Hollywood A-lister Edward Norton insists he's never been seduced by the lure of the celebrity lifestyle - and labels The Oscars as nothing more than a "pageant".

The 25TH HOUR star - who's been twice nominated for a Best Actor gong - also dismisses the popular belief that winning an ACADEMY AWARD leads to a more successful film career.

But Norton still attended last month's (23MAR03) ceremony - because his girlfriend Salma Hayek was up for a Best Actress prize for her role in FRIDA.

Of his own nominations for Primal Fear and American History X, he says, "It's certainly a compliment. But, without disrespecting it, it's a pageant that the industry puts on every year.

"Art is not a competitive medium. I remember talking to FRANCIS McDORMAND. The year I was up for Primal Fear, she was up for Fargo. She won Best Actress, but a year afterwards she said, 'I can't find a good part!' It's not a currency."

25/04/2003 13:34