Swinton pleased with Oscar buzz
Tilda Swinton has admitted she is grateful for the Oscar buzz surrounding her film I Am Love, as it is helping bring the film to a wider audience.
The British actress - who won an Oscar for her part in George Clooney's Michael Clayton in 2008 - stars as a Russian woman living in Italy in the film, which she co-produced with her director friend Luca Guadagnino and spent years bringing the project to the screen.
Tilda told Deadline of the awards whispers: "Having worked on this film for 11 years and made it in Italy with my best friend, I've been astonished that it got any distribution at all let alone widely in the States and very well reviewed in the States. It's wonderful to us that people are even still talking about the film, let alone still seeing it.
"On the one hand, it's this whole melting pot thing where people start jettisoning their memory of all sort of fantastic films. On the other hand, I suppose people start remembering things that they liked."
But the actress admitted she was disappointed Italy had not chosen I Am Love as their entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Tilda said: "In a funny way we the producers were not surprised. We were disappointed, but we were not surprised. I had no idea what the criteria were that the selection committee were going by.
"We thought the Oscars is an American affair, and it's an American prize, and we thought that maybe it would be a good idea to choose a film that had gone well and at least been distributed in America, let alone been well received."