Congratulations to British bombshell Helen Mirren who, it was announced this afternoon, has been nominated for her second Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as the wife of War and Peace author Leo Tolstoy in the historical drama The Last Station. Christopher Plummer (still best known as the captain in The Sound of Music), who plays Tolstoy, has also been nominated – as Best Supporting Actor.
Helen – who, unlike many of her contemporaries, seems to become more of a bombshell as time goes on – already has an Oscar statuette on her mantlepiece for her scarily realistic performance as the monarch in The Queen. She will be contending with Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Sandra Bullock and Gabourey Sidibe (the star of Precious) for this year’s trophy.
Check out this year’s Oscar-nominated performance when The Last Station – which also stars Scots husband and wife team James McAvoy and Ann-Marie Duff – comes out in the UK on February 19.
The ceremony takes place in Hollywood on March 7 – we’ll bring you a whole week of Oscar-preview fun in the run up to the biggest night of the movie calendar.