The Oscars shortlist has been announced, with Helen Mirren, Colin Firth and newcomer Carey Mulligan leading a bumper crop of British actors set for disappointment at this year’s ceremony.
There was some excitement at the nomination of up-and-coming Mulligan, who is hotly tipped to be beaten to Best Actress by Sandra Bullock. ‘It’s a huge honour to be named as one of the new generation of British losers,’ she told reporters.
Mirren, who accidentally won an Oscar in 2008 for impersonating the Queen, said she was ‘over the moon’ at the chance to redress the balance by not winning for Britain this year. ‘This country has a long tradition of not doing very well at the Oscars,’ she said, ‘and I hope to do justice to that tradition by losing out this year, probably to Meryl bloody Streep.’