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Janet McTeer talks Oscars pros and cons, Glenn Close and 'Damages' (Q&A)

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02/24/2012 by Nichole Hamilton

Janet McTeer appears to be calm as she prepares for the 2012 Academy Awards, which could see her taking home her second Oscar, but there is one thing she is not looking forward to doing.

"The moment where you have to stand and have your picture taken - I absolutely hate that bit," she told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "Because I just feel, I don't know, self-conscious - who doesn't? The rest of it, when you bump into everybody and you hello to people and you look at all of these wonderful, glorious people wearing all those glorious frocks - I love that bit."

The 50-year-old British actress is nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role for "Albert Nobbs," which marks her second Oscar nod. She earned her first for her part in the 1999 movie "Tumbleweeds."

McTeer faces Oscar competition from Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer of "The Help," Berenice Bejo of "The Artist" and Melissa McCarthy of "Bridesmaids."

"Albert Nobbs" is set in 19th century Ireland and depicts a time when women weren't encouraged to be independent. Close plays a woman who poses as a man, named Albert, so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most posh hotel. She meets a house painter, portrayed by McTeer, who is also actually a woman in disguise. She becomes Albert's mentor.

Close, who is also nominated for an Oscar, stars in the show "Damages." McTeer was also recently confirmed to appear in the fifth season.

McTeer recently sat with OnTheRedCarpet.com at The Academy Awards luncheon, an annual event that was held this year at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 6, to talk about the film, her co-star and the Oscars.

The one thing I have to say I really enjoy about you is, from the SAG awards and then backstage here at the Oscar luncheon today, you really do celebrate everybody else.

JANET MCTEER: "Oh that's nice, thank you."

You get the fact that it's an honor to be here, it's a privilege to be here, and you enjoy that moment. When some people can't relax and do that.

JANET MCTEER: "Oh they don't?"

"No!"

JANET MCTEER: What, are they too scared?

"Yeah!"

JANET MCTEER: "What makes you think I'm not scared?"

I don't think you are - because I think you appreciate it. You also have been here before and you know what it's like.

JANET MCTEER: "Yes that's also true."

Why is it like that? Why is it not a competition?"

JANET MCTEER: "I guess because I don't consider acting to be a competition, and I think to be singled out, to be in the best category, that's enough - anything else really is just a cherry on the cake. It's just such a pleasure to be able to hang out with all of these fabulous people who you otherwise necessarily wouldn't meet."

Whether you win, or Glenn wins, the one person I know for sure who wins, is Albert Nobbs.

JANET MCTEER: "Oh, that's nice."

Because people will see this movie more and more, because you're in it, and because Glenn and you have these Oscar nominations- and that really is a victory for films that don't open in 4,000 theaters.

JANET MCTEER: "It's fantastic - a little film with not a lot of money to do it, and not a lot of money behind it. And you know the make up team are here as well, which is fantastic...It's just, you know, you do something in order for lots of people to come and see it, so something like this means more people will see it. And you do it because you love it, and just think it's a wonderful story."

Why is it so important to you - you singled out Glenn backstage today - you really would like to see her take this home?

JANET MCTEER: "I would, but in the same way, she's already won, because we're here. It would be lovely if she did, it would really be the icing on two cakes - just because she's so great and it's just such a wonderful project that she's championed for so long. And because she's a dear friend, and I love her."

What do you have on the horizon? Will you possibly be back here again next year?

JANET MCTEER: "I won't be back here next year, I can't afford it. I can't afford the dresses - I have bills to pay. I'm working with Glenn, oddly enough, doing "'Damages.'"

I love "Damages!"

JANET MCTEER: "How great is that? I know, I know. And let me tell you something - I've seen season 4. Oh yeah."

Really? Are you in the whole season?

JANET MCTEER: "I'm in season 5."

So season 4 is shot and we haven't seen it yet, and you're in season five?

JANET MCTEER: "And I've seen season 4 - now you're really jealous of me aren't you?"

The awards ceremony is set to air live on ABC on Feb. 26, 2012. Check out the full list of nominations for the 2012 Oscars, which honor outstanding film achievements of 2011. You can also download the official Oscars app.

Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television and special correspondent for its entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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