Nicole Kidman dedicates SAG Award nomination to onscreen persona Lucille Ball

The actress, who was nominated for her performance as Ball in Being The Ricardos, said it meant a lot to be recognised by her ‘fellow actors’.
Nicole Kidman dedicates SAG Award nomination to onscreen persona Lucille Ball

By Mike Bedigan, PA Los Angeles Correspondent

Nicole Kidman says she is “overjoyed” to have been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award and dedicated it to her onscreen persona Lucille Ball.

The actress, who was nominated for outstanding female actress for her portrayal of Ball in Being The Ricardos, said it meant a lot to be recognised by “fellow actors”.

The film follows a week of production for the American sitcom I Love Lucy in which both the US actress and her then-husband Desi Arnaz, played by Javier Bardem, starred.

Sharing the SAG awards Instagram on her own account’s story, she wrote: “Just woke up to the news and am overjoyed.

“This means so much to me because it comes from my fellow actors.

“Lucille Ball may never have had a chance to be nominated for a SAG award, as this will only be its 28th year in existence, but I’ll happily accept this nomination in her honor.”

Acknowledging her fellow cast members and director, she added: “And cheers to my brilliant Desi, Javier Bardem, and to Aaron Sorkin and the rest of the cast, we share this with you.”

Bardem was also nominated for best male actor for his portrayal of Arnaz.

Kidman also won the Golden Globe for best actress for her performance in the film, though her celebration was more muted.

This year’s Golden Globes ceremony was a muted affair, following a year of heavy criticism of the the event’s organising body.

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