Nicole Kidman Addresses Domestic Violence In Powerful Emmys Speech

"It is filled with shame and secrecy, and by you acknowledging me with this award, it shines a light on it even more," Nicole Kidman said after accepting her Emmy.



Actress Nicole Kidman used the 2017 Emmy Awards platform to address the issue of domestic abuse. The 50-year-old won her fist Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, for her role of Celeste in HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” 

Kidman was victorious among Carrie Coon, Felicity Huffman, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange and her “Big Little Lies” co-star, Reese Witherspoon. She thanked Witherspoon at the beginning of her inspiring speech. 

“Reese, I share this with you," she said, before expressing gratitude to the “Big Little Lies” writer Liane Moriarty and the Television Academy.

A large part of the novel adaptation portrays Celeste’s toxic and extremely disturbing relationship with her husband, Perry. After thanking her co-star and friends, she thanked her family.

"I also am a mother and a wife. I have two little girls, Sunny and Faith, and my darling [husband] Keith [Urban], who I ask to help me pursue this artistic path, and they have to sacrifice so much for it," she said, appearing emotionally charged looking at the audience.

"So this is yours. I want my little girls to have this on their shelf, and to look at it and go, 'Every time my mom didn't put me to bed, it's because of this! I got something!'" she continued.

Kidman then shed light on the issue of domestic abuse.

"But also I want them to know that sometimes when you're acting, you get a chance to bring a bigger message, and this is their contribution and your contribution," she said. "We shone a light on domestic abuse. It is a complicated, insidious disease. It exists far more than we allow ourselves to know.”

“It is filled with shame and secrecy and by you acknowledging me with this award, it shines a light on it even more. So thank you, thank you, thank you. I bow down to you," the actress exclaimed.  

Thumbnail Credits: Reuters, Lucy Nicholson

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