That Time Nicole Kidman And Naomi Watts Kissed On Stage While Wearing Shower Caps

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Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts Women in Film Crystal + Lucy awards June 2015

Last night Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts kissed on stage during the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards. They were wearing shower caps. No, that's not some weird Australian tradition (at least as far as I know). There was a reason for the kiss, and I think it was meant to send some kind of powerful feminist message, but it was a little lost on me.

First, some context. Nicole was receiving the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film. According to E! News, during her speech, Kidman talked about being offered a role in director Jane Campion's student film A Girl's Own Story at age 14. Nicole turned it down, because the role required her to kiss a girl and wear a shower cap, and she was not so into those two things.

She says, “I wanted to be the kind of actress with long flowing hair [who] kissed boys.” I can understand not wanting to kiss a girl, and I could also understand not wanting to cut her hair, if that were the requirement. But really? No shower cap? That's a dealbreaker? Huh? Whatever, teenagers are weird.

Nicole continued, “I was not ready to do the kind of work that threatened anybody,” and then she declared that she was finally ready to wear the shower cap… and to kiss the girl — the girl being her friend and fellow actress Naomi Watts, who also donned a cap.They didn't put their hair up into the caps, though, so doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose? I'm focusing on the wrong details here, aren't I?

Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts kiss Women in Film Crystal + Lucy awards June 2015

Before the kiss, Nicole gave a bit of an explanation for how it all relates to women in film and feminism and rah rah girl power:

“Let's pledge together today to be there for that girl, to support her artistically, emotionally [and] financially. Let us create opportunities for her and teach her to manage that inner voice that is trying so hard everyday to hold her back. Let us show her that she is strong, smart and talented and she deserves every part that might interest her and at equal pay, too.”

She added, “Let's stand tall and never ever apologize for it.”

Yeah, I agree, but what does that have to do with you not wanting to kiss a girl or cover your hair when you were 14? Nicole was just a normal teenager uncomfortable with something normal teenagers are uncomfortable with. And it's not like that decision held her back from being successful. Also, just nitpicking here, but not everyone deserves every part they're interested in; otherwise auditioning would be irrelevant. Okay, I'll shut up now.

(Photos: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Women In Film)