Nicole Kidman Thanked Tom Cruise for His "Tender Love" in Her First Golden Globes Speech

Back in 1996, when George Clooney was known as “that guy from ER” and Nicolas Cage was winning Oscars, Nicole Kidman hit a major career milestone with her first Golden Globe win.

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The young actress earned her win in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy category for her work in the Gus Van Sant crime dramedy To Die For. Accompanied by then-husband Tom Cruise, Kidman attended the awards ceremony in a pale blue gown with a strapless bodice, tempering her and Cruise’s height difference with a pair of matching satin slides.

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Presented with the award by a very ‘90s-looking Angela Bassett and Kevin Bacon, a frazzled Nicole thanked her husband for his “tender love.”

This was, of course, only the first in a long string of wins for the Australian actress. She’s since won four additional Golden Globes (for Moulin Rouge, The Hours, and Big Little Lies, respectively), an Oscar for The Hours, and two Emmy awards for Big Little Lies.

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Kidman’s 2019 Golden Globe nomination for Destroyer marks the 14th of her career. On Jan. 6 she’ll be going up against Glenn Close (The Wife), Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born), Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), and Rosamund Pike (A Private War) for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.

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