Jude Law was too busy to attend Sunday's (27FEB05) Academy Awards ceremony - so he was unable to counter host Chris Rock's scathing attack branding him a "second choice actor".

Despite starring in a plethora of hit movies in recent months, the Cold MOUNTAIN star wasn't nominated for an OSCAR this year (05), so he had rely on his new All the King's Men co-star Sean Penn to defend him.

A spokesperson for Law says, "He's filming in Louisiana, and SIENNA (MILLER) is with him there on holiday. As he wasn't nominated or presenting an award this year, he didn't see any need to go."

02/03/2005 14:36