Nicole Kidman named best actress at Evening Standard awards

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Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2015: Nicole Kidman and James McAvoy scoop top honours as stars come out in force.

Kidman was awarded the best-actress prize at London’s Evening Standard Theater Awards Sunday for playing Rosalind Franklin, one of the team who discovered the double-helix structure of DNA, in “Photograph 51.” Franklin’s role in the discovery went largely unrecorded for decades. But on Sunday night, the actress had her husband Keith Urban to keep her warm as they cosied up at The Evening Standard Theatre Awards, in partnership with The Ivy. Kidman said she tackled the role “for my father, who was a scientist — he has been orbiting around this whole thing —and also for Rosalind, who was not recognized in her lifetime.” James McAvoy was named best actor for “The Ruling Class,” and Imelda Staunton won the prize for best performance in a musical for her powerhouse turn in “Gypsy.”

After nearly a decade of marriage, the duo were still inseparable as they gazed lovingly into each other’s eyes on the red carpet of the star-studded London event alongside Salma Hayek and Kate Beckinsale. Speaking before the ceremony, she said: “I kind of jumped into it without realising how much I was taking on so halfway through the rehearsals I got real stage fright. The play shows how the female researcher faced institutional sexism and was written out of history despite her pivotal role in unlocking the code of DNA.

Kidman, 48, who has picked up dozens of awards over a career spanning nearly three decades, topped a shortlist of actresses less familiar with the silver screen, including Denise Gough, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Lia Williams. The Australian actress has often been seen making a demure exit from the Noel Coward Theatre in Central London wearing layers of clothing to protect herself from the winter chill. The Hours actress exchanged vows with country singer Urban in their native Australia in 2006, 12-months after crossing paths at a G’Day USA showcase event in Los Angeles. James was presented his award by Gillian Anderson, who was clad in a skin-tight red dress, and beat competition from Simon Russell Beale for his performance in Temple, Kenneth Cranham for The Father and Ralph Fiennes for Man And Superman. The New York Times said she was “pretty close to perfect,” while The Independent’s Paul Taylor said her “glorious” performance had been both “compelling and subtle”.

Dame Judi, who is currently starring alongside Sir Kenneth Branagh in The Winter’s Tale at the Garrick Theatre, said: “These awards are very important. Speaking candidly about their romance in the fashion bible, Nicole said: ‘But we really commit to each other and give to the relationship; our priority is to be together.

At the Harper’s Bazaar Women Of The Year Awards earlier this month she won the Theatre Icon award for the performance, her first turn on a West End stage for more than 17 years. I don’t ever take it for granted.’ She added: ‘What I have now – the life I have with Keith and with my whole family – it doesn’t just tumble into your lap; it’s from setting my sights on it and saying: “I so don’t want to be alone, I don’t want to walk this alone,” and I found that.’

Our special responsibility I think is that we carry the lifeblood of our society within us.” Other global stars at the event included Kate Beckinsale and Salma Hayek, who wore a daring white dress with plunging neckline and presented the Beyond Theatre award to Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. Pixie Lott also performed “Moon River” from a forthcoming production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which opens at the Haymarket Theatre Royal next year. The Emerging Talent award was won by David Moorst for his role in Violence And Son, while Molly Davies received the Most Promising Playwright award for God Bless The Child. Completing the event, the Lebedev Award was presented by Dame Judi and Sir Ian to multi-award winning musician Stephen Sondheim, who turned 85 this year. Davies is a product of the Royal Court Theatre’s programme for developing young playwrights and her debut play, A Miracle, was produced there in 2009 as part of the National Young Writers’ Festival.

Its director, Fernando Peire, said before the event: “We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with this unrivalled and important awards ceremony to recognise the outstanding talent London has to offer, both from the stage and behind the curtain.”

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