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Nicole Kidman named Santa Barbara fest's Vanguard Award winner

November 21, 2010 |  2:45 pm


Honors for yet another potential Oscar nominee -- Nicole Kidman for her role as a grieving mother in "Rabbit Hole"-- are being announced ahead of the Academy Awards nominations. The Santa Barbara International Film Festival said Sunday that Kidman, who won the best actress Oscar as novelist Virginia Woolf in 2002's "The Hours," is the recipient of the Cinema Vanguard Award.

The tribute to the Australian actress will take place Feb. 5 at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara.

The award was created, according to the festival, "in recognition of an actor who has forged his/her own path -- taking risks and making significant and unique contributions to film." Previous honorees have included Christoph Waltz, Vera Farmiga, Stanley Tucci, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling.

In  "Rabbit Hole," which opens in limited release on Dec. 17, Kidman and Aaron Eckhart play a couple trying to deal with the death of their child.

The 26th annual edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival runs from Jan. 27-Feb. 6.

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-- Susan King

Photo: Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart in "Rabbit Hole." Credit: David Giesbrecht/Lionsgate