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Kidman Receives Australia's Top Honor

Kidman Receives Australia's Top Honor

Aussie beauty Nicole Kidman is awarded Australia’s top civil honor, the Companion of the Order of Australia (equivalent to an English knighthood) for her work promoting women and children’s health, and cancer research.

“It’s a pat on the back, which as a little girl is something you dream of,” Australia’s golden girl said after receiving her award.

Nicole, 39, was honored during a ceremony at Government House, Yarralumla on Friday in Canberra, Australia. Hubby Keith Urban and proud parents Janelle and Antony were present for the ceremony.

The Oscar-winning actress was supposed to be presented with this award last year but the presentation was delayed until today due to her film commitments and wedding to Keith Urban. Congrats, Nicole!

Nicole Kidman receives the Companion of the Order of Australia
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50 Responses to “Kidman Receives Australia's Top Honor”

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  1. 1
    Rii Says:

    Congratulations! She deserves it, she does a lot of good for example as an UN goodwill ambassador.

  2. 2
    Emme Says:

    Makes me proud to be an australian.. *wipes tear* I love how our governor general was concerned he would mess up her hair.. hehe.. Love her, love her, love her!

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    Heather Says:

    where are the photos of the other recipients of the award???? A lot of “celebrities” do charity work privately and don’t get awards for it. I hope she enjoyed her “pat on the back”.

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    Notbusy Says:

    She looks so pretty and happy. The dress is perfect. What an honor.

  5. 5
    Notbusy Says:

    Charity work should not be done privately. The whole point is to spread the word and bring awareness to the charity so others will donate money or their time to it also.

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    Libbie Says:

    Heather – this is a little more than an award for charity

    I’m an Australian and it’s really quite offensive of you to trivialise our nation’s highest honour as a celebrity photo op!

    Nicole expressed her gratitude for this honour when it was first awarded to her (Australia Day in 2006) and today when she recieved the medal. And just for your information, there were plenty of other recipients and she chose to recieve her medal alongside them, the press just chose not to cover them.

    It recognises all of her contributions to Australian and global charities and she is a very worthy recipient!

    We chose to give this to her and the media chose to cover it – it’s not like she called up and made it happen herself… she couldn’t have if she tried!

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    music Says:

    She actually recieved this award over a year ago in January 2006. How coincidental that right before she starts her Australia film, she suddenly finds the time for this formal and public ceremony.

  8. 8
    Libbie Says:

    Music, I’m not sure if you were responding to my post or not but if you were then you obviously don’t know when Australia Day is – I guess that this means that you’re not Australian and that you don’t realise the significance of this award… it’s really quite annoying

    Would you criticise Elton John for accepting his knighthood… damn it people move on!

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    gloria Says:

    Some people just can not be happy and appreciative of what others do for mankind. I think Nicole is a very classy, elegant, and caring person. There were tons of pictures on the web of the other recipients. Nicole was definitely not singled out. She couldn’t accept the award last year because she was making a movie and getting married. She could have accepted the award without being with all the others but chose to be included with the other recipients.

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    Molly Says:

    Nicole deservs this as noone.Thanks for doing it.She is a Lady, and a great human being.Thanks Nicole for being such a great actress and help women!

  11. 11
    Julie Says:

    Nicole is so beautiful in those pics.Congratulatios to her!

  12. 12
    Margot Says:

    As an australian i’m very proud of Nicole and off her jod.She is definetly the most recognized aussie, as an actress and as woman.Thanks Nic for being AUSTRALIAN!

  13. 13
    John Says:

    Nicole is so beautiful…what a princess….
    Congrats to her!

  14. 14
    Kensyland Says:

    the fact she didn’t want to accpet the award alone, says a lot about the great woman she is.Some stupid people like to talk bad things about her, but they are stupid and that’s it.

  15. 15
    Jeniz!!!! Says:

    I adore Nic, she is my favorite actress, so i’m very happy for this award!
    Thanks Nic for all the work you do!

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    Lucy Says:

    I’m very proud of her.I like her, as an actress but i like even more as a UN ambassador, she is doing as excellent work!

    Lover her dress, she is so feminine!

  17. 17
    Queen Bee Says:

    Truly a class act!

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    a Says:

    She looks great. Congrats to her!

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    Dancer Says:

    Thanks JJ for posting this! Nicole certainly deserves the recognition. She has worked so hard over the years to help children and women and much of that work has not been publicized. She has also worked tirelessly to promote Australia. She is a class act. Always gracious, always thankful for the support she has been given and the chances and work that has led her to this point in her life! It is a great honor and one that she richly deserved!

  20. 20
    ISA Says:

    She deserves all the honors, she is wonderful.

  21. 21
    Daisy Says:

    Congratulations to Nicole on her honor. Well deserved!!

  22. 22
    cassie Says:

    Nicole looks so elegant as always.

  23. 23
    Dirty Denise Says:

    Nicole “Casper the ghost” Kidman needs to lay off the botox.

  24. 24
    Me Says:

    Congratulations Nic.

  25. 25
    gigi Says:

    Congrats to Nicole – gracious lady. If only the US could give their deserving actresses honors because they do bring to light important issues that politians either ignore or don’t really care too much for.

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