Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Janet McTeer is enjoying her time in the Academy Awards spotlight for “Albert Nobbs” much more than she did when she was nominated as Best Actress in 1999 for her portrayal of a single mom in “Tumbleweeds.” The reason: “It’s easier because it’s a bit less scary,” she explains.
“I suppose I’m older and wiser so I suppose I can take it more lightly. I know more people here now. I’m more likely to bump into a lot of mates. When I first went to the Academy Awards, I knew not a single person. You think, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to do the wrong thing, fall over my dress, do something embarrassing and lose every friend I’ve ever met and end up without a dime in my pocket,” she dead-pans.
Now, she says, her feeling is, “How lovely. What an honor to be included and see all these wonderful people.”
The RADA-educated, Tony and OBE-awarded actress was quoted in the past, talking about the whole Oscar business as “silly” and noting that the English tend to be embarrassed by the idea of admitting they’d like to win, whereas Americans have been known for declarations about the nominations constituting the best day of their lives and such.
Reminded of that statement, she says, “I would probably say the best day of my life was the day I got married, as opposed to the day I got nominated. It’s a wonderful thing, not a defining thing. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean to sound trollish. I think they’re wonderful. I think they’re a great honor. And it’s absolutely fantastic for the film — how many more people will see it and see what Glenn (Close) has achieved. I’m grateful for that, and genuinely, hugely flattered.”
McTeer’s awards season whirlwind continues. She has the big screen chiller “The Woman in Black” starring Daniel Radcliffe opening Feb. 3. She’s also been busy with projects for the BBC and HBO, and a German film, in addition to her upcoming guest arc on Close’s “Damages.” She tells us, “I’ve been going back and forth, racing back toMaineto see my family whenever I could. I live inMaineand work inNew York. Truthfully, I think when we get to March I’ll vacation for a week.”