Friday 13 December 2019

Lesley Manville: I’m like a giddy 12-year-old over Oscar nod

The actress said she knew her film Phantom Thread had all the right ingredients to be great.

Lesley Manville (Matt Crossick/PA)
Lesley Manville (Matt Crossick/PA)

By Julia Hunt, Press Association Entertainment Reporter

Lesley Manville has said she feels like a “giddy 12-year-old” over getting an Oscar nomination.

The British star, 61, is nominated for the best supporting actress award for her performance in Phantom Thread.

Speaking at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, where she won the supporting actress prize, Manville said: “When my friend rang me and said I had got an Oscar nomination, I mean I was very happy with my Bafta nomination, but an Oscar as well!

“I should be old enough to be quite calm about it but inside I’m a giddy 12-year-old. It’s great.”

The historical drama about a dressmaker who falls in love with a younger waitress was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and also stars Daniel Day-Lewis.

Daniel Day-Lewis (PA)

Manville said: “Paul Thomas Anderson’s films are always anticipated keenly and so are Daniel’s films, so I knew the ingredients were going to be great, and he makes films that have a rather rarefied appeal.

“It is just a wonderful film.”

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