Homegrown Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman will receive a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute next year Pictured: Nicole on the red carpet in 2020

Nicole Kidman makes history as the first Australian to win the American Film Institute award

Homegrown Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman will receive a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute next year.

The 55-year-old star, who grew up in Sydney, will be the first Australian to receive the award.

Previous recipients include legendary heavyweights of world cinema like Jane Fonda, George Clooney, Robert de Niro, Al Pacino and Meryl Streep.

Homegrown Hollywood superstar Nicole Kidman will receive a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute next year Pictured: Nicole on the red carpet in 2020

The award will be presented to The Hours Oscar winner on June 10 at a special star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles, Variety reports.

Awarded by the AFI Board of Directors, the Institute’s prize, alongside an Oscar, is one of the highest distinctions in cinema.

Breaking the news of her stories on Thursday, Nicole posted a glamorous photo with the caption, “What an honor!” Thanks to the American Film Institute.

Nicole announces her amazing honor on her social media on Thursday (pictured)

Nicole announces her amazing honor on her social media on Thursday (pictured)

“And to everyone who has been part of this journey,” she continued.

“Looking forward to seeing you in June.”

AFI President, film producer Kathleen Kennedy praised Nicole as she made the official announcement.

“Nicole Kidman has enchanted for decades with her bold artistry and the glamor of a screen icon,” she said.

The 55-year-old star will be the first Australian to receive the award.  Previous recipients include legendary heavyweights of world cinema like Jane Fonda, George Clooney, Robert de Niro and Meryl Streep Pictured: Nicole in the Hours.  The role that won him an Oscar in 2003

The 55-year-old star will be the first Australian to receive the award. Previous recipients include legendary heavyweights of world cinema like Jane Fonda, George Clooney, Robert de Niro and Meryl Streep Pictured: Nicole in the Hours. The role that won him an Oscar in 2003

First presented in 1973, Nicole will be the 49th recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award.

The ageless redhead has worked with some of the greatest filmmakers of the day over her four-decade career, including Stanley Kubrick, George Miller, Sofia Coppola, Jane Campion, Sydney Pollack and Lars von Trier.

Beginning her career in Australia, after being born in Hawaii in 1967, Nicole rose to fame as a child actor in films like Bush Christmas (1983) and BMX Bandits (1983).

His international breakthrough came with a Kennedy-Miller production, the 1989 thriller Dead Calm, starring Sam Neill (pictured)

His international breakthrough came with a Kennedy-Miller production, the 1989 thriller Dead Calm, starring Sam Neill (pictured)

She later won widespread acclaim playing a rebellious 1960s teenager in the Kennedy-Miller miniseries Vietnam (1987).

His international breakthrough came with another Kennedy-Miller production, the 1989 thriller Dead Calm, starring Sam Neill.

Nicole then directed three films with Mission: Impossible star Tom Cruise between 1990 and 1999: Days of Thunder, Far and Away and Eyes Wide Shut.

Nicole co-starred in the box office hit Day of Thunder in 1990 (pictured)

Nicole co-starred in the box office hit Day of Thunder in 1990 (pictured)

The couple married in 1990 when Kidman was 23 and divorced in 2001 after 12 years of marriage.

Some of Nicole’s major films include, To Die For (1995), Lion (2016) and Baz Luhrmann’s Australia (2008) and Moulin Rouge! (2001) – for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress.

Nicole, who has gone on to win praise from fans, peers and critics for her versatility, is one of the most honored actresses of her generation.

Her accolades include six Golden Globes, a BAFTA, two primetime Emmys and a Best Actress Oscar for Hours in 2003.

Nicole went on to win praise from fans, peers and critics for her versatility is one of the most honored actresses of her generation Pictured: Nicole in To Die For in 1995

Nicole went on to win praise from fans, peers and critics for her versatility is one of the most honored actresses of her generation Pictured: Nicole in To Die For in 1995

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