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Sydney honours Kidman at première
Nicole Kidman in Sydney
Kidman greeted fans and signed autographs
Nicole Kidman was handed the keys to the city of Sydney as she returned to her native Australia for the première of her latest movie Cold Mountain.

The actress is already being tipped for Oscar success for her performance, but refused to be drawn on her chances.

"I don't buy into any of that until it happens," she said.

Thousands of fans turned out to see Kidman as she returned to Sydney, and she delighted them by signing autographs and chatting to the crowd.

White carpet

Also at the screening was Cold Mountain director Anthony Minghella, but the film's co-stars Jude Law and Renee Zellweger were absent.

The traditional red carpet was ditched in favour of a white one to go with the snowy theme of the film, which is set against the backdrop of the American Civil War.

Kidman was born in Hawaii but moved to Washington DC soon after her birth and then to Sydney when she was three.

She was presented with the keys to the city of Sydney by Mayor Lucy Turnbull.

The actress also spoke again about her split from ex-husband Tom Cruise, saying she felt so humiliated that all she wanted to do at the time was stay in bed.

"I sort of thought at that time that I was going to curl up in a ball and just never get out of bed," she said.

"But I have two kids and I had to get out of bed."


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