Michael deserves to lift an Oscar for 12 Years A Slave, says Brenda Fricker
Actress Brenda Fricker wants to see fellow Irish star Michael Fassbender win an Oscar this year.
Fricker (68), won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for My Left Foot in 1990, and is one of the voters who decide which nominee gets the coveted statuette.
"I get to vote in the Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director categories every year," she said.
"The Academy sends you hundreds of DVDs and you have to spend all bloody day looking at them, making note of who's who and then fill out a form they send you, of who you think is worthy."
She admits she would like to see Michael Fassbender take home the prize for Best Supporting Actor, for his part in 12 Years A Slave.
"Fassbender has been on such a quick rise, but it would be lovely to see him win. He's very good," she said.
An A-list star, Fricker says it is tough for the current generation of big movie names to defend their privacy.
"It's dreadful how invasive it is. But then, the younger people, they don't know anything else do they? That's all they know -- the way the industry is these days," she says.
"People my age went through golden age of cinema, when it was a much nicer business to be in than it is now.
"Today it's a very unpleasant place and I don't envy the rising stars like Saoirse [Ronan]. Good luck to them, I genuinely mean that," she said.
"You have to be very, very tough and I got tired of being tough -- it's not in my nature.
"I was constantly standing up for myself because you have to fight for your place, that's your job," Fricker added.