Gary Oldman says he's not getting carried away by Oscar talk surrouding his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
The actor's portrayal of British spymaster George Smiley in the big screen adaptation of John le Carre's novel has brought speculation he could be in line for his very first Oscar nomination.
The 53-year-old said: "It's never really bothered me (not to have been nominated before). I just go about my life and my thing and work. And there are moments in careers where the light shines on you, and you recede, you go back into the shadows. They are ups and downs in a career.
"I am flattered, to be very truthful. I'm enjoying it. ... I've heard it before, and it might be my time. I mean, for a nomination. I'd be happy with that."
The actor also reprises his role as Police Commissioner Gordon opposite Christian Bale's Batman in next summer's The Dark Knight Rises, the finale to director Christopher Nolan's acclaimed superhero franchise.
"I'm sworn to secrecy, and we're not allowed to really talk about it much. But I can say this much, that the story's terrific. That he's going to really go out with a bang," he said.
Filmmakers are also considering an adaptation of le Carre's follow-up novel Smiley's People, possibly incorporating elements of another Smiley adventure, The Honourable Schoolboy.
Gary said he would love to have another go at Smiley, another chance to take on the "ghost of Guinness".
Sir Alec Guinness played Smiley on television in a 1979 miniseries of Tinker and 1982's Smiley's People.
"He was a hero of mine, and just a big dragon to slay. And at the end of the day, I think he was perhaps there as a friendly ghost," Gary said.