Date: 14th March 2003
Film director Anthony Minghella fears rumours over Nicole Kidman's relationship with Jude Law could cost the Australian actress an Academy Award.
Minghella, who directed Kidman and Law in their new movie Cold Mountain (2003), insisted the "poisonous" rumours that the two were having an affair were false.
Claims that they became close during the five months of filming in a remote region of Romania strained Law's marriage to British actress Sadie Frost and the couple was reportedly close to splitting.
Photos published in newspapers last week showed Kidman touching Law's knee during a crew party in Romania, but Minghella dismissed reports that the pictures proved they were having an affair.
"Nobody seems to care about the facts getting in the way of the story. There have been so many poisonous things written about Nicole recently," Minghella was quoted as saying in British newspaper, The Evening Standard.
He said Kidman deserved to win the best actress Oscar for her role as Virginia Woolf in The Hours, but he was worried the rumours could influence academy judges.
"She deserves an Oscar. I think at this moment there is nobody better than her," Minghella said.
"She has made some incredible choices for roles and she is a wonderful actor."
Law has already said he will not attend the Oscars in Los Angeles on March 23 to avoid further media speculation about his relationship with Kidman.
Source: Press Release