AN EDUCATION star Carey Mulligan failed to impress her family with her first Academy Award nomination - her busy mum hung up when she called to break the happy news.
The British newcomer learned on Tuesday (03Feb10) she's in the running for the Best Actress prize at the 2010 Oscars - but when she telephoned her mother Nano, a college lecturer, she was told to call back later.
Mulligan explains, "I phoned up and said, 'Mum, mum, mum! I got nominated for an Oscar!' And she said, 'Oh fabulous, I'm just with a student - can you call me back in 45 minutes?'"
And the 24 year old admits she was so nervous about the nomination announcements, she didn't get any sleep the night before: "I honestly thought I was going to throw up. It was really, really nerve-wracking. You can have as many people as you like tell you that you're going to get nominated but it doesn't feel possible until it happens."
Mulligan will compete against Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Dame Helen Mirren and Gabourey Sidibe for the golden statuette at the Los Angeles ceremony next month (Mar10).