Despite being 85-years-old, it is not the flashbulbs and celebrity faces that French actress Emmanuelle Riva fears most about her forthcoming trip to the Oscars. Riva - nominated for Best Actress for her sparkling turn in Michael Haneke's Amour - says the plane journey from Europe to Hollywood is making her feel nervous.
It's likely that Riva never expected to be buying a ticket to Los Angeles - her latest movie, about age, friendship and love, won acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, though she was never considered for an Oscar before the nominations were announced. Speaking to The Wrap about hearing of her nod, Riva explained, "I found out in New York, I was there for the critics circle award. The 10th of January, early morning. My neighbors who help me when I travel shouted for joy. I was barely awake. They were screaming, 'You're nominated!' I stayed very calm. I got up and said, 'I'm not nominated.' Of course I was very happy." A couple of weeks back, the category of Best Actress at the Oscars was considered a two-horse race, between Silver Linings Playbook's Jennifer Lawrence and Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain. However, Riva won the same award at the BAFTAs on Sunday (February 10, 2013), adding an air of intrigue to the result on February 24, 2013. On how she plans to go about her business at the Academy Awards, Riva said, "I am very calm in the face of all of this. I am 85 years old. I am not going to flop about like a fish. What makes me nervous is these hours on the plane. Frankly, it seems like a hell of a journey to me. It's so long. But I will do things to the end. I will fall in someone's arms if I need to."
Previously, Riva was best known for her role in the 1959 French New Wave classic 'Hiroshima Mon Amour,' directed Alain Resnais. In 'Amour,' she plays a wife losing her physical and intellectual grasp on life.
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