugh.

And BAFTA? Very high on “The King’s Speech,” of course.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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