Gary Oldman has compared his Oscar nomination to "a fairytale" and said it was better than any amount of money.
The 53-year-old Londoner, who has never been nominated before despite some acclaimed performances, is in the running for best actor for his role as George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Oldman - whose best actor rivals are Jean Dujardin, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Mexican Demian Bichir - described his nomination as "amazing".
"I'm deeply honoured to be part of it. I've decided to completely embrace it," he said.
"I'm having the time of my life. It's a fairytale. The shift of perception - you can either be incredibly overwhelmed by it or embrace it and run with it. So I'm thrilled. I'm hanging out there with George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
"The Oscar is better than the money. I was being a bit glib. The villains are the ones you do for the money. Very expensive. But they will be now."