Lesley Manville has revealed her disappointment about missing out on an Oscar nod.
The British actress had been hotly tipped to receive a best actress Academy Award nomination for her critically acclaimed performance in Mike Leigh’s Another Year, but was snubbed in favour of Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Annette Bening and Michelle Williams.
“[I am] disappointed, but it’s been a crowded year this year – there are lots of good performances by actresses,” she said on the red carpet at the Critics Circle awards in London.
“I’m disappointed for the film really, because I feel a lot of us did our best work in it, although it is nominated for best original screenplay.”
Lesley, who was voted British Actress of the Year at the awards, is looking on the bright side though.
“You have to see a plus in that, because there have been many years where there’s not been many great parts for women and they’re struggling, but this year has been a bumper year,” she continued.
“At the end of the day, it’s the work that matters. A lot of people have seen the film, certainly in America, and like it, and a lot of people who didn’t know me then now do. So it’s a win-win situation.”
Despite missing out on an Oscar, Lesley is up for best supporting actress at the Baftas, while the film is nominated for best British film.