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Carey Mulligan: No booze at awards

Carey Mulligan is determined to stay off the booze for the rest of awards season.

The British actress revealed she drank too much at last year's Independent Film Awards in London, where she won the Best Actress gong for her role as schoolgirl Jenny in the film An Education.

"I was at the Independent Film Awards in London and I was hammered," she said at the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills.

"I didn't think I was going to win, so I was like 'ah whatever'. Then I got up there and it was lucky I kept it very short and got off the stage, so since then I've been very well behaved."

Carey, nominated for Best Actress at this year's Oscars, has clearly enjoyed this year's awards season and meeting some of her movie heroes.

"I'm really thrilled. It's been wild but great," she said.

"I've just accidentally bumped arses with Quentin Tarantino, so that's a surreal thing to happen! I've been following Kathryn Bigelow around quite a lot but I don't know if she's noticed and it's been lovely meeting Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren and Sandra Bullock.

"They've all been unbelievably kind and not intimidating. They could be a nightmare if they wanted to because they're so good, but they're lovely."

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