May 8, 2023

Nicole Kidman’s AFI Lifetime Achievement Award Event Postponed Due to Writers Strike

More and more awards ceremonies are taking a step back as the Writer’s Strike continues to disrupt work across the entertainment community. To be clear, all of this could be resolved if the AMPTP stopped their ridiculous tactics and instead met the WGA’s fair and equitable demands.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 18: Nicole Kidman attends the Los Angeles Premiere Of “The Northman” at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 18, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

The ceremony for AFI’s Lifetime Achievement award had been set for June 10 before it was delayed due to “the division in our community at this time,” the organization said in a statement.

“For nearly half a century, the AFI Life Achievement Award has convened artists and audiences in celebration of excellence in the art form,” the AFI said in a statement. “Due to the division in our community at this time, AFI has decided to postpone this year’s event with the goal to offer a celebratory environment worthy of our recipient.”

As of now, no word has been issued for a new date. That may take some time as some expect the strike to last for weeks and perhaps months. The last writers strike, which began in 2007, lasted 100 days. 

Nicole Kidman is set to become the first Australian actor to receive the AFI honor. The Oscar-winning actress and producer, 55, has a career that dates back to the early 1980s, and she’s built a reputation as a versatile performer who has long gravitated toward working for visionary auteurs.