Kidman Receives Top Santa Barbara Prize

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February 6, 2011 | 10:15am EST

Nicole Kidman was the toast of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California on Saturday as she was honored with a top prize.
The Moulin Rouge! star received the coveted Cinema Vanguard Award, which recognizes stars who take artistic risks and make a significant contribution to film, at a special tribute as part of the 10-day event.

Taking to the stage to accept the trophy, Kidman told the audience, “I suppose that’s in my blood. I don’t even see it as taking a risk, I just see it as staying true to my heart and instinct.”

The honor has previously been presented to Vera Farmiga, Christoph Waltz and Peter Sarsgaard.

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