Colin Firth has no memory of receiving his Oscar.
The actor won the Academy Award in February, for his role as stuttering monarch George VI in The King's Speech.
But the star, 51, still can't remember receiving the golden statuette, saying: "No, that's what's completely extraordinary but I think when major things happen to us, whether good or bad, there's a slight shock.
"It has a slightly numbing effect."
The Tinker Tailor Solider Spy star said the Oscar - which came following a nomination the previous year for A Single Man - has given him more freedom.
"In terms of one's attitude to it, you can either see it as pressure to live up to something or as taking the pressure off and going, 'Well, I've got that now. I'll do whatever the hell I please'.
"And that's a far more pleasant way to see it," he said.
:: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is showing in cinemas now.