Kidman says Oscar showed empty life

Nicole Kidman says winning an Oscar made her reflect on life

Nicole Kidman has said that her Oscar-winning performance in The Hours highlighted the emptiness of her own life at the time.

The Moulin Rouge! star won Best Actress for her portrayal of Virginia Wolf and told the Australian version of Harper's Bazaar how it had made her look at her own life.

She said that winning awards "can show you the emptiness of your own life, which is kind of what it showed me".

Nicole, 46, also admitted that at the time she "was having professional success and my personal life was struggling".

The actress had previously told Vanity Fair of playing the role: "Walking into the river with those stones in my pockets - I chose life. At the time, I was at a low point, and by playing her, it put me into a place of appreciating life."

She said that concentrating more on family life with husband Keith Urban and their two daughters meant her work schedule wasn't as hectic.

"I'm not carrying the whole film, and it's not six to seven months' work like Moulin Rouge. I get to come for three weeks and then go home," she said.

Keith recently told People magazine of their busy family and working life: "Nic and I say, 'Balance is never achieved; it's just maintained.'

"I'm a guy, so I'm not used to having to maintain anything. I'm used to achieving something, and good, that's done, move on to the next thing. No, no, this marriage, this family, it's a garden. It's not fixed and then you move on; it's maintained on a daily basis. I finally get that now."

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