The actress joins honorees Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway at the annual event celebrating showbiz ladies

By Beth Perry and Monique Jessen
Updated October 07, 2008 01:20 PM
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Nicole Kidman joined Hollywood’s biggest actresses – including Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lopez – for the 15th Annual Women in Hollywood Tribute Monday night in L.A.

Kidman, Hathaway and Berry were among the women who took home Icon Awards at the dinner and ceremony, hosted by Elle magazine at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills.

In one of her first public appearances since giving birth in July to daughter Sunday Rose, Kidman arrived sans husband Keith Urban, and wearing a Prada minidress. “It’s nice to be a part of a celebration,” she told PEOPLE. “It’s a lovely time to be working in Hollywood.”

At the awards ceremony later, her Bewitched costar Shirley Maclaine presented Kidman with her award and marveled, “She’s in the Meryl Streep category in my opinion. She’s, maybe with Meryl, the two best.”

Kidman’s fellow Aussie actress Isla Fisher also gushed about her. “She’s kind of the acting equivalent of a nine-gang jujitsu master yellow belt,” said Fisher.

The Wedding Crashers actress accepted the Calvin Klein Spotlight Award from pal Courteney Cox, who called Fisher “a truly amazing mother” as Fisher’s fiancè, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, proudly filmed her acceptance speech on a handheld camera.

Meanwhile, a Roberto Cavailli-clad Berry, who brought her boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, beamed as Diane Keaton welcomed her on stage. She told the celeb-packed audience about how Keaton wrote an inspirational note to her after her Oscar win for Monster’s Ball, which she often refers to. “I always go back to those words Diane, that winning wasn’t everything.”

Hathaway, who wore Marc Jacobs, described the evening as “wonderous-strange.” The actress also wore her heart on her sleeve as she accepted her award from her Get Smart director, Peter Segal: “Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton, you won’t find a woman in this room who won’t kiss your feet, myself included,” she gushed. “And should any of the honorees need an organ, call me.”

The evening’s other attendees included Leah Remini, Eva Mendes, Kate Beckinsale, Jenny McCarthy, Kerry Washington, Nicolette Sheridan, Sheryl Crowe and Sharon Osbourne.