Nicole Kidman: Steve Granitz/WireImage.com; The Hours: Clive Coote
January 16, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Nicole Kidman wins an EW.com Award

FOR ”The Hours”

WHY? Sure, DiCaprio bulked up, Day-Lewis screwed in a fake eye, and Hayek glued on a unibrow to disappear into their characters. But no one can top Kidman’s impressive nosedive into Dowdyville for ”The Hours.” That little plastic proboscis did more than transform the ”Moulin Rouge” diva into a plain Jane with suicidal tendencies. More importantly, it allowed viewers to stop thinking, ”Hey, that’s the former Mrs. Tom Cruise!” and focus on the emotionally grueling storyline. If Nicole nabs the Globe, let’s hope she leaves a little spot on the mantel for that faux sniffer, too.

(Golden Globe nomination: Actress in a Leading Role — Drama)

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