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FoxNews, December 10th 2003 - Nicole: 'No Marriage' to Kravitz

Nicole Kidman is not getting married to rocker Lenny Kravitz.

She said it to me last night, as clear as a bell, and loudly enough for several others to also hear. This took place at the premiere for Anthony Minghella's Oscar-bound epic romance "Cold Mountain."

"I am not getting married," she said, emphatically but sweetly. She held up all her fingers and waved them for me. "Do you see a ring? No. I've told you before, I take this seriously. I am not getting married."

So much for all those exclusive reports in the tabloids, and the endless pictures of Kidman trying to hide a diamond ring. It's not happening.

In fact, I would rather guess that whatever "relationship" existed between Nicole and Lenny — one which he'd be a lucky man to have had — is not as hot as the papers made it out to be.

But the star of "Cold Mountain" is on her way to a relationship with another man. His name is Oscar, and Kidman will be nominated to meet him for the third year in a row.

Her work as Ada, the prim and beautiful Civil War heroine, is among her best ever. Will she win? I don't know.

After all, you've got Diane Keaton, Uma Thurman, Charlize Theron and Naomi Watts, among others, vying for the lead position. But Kidman is the rare combination of Grace Kelly and Meryl Streep. And she's made lemonade out of lemons (her marriage to the "Last Samurai").

As for Watts, Nicole told me that if she and her best friend from Down Under were indeed both nominated for anything, she'd be thrilled.

"We should go as each other's dates, shouldn't we?" she said.

We'll have to watch for this, as the likelihood is both beautiful Aussies will be headed for more red carpets.

The "Cold Mountain" premiere also featured star Jude Law with a new girlfriend, director Minghella and the fine supporting players Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kathy Baker.

The special guest star of the evening was Clive Owen, the British star of "Beyond Borders" and those BMW mini-films. He's about to start shooting Mike Nichols' film version of "Closer" with Law and Julia Roberts.

Gleeson, the consummate Irish actor, will be seen next in "Troy" with Brad Pitt come May 2004.

But wait, what about "Cold Mountain," you ask? The answer is that it's headed for a repeat of Minghella's "The English Patient." The nominations and kudos are many: Kidman, Law, and Minghella are all assured them. Ditto for the production.

More importantly, I don't see any way that Renée Zellweger can lose Best Supporting Actress to anyone for her role here. She is simply unforgettable as Ada's sensible sidekick Ruby Thewes.

Like "The English Patient," "Cold Mountain" is told in fragments, cutting back and forth across time, to tell several layers of a story. Is it perfect? I'd say it's 99 percent so, which is pretty damn good.

The look, the tone, the sensibility are all there. It's the kind of sweeping epic love story missing so far from this season of glum, morose or flawed films.

For Best Picture, its only real competition should be "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." "Cold Mountain" will be the one drama everyone will recommending to their friends through the holiday season.

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