Carey Mulligan's Oscars distraction
Carey Mulligan has revealed she tried to distract herself from the Oscar nominations by watching Mel Gibson's new movie.
The 24-year-old - who is up for the best actress gong for her role in An Education - went out to see Mel's thriller Edge Of Darkness, followed by Requiem For A Dream, a film about drug addiction.
She said: "It was so trippy - it gave me something else to think about."
Carey was thrilled when she discovered she had been nominated.
"It was like a really good, friendly punch in the stomach," she said. "It's a good feeling, but it's like a jolt. You can be in as many top-five lists and have as many people say things to you on red carpets as you like, and it doesn't for a single second make you honestly think that you're going to get nominated."
Nick Hornby, author and screenwriter of the movie who was also nominated for best adapted screenplay, was full of praise for the young actress.
"She's got so much going on in those eyes, in the face - the animation, the intelligence," he said.
"I used to joke to people that one line we were never going to get in a review was, 'This is a great movie, but unfortunately Carey Mulligan sucks,'" said Hornby. "Without her, we were completely sunk. There's a radiance about her."
The performance has brought countless comparisons Carey to Audrey Hepburn, who was also nominated for her first Oscar at the age of 24.
"I've always been so embarrassed by that comparison," said Carey. "You feel like Shrek compared to Audrey Hepburn. It's a really nice comparison, but it just seems so mad."