Date: 17th February 2003

The Hours Wows Critics At Berlin Film Festival

Actor Nicole Kidman won another gong yesterday as her march towards an Oscars win gained momentum.
Kidman shared best actress honours at the Berlin Film Festival with Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore for their critically-acclaimed performances in Stephen Daldry's literary drama Hours, The (2002).

Nominated for nine Academy Awards, The Hours wowed critics and audiences alike at the festival.

Kidman and Streep were both in Germany to promote it.

The Berlin award was likely to boost the Academy Award chances of all three Hours actors and the film's director.

The picture was one of 22 competing for the Golden Bear award at the Berlinale, Europe's first major film showcase of the year.

UK director Michael Winterbottom's dark Afghan refugee saga In This World got the Golden Bear award for best film.

The Silver Bear award for best actor went to Sam Rockwell for his portrayal of a zany TV game show host who doubles as a CIA hit man in George Clooney's directorial debut, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind.

Best director honours were conveyed on France's Patrice Chereau for his probingly psychological study Son Frere.

The Jury Grand Prize went to Spike Jonze's Hollywood satire Adaptation.

Herald Sun

Source: Press Release



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