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Plummer pragmatic about Oscars

Christopher Plummer may be the hot favourite to walk away with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, but he remains pragmatic about his chances.

"Let the chips fall where they may," the 82-year-old shrugged.

"It is exciting. It's fun and great, but one mustn't take it too seriously, because if one did, one wouldn't get any work done."

Plummer, who has already won a Golden Globe, Bafta and Independent Spirit Award for the role of a widower who comes out as gay in his 70s in Beginners, described the film as "uplifting".

"It's a positive and enchantingly moving and touching little film, and without any sentiment or self-pity, it's very positive about dying, and about coming out of the closet at the age of 70," he said.

"I think it is an uplifting film, and I think those who've seen it have agreed with me."

Meanwhile first-time Oscar nominee Janet McTeer has likened the experience to an invite to the "biggest party in the world".

The Newcastle-born actress, who's up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Albert Nobbs, added: "It's an honour, of course it's an honour, but mostly it feels unreal."

Fellow Brit director Stephen Daldry has admitted Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close's Best Picture Oscar nomination "caught him by surprise".

The Billy Elliott filmmaker said his movie had divided critical and public opinion. "I think it's a polarising film, some people enjoy it, some people find it very moving, and some people find it deeply obnoxious," he said.

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