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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 March, 2004, 14:03 GMT
Kidman and Crowe living treasures
Nicole Kidman
Kidman was honoured for her Hollywood career
Film actors Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe have been honoured as "living treasures" by Australian authorities.

The National Trust of Australia's living treasures committee honoured the actors alongside other figures including cricketer Steve Waugh.

The actors replace those who have died since the inaugural awards were announced in 1997.

"We felt it was time to revive the list through a democratic process," said committee chairman Michael Ball.

Some of the former living treasures who have died in the past seven years include country singer Slim Dusty and actor Ruth Cracknell.

Film delay

The awards were given to Kidman and Crowe despite the fact neither are native Australians. Kidman was born in Hawaii, USA, while Crowe was born in Wellington, New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Crowe's forthcoming film will be ineligible for next year's Oscars, after the release date was moved back to 2005.

Cinderella Man, which also stars Renee Zellweger, had been tipped as a contender in next year's race.

However, producers Universal Pictures have said it will now open next March as they need more time to market it.

Filming on the project, in which Crowe plays a boxer, was delayed after the star dislocated his shoulder in January.

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