Mirren hoping for Oscar recognition for 'Hitchcock'

Helen Mirren is hopeful 'Hitchcock' will win big at the Oscars.

The biopic based on Alfred Hitchcock's relationship with wife Alma Reville has received plenty of "buzz", particularly for the performances of Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock and Mirren as Alma.

The actress - who already has an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in 'The Queen' - thinks it would be "wonderful" for a small-budget movie to succeed at the Oscars.

Speaking at the 'Hitchcock' premiere in London on Sunday, she said: "I'd feel great for the movie. It would be so wonderful for the movie because it's not 'Les Miserables'. You know what I mean?

"We can't afford big advertising, so any recognition on any level is always a great help. I think the film deserves it. It's a wonderful film. It's funny, it's smart, it's original. That would be lovely."

The film's director, Sacha Gervasi, added: "I don't even know if there is Oscar buzz. I'm really happy [about] anything where the film is talked about.

"It was literally a miracle to get this movie made, so those sorts of discussions are plus, plus, crazy."

The film's title star Hopkins - a former Best Actor Oscar winner for his chilling portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in 'Silence of the Lambs' - is nonchalant about the film's awards buzz.

He said: "If it happens, it happens. I don't think about it."

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