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The stars of Hollywood and Seventh Avenue converged at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Friday to honor Nicole Kidman with the 18th Annual American Cinemateque Award, and all the attention left the actress feeling a tad overwhelmed.

“I feel a little ridiculous, and I’m slightly embarrassed,” she said, laughing. “I wish I were at home playing Scrabble.”

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Anna Wintour, Zac Posen, Naomi Watts, Natalie Portman, Chloë Sevigny, Adrien Brody, Sydney Pollack and Harvey Weinstein filed in to fete the star.

Tom Ford, one of the evening’s co-chairs, had no plans to discuss his own employment situation, preferring to focus on Kidman.

“I have no comment on anything tonight other than Nicole, whom I love,” said Ford. “For a fashion designer, she is physically incredible, obviously, but also incredible are her character, strength and intelligence. It sounds like a line, but I’m really not kidding.”

As director Baz Luhrmann put it, “She just brings life into a room, whether she’s filming or having a cup of tea. And she wears a killer frock.”

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