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Actress Janet McTeer muses on her Oscar nomination

Will she take home a best supporting actress award tonight? Maybe. But she’s rooting even harder for Albert Nobbs costar (and Maine neighbor) Glenn Close.

First Person / Janet McTeer

Photograph by Robert Ascroft

> In 2000, you were a best actress nominee for Tumbleweeds. Does it feel different this time? It feels way more fun, much less scary. Particularly for English actresses, Hollywood is so far away from anything that we remotely imagine. It doesn’t feel so far away now.

> Given that you’re English, are you even allowed to say that you want to win? I don’t particularly want to win. I’m very, very happy being nominated. Seriously. Anything else would feel greedy.

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> Are you worried about the Oscar actress curse? Winning really seems like the worst thing that ever happened to Hilary Swank, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman . . . I think people imagine that if you win, you’ve then got to do something equally great in the next 10 minutes. But, unless you’re named Meryl Streep, you will carry on, and maybe you’ll never get another Oscar nomination. I know what you mean, though. Hollywood doesn’t know what to do with them once they’ve won.

> Does Hollywood know what to do with actresses in general? They’re doing a pretty good job. Just look at the nominations this year. The actresses nominated are, for want of a better phrase, grown-ups. So it is getting better.

> Do you and Albert Nobbs costar Glenn Close hang out in Maine? We definitely hang out. We don’t live that far away from each other.

> What do you do? Kayaking. What I was going to do for my 50th birthday last year, which I didn’t get around to for all sorts of reasons, was kayak down the Allagash with Glenn.

> Are you almost happier for her best actress nomination than you are for yourself? I’m way happier for her than I am for me. She worked for this for 15 years. She just deserves the accolades, not only for being wonderful as Albert, but for sticking with it.

> So, tonight at the Oscars, will you be preoccupied with how she does? I’ll probably be preoccupied with not falling over on my [expletive] – in my high heels, which I never wear –  and probably falling out of my dress. I shall probably be like a teenager on prom night. I shall enjoy every second of it.

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