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Thursday 18 January 2018

Pike taking awards in baby steps

Rosamund Pike was a winner at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Award ceremony
Rosamund Pike was a winner at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuosos Award ceremony

Rosamund Pike has confessed she is finding awards season quite overwhelming just two months after giving birth.

The 36-year-old British actress has garnered plenty of nominations for her performance in Gone Girl, but admitted that after giving birth to her second son on December 2, 2014, it is hard to think about red carpet outfits and acceptance speeches.

Rosamund, who was one of the recipients of the Virtuoso Awards at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, revealed she is finding awards season surreal.

"Well I've never been part of it," she said. "And it's overwhelming, is the truthful description. And you have to just keep your feet on the ground making sure you keep earthed.

"Because this might never happen again in my whole career. I may never do another performance people enjoy so much or that gets that much attention. And it's a great moment.

"And I'm seeing it all through the bleary eyes of new motherhood which is really surreal, genuinely surreal."

Asked about picking her outfit for the Oscars, Rosamund said: "It's baby steps, it's one day at a time. It's what I'm going to wear tomorrow, is the primary concern.

"So we're creeping closer to that date so I'm starting to think... It's all exciting, it's a wonderful time."

She added: "But I am glad that it's happening after the ups and downs of a really actor's path of a career. I've had lots of disappointment, as well as some wonderful successes. So this capping that, I think means more than if I was 21 and this was my first job."

Rosamund was named a Virtuoso at the festival, along with Whiplash star JK Simmons, Chadwick Boseman, who plays James Brown in biopic Get On Up, Boyhood star Ellar Coltrane, who grew up on screen in the movie which was shot over 12 years, Selma's David Oyelowo, Fury star Logan Lerman and Obvious Child actress Jenny Slate.

Rosamund said she felt very honoured by the accolade.

She said: "Virtuoso is a wonderful word, I think, and seldom applied to actors, it's usually musicians who get to be virtuoso. It sort of suggests you've done an amazing flourish or a very difficult passage with great skill.

"And I'm glad, I suppose it shows that people think you've got skill. I've worked hard at this game, I've been in this game a long while now and always trying to be better and never really feel satisfied. So little things like this along the way - or big things - are great."

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