Nicole Kidman

The Aussie's versatility and willingness to tackle challenging -- even potentially degrading -- roles earned her a pair of nods. In Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy," Kidman plays a sexed-up Southern Barbie with a beehive bouffant and a penchant for steamy correspondence with prison inmates.

The supporting performance includes some of the year's roughest movie sex (vis-a-vis John Cusack portraying a murderous ex-convict), a "telepathic sex" sequence (that plays out like a bonkers version of Sharon Stone's "Basic Instinct" leg-crossing scene) and a moment in which the actress appears to urinate on Zac Efron's character after he is stung by jellyfish.

In the HBO biopic "Hemingway & Gellhorn," Kidman plays Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway's paramour-turned-third-wife and literary muse during many of the 20th century's historical turning points -- the Spanish Civil War and the storming of Normandy among them.

It's a full-bore, scenery-chewing performance for which Kidman swears and swaggers and is shown engaging in no small amount of frenzied lovemaking with co-star Clive Owen.

Kidman, incidentally, was nominated for the same set of roles by the Screen Actors Guild when that body announced its picks Wednesday.
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The Aussie's versatility and willingness to tackle challenging -- even potentially degrading -- roles earned her a pair of nods. In Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy," Kidman plays a sexed-up Southern Barbie with a beehive bouffant and a penchant for steamy correspondence with prison inmates. The supporting performance includes some of the year's roughest movie sex (vis-a-vis John Cusack portraying a murderous ex-convict), a "telepathic sex" sequence (that plays out like a bonkers version of Sharon Stone's "Basic Instinct" leg-crossing scene) and a moment in which the actress appears to urinate on Zac Efron's character after he is stung by jellyfish. In the HBO biopic "Hemingway & Gellhorn," Kidman plays Martha Gellhorn, Ernest Hemingway's paramour-turned-third-wife and literary muse during many of the 20th century's historical turning points -- the Spanish Civil War and the storming of Normandy among them. It's a full-bore, scenery-chewing performance for which Kidman swears and swaggers and is shown engaging in no small amount of frenzied lovemaking with co-star Clive Owen. Kidman, incidentally, was nominated for the same set of roles by the Screen Actors Guild when that body announced its picks Wednesday.

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