Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Broadbent terrified by Oscar nod

Jim Broadbent says being nominated for an Oscar was scary

Jim Broadbent has admitted that he found it so terrifying being nominated for an Oscar that he wasn't sure whether he wanted the recognition.

The Bridget Jones's Diary actor won an Oscar in 2002 for his role in Iris with Judi Dench, but told an audience at Bafta for a Life In Pictures interview that the enormity of the situation made him question whether he wanted a nomination.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, he said: "It was very scary being nominated for an Oscar. I seriously debated whether or not I wanted to be nominated for an Oscar. It was a weird journey [the Oscar campaign] but exhilarating."

Jim got his first ever award at the 1999 Venice International Film Festival where he won best actor for Mike Leigh's Topsy Turvy and said that winning changed things for him.

He explained: "I became awardable. Winning awards changes your attitude to yourself. That [Venice award] put me on the map. The Golden Globe [that followed for Iris in 2002] was completely shocking. And then there was the Oscar nomination."

Jim stars as Mr Gruber in the upcoming Paddington, due to be released in cinemas in 2014.

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