Mike Leigh doesn't think Lesley Manville stands a chance of winning an Oscar for her role is his film Another Year.
The 54-year-old British actress' performance as the lonely-hearted friend of a married couple, played by Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen, in the Happy Go Lucky director's new film has been hailed at festivals and by critics, but has already missed out on a Golden Globe nomination.
Mike said: "I say this with no rancor or bitterness - it's just a cold and simple fact - we are outsiders... This is a Hollywood operation, and the movies that win are the Hollywood movies, on the whole.
He added: "But I cannot see how anybody really could seriously suggest that there is any performance by an actress in any current film that is actually - in terms of real, solid, creative, extraordinary, star-quality screen acting - better than what Lesley Manville does."
But awards hype aside, Lesley is hoping the success of Another Year will bring her work in Hollywood.
She said: "It'll be very good hopefully, because it'll open up the possibility of working here, which would be very nice.
"I have an amazing career in England. I do the best theatre there is around, I make films with Mike, I do some nice television when I want to. It can't really get much better there.
"I'd love to come here and work with some interesting directors and have the next adventure."