The next time Nicole Kidman appears on the big screen, she’ll be bringing the tears in the drama Rabbit Hole (have you seen the trailer?) The movie might put her in the pool with this year’s Oscar contenders, but until that’s official, Kidman is getting another statue. She will be honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 2011 Santa Barbara Film Festival on February 5, 2011.

The festival’s executive producer said:

“Honoring Nicole Kidman is so exciting for us here at SBIFF. He work is immensely diverse and with this year’s heart-wrenching and brilliant performance in ‘Rabbit Hole’ – a project she helped develop as well – it is exactly who we should be celebrating with the 2011 Cinema Vanguard Award.”

In the past the award has gone to notable actors like Vera Farmiga, Ryan Gosling, Peter Sarsgaard, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stanley Tucci and Christopher Waltz.

The award is meant for those who have taken risks and made unique contributions to film. I’d say Kidman matches their critieria. Her career spans over 20 years and features roles that some actresses only dream of taking on. Make sure you catch her in Rabbit Hole, opposite Aaron Eckhart, on December 17, 2010, it’s destined to hit you where it hurts.

What do you think of Kidman receiving this honor? Does she deserve it?