Film newcomer CATALINA SANDINO MORENO is still in shock following her Best
Actress OSCAR nomination for MARIA FULL OF GRACE - because she thought the
movie was only ever destined for TV broadcast.
The actress - who left her native Columbia to live in New York - remains
"in total disbelief" to be competing with established stars ANNETTE BENING,
KATE WINSLET and HILARY SWANK for the prestigious prize at this year's (05)
she never expected her debut screen performance to result in such public
And Moreno - who plays a drug smuggler in the HBO-produced film - is
struggling to comprehend how a made-for-TV project has attracted so much
Recalling the moment she learned of her nomination, she says, "It was a
mixture of everything. I was talking to my mother, I had my boyfriend right
beside me. I was watching my face and my name. It was so unreal - a total
disbelief that it's
happening. It's just unreal. This is unreal! This can't be happening!
"When I heard that HBO was going to be producing it, I thought it was
going to be on HBO, the channel. And I was so happy because my mother had cable
and I was like, 'Oh my God, Mom, we can see it on HBO! We can just lay here in
bed and watch
"I never thought it was going to be released. I never thought it was going
to be in festivals, I never thought I or the movie could win something. And
everything happened. It was just a dream that I never dreamt."