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Tuesday 26 May 2015

Helena predicts dress 'catastrophe'

Helena Bonham Carter has predicted an Oscar dress catastrophe for herself
Helena Bonham Carter has predicted an Oscar dress catastrophe for herself

Helena Bonham Carter has predicted that her Oscar night outfit will be "a catastrophe".

The actress is well known for her individual sense of style, and she is certainly not promising to tone it down come Oscar night.

"It's probably going to be a catastrophe, but I'm going to go for it," she said during the Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills.

However the actress, who famously wore mismatched shoes for the Golden Globes ceremony, said she still had 'no idea' what she would wear for the big day.

"There's always indecision," she said. "Of course I want to have fun. I promise you I'll wear the same colour shoes.

"Quite frankly, as my boyfriend [director Tim Burton] knows, right up to the last minute it can go wrong at any time," she added. "I can be going quite good, then suddenly I can go off piste. We'll see."

Helena has been nominated for playing the Queen Mother in the King's Speech, and admitted she found it daunting to take on such an iconic role.

"When they first approached me, I wanted to play George because I thought that was the best part," she joked.

And she didn't have that much time to research for the film, which has scored an impressive 12 Oscar nominations.

"I only had three weeks," she said. "As we all know the Queen Mother lived for such a long time so every biography is at least five inches thick. I took a short cut and I talked to [Queen Mother's biographer] Hugo Vickers."

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