Tom Cruise skipped the Oscars on Sunday to “avoid an embarrassing confrontation” with Nicole Kidman, according to DailyMail.com exclusively.
Insiders said Top Gun: The Maverick star wasn’t at the party because his ex-wife was there — after their acrimonious divorce more than 20 years ago.
Cruz’s film was nominated for six awards, including Best Picture.
Cruise and Kidman split in 2001, due to her refusal to join him in the Church of Scientology.
“Tom wasn’t there because she was there, and he didn’t want to go through another run,” a source told DailyMail.com.
Happiest of times: Cruise and Kidman (pictured in 1992) divorced in 2001 after 12 years of marriage amid rumors of his commitment to Scientology that drove a wedge between them
Cruise and Spielberg hugged each other warmly at the 2023 Academy Awards luncheon, where the director was heard to say that Cruise “saved Hollywood a**.”
However, sources close to Cruise have claimed his absence was not “personal” and nothing more than scheduling difficulties, though they haven’t specifically responded to the claim that it was related to Kidman’s presence.
Cruz, 60, and his ex-wife didn’t show up at the same Oscars this year and haven’t been seen at the same event in years.
Kidman, 55 — who walked the Oscars red carpet with country singer husband Keith Urban, 55, before packing on serious PDA during the show — was notably absent from the Oscars lunch her former Scientologist attended last month.
Cruise was seen cuddling with Steven Spielberg during a lunch on Feb. 13, where the director is heard in a video telling him that Maverick “saved Hollywood a** by bringing audiences back to theaters.”
His ex, with whom he shares two children — Connor, 28, and Isabella, 30 — was notably absent from the event.
Picture perfect: Kidman and Urban couldn’t keep their hands off each other at the Oscars, which her estranged former Scientologist didn’t attend.
Kidman met Cruise in 1990 when the two were filming together in Days of Thunder, a movie about auto racing.
She was 23 years old, and she came from Australia, and was not known in Hollywood. That all changed when the stars sparked a real-life romance while filming.
After 12 years of marriage, Cruz left his wife in 2001, leaving her in a state of “utter shock.” He filed for divorce that same year, citing “irreconcilable differences”.
According to reports, the real reason he dumped her was because of her refusal to join the Church of Scientology.
In 2012, Kidman opened up about her painful breakup with Cruise in an interview with DuJour magazine.
I thought our life together was perfect. It took a long time to heal. She said it was a shock to my system.
We were in a bubble, just the two of us. We have become very dependent on each other. I’ve been reeling with Tom,” she told the outlet. “I’d go to the ends of the earth for him…. I was absolutely smitten—I fell madly, passionately in love.”
Looking back, she told the outlet that she was “naive” to think Cruz was always happy for her. She also said that she was “happier” because she was “more than ever”.
I live at a friend’s house in Nice. My daughters with me, Sunday Rose, who is four, and Faith Margaret, who is two, gushed Kidman.
Kidman and Cruise haven’t had an interaction in over a decade.
In fact, Kidman also hasn’t spoken to the two kids she’s adopted with Cruise — Isabella, 30, and Connor, 28 — in years.
Isabella and Connor are both loyal members of the Church of Scientology like their father.
Kidman was recruited by the church and branded SP, which stands for Suppressive Person. As a result, she was separated from her family.
In a 2015 interview with Australian magazine Who, Kidman broke her silence about her relationship with both children.
They are adults. Kidman said they are able to make their own decisions, adding “They make choices to be Scientologists and as a mom, it’s my job to love them.”
EPIC END: A photographer captured this photo of Nicole leaving her lawyer’s office when her divorce from Tom was finalized in 2001
That same year, Kidman also spoke about her divorce from Cruise during a speech at the Global Women’s Summit in New York City.
I was running for my life at that time. I couldn’t handle the reality of my life,” she told the audience.
At the Cannes Film Festival in May 2022, Cruise was celebrated with a 10-minute montage that included excerpts from his entire career, which spans four decades.
The montage excluded Kidman, who made three films with her ex-husband during their marriage.
She’s not talking about being ignored from Cruise’s highlight reel. Meanwhile, he has not spoken publicly about the failure of their marriage.
In 2006, Cruz married actress Katie Holmes. They divorced in 2012 and his ties to Scientology allegedly caused the breakdown of their marriage. The couple’s daughter, Suri, who is now 16, is not related to her father.
He attended the Oscars lunch on Feb. 13 because “his schedule allowed for it at the time,” a source close to Cruise said he skipped the Oscars because he’s in the UK filming Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning 2 but he Follow her to watch the ceremony.
Sources say he is “very pleased Maverick has received this recognition and is very proud of the film”; adding that he “didn’t skip the show because it wasn’t nominated.”
“Tom worked hard on the movie and supported it in every way he could, if I allow work.”
Top Gun: Maverick centers around Captain Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell thirty years after the original film. In the flick, he is forced to deal with ghosts from his past. Elite graduates on a mission that requires the ultimate sacrifice from those selected to fly
Although Cruise wasn’t present at the 2023 Academy Awards, producer Jerry Bruckheimer was slated to accept the award if Maverick won Best Picture.
The movie starring Cruise was nominated for Best Picture alongside Elvis, Avatar: The Way of Water, All Quiet on the Western Front, and The Fabelmans. It beats everything at once in this category.
Cruz was not nominated for his performance in the film. Austin Butler has been nominated for his role in Elvis, as well as Bill Nighy for Living. Brendan Fraser won for his brilliant performance in Whale.
Maverick is also nominated for Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Film Editing, Sound, Visual Effects, and Music (Original Song). The only award the film won was for Sound.
Kidman has been nominated for five Academy Awards in the Best Actress category, and in 2002, she was awarded the prestigious Gold Cup for her stunning portrayal of Virginia Woolf in The Hours.
Oscars winners 2023: At a glance
Best Picture: Everything everywhere at once
Best Actress: Michelle Yeoh – It’s all over the place at once
Best Actor: Brendan Fraser – Pisces
Best Supporting Actress: Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything in Everywhere at Once
Best Supporting Actor: Ke Huy Quan – Everything’s Everywhere at Once
Best Director: Daniel Cowan, Daniel Scheinert – Everything in Everywhere at Once
Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Daniel Cowan, Daniel Scheinert – It’s All Over the Place at Once
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Sarah Polley – Women Talking
Best Animated Feature Film: Guillermo del Toro, Pinocchio
Best International Feature Film: All Quiet on the Western Front
Best Documentary: Navalny
Best Film Editing: Paul Rogers – Everything is everywhere at once
Best Music (Original Song): “Naatu Naatu” by RRR
Best Soundtrack: Top Gun: Maverick
Best Visual Effects: Avatar: The Way of Water
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