At this month’s Golden Globes, where the 52-year-old was up for an acting prize for Big Little Lies, Kidman – with partner Keith Urban – was among several celebrities shining the international spotlight on Australia’s bushfire crisis. Earlier this month, the couple donated $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services.
At the Critics’ Choice Awards this week she told Extra TV that their property at Sutton Forest in NSW’s Southern Highlands had been spared by the fires, but nearby areas had been “very badly burned”.
“Whatever [people] can give is incredibly appreciated,” she said of fundraising efforts. “That’s us doing our bit and we’re not telling anyone else what they should do. But anything that’s given, I know the country, the firefighters, the volunteer firefighters, the animals in terms of wildlife, the people working will really help.”
This week, Bombshell earned Oscar nominations for Kidman’s co-stars Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie for next month’s ceremony. While Kidman was left on the outs by the Academy, she’s remained vocal on debate over the snubbing of female filmmakers.
“I think the progress is just to choose to work with the people we love and women we love and the times they are a-changin’,” Kidman told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday, noting she sought out director Susan Bier (Bird Box) for her new HBO series The Undoing and Lulu Wang (The Farewell) for an upcoming coming film project.
“That’s all we can do. Keep talking about it and supporting it… That’s what we’re doing and I do believe it is changing.”