Oscar acceptance advice: Don't cry

Dame Helen Mirren has recommended a dose of British stiff-upper lip for prospective Oscar winners.

Helen Mirren won the award for Best Actress for her role in 2006
Helen Mirren won the award for Best Actress for her role in 2006

She took home the Best Actress statuette in 2006 for her role in The Queen.

And when asked to advise this year's batch of British nominees, who include Steve McQueen, Sally Hawkins and Chiwetel Ejiofor, her tips were simple.

"Try and be succinct. And don't cry," she said.

But Dame Helen admitted that standing up in front of a worldwide audience to make an acceptance speech is a daunting task.

"The thought of all those millions and millions of people all sitting around getting drunk, ready to criticise you, is quite intimidating," she laughed.

Speaking at the Great British Film Reception honouring British nominees, the 68-year-old rubbed shoulders with 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen - and she admitted she was rooting for the "important" film.

"It's been an amazing year for film," she said.

Obviously I'm supporting 12 Years a Slave, because it's a British film, and I think it's a very important film, so i would love it to get at least one Oscar."

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