Bill Murray: Contemplates Oscar chances

Friday September 14, 2012

TORONTO -- Most stars shun the "O word" -- Oscar -- when they might be in the running for an Academy Award, not wanting to jinx their chances or look too eager.

Bill Murray has no problem dissecting Hollywood’s highest honors.

A best actor nominee for 2003’s "Lost in Translation," Murray could have Oscar prospects again as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "Hyde Park on the Hud son," a comic drama that played the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival.

Murray won a string of key prizes for "Lost in Transla tion" leading up to the Oscars.

When he lost on Oscar night, it was a lesson not to get your hopes up too high, Murray said in an interview.

"You can’t get all ramped up and amped up about this thing all the time," Murray said. "I mean, I got excited about it once, and it was odd. I won literally all the prizes all the way up to the last one. And I really thought, well, ‘I’ve just to go get this thing, I’ll be right back.’

"And then I didn’t win, and I thought, ‘Well, that’s odd. How odd is that? I’m feeling so odd now.’ And I came all dressed up and didn’t win. So I’m not going to get all crazy about that."

Murray has a practical attitude about the value of his awards prospects this time: If he’s got Oscar buzz, it will draw audience attention to the film.

"The great thing about the Oscars that’s cool is it means people are going to see your movie. That’s really the deal."


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