British actress gets "An Education" in Oscar buzz

Wed Oct 7, 2009 7:33pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British actress Carey Mulligan plays a teen who gets seduced in "An Education".

But it's Mulligan who is wooing the critics with her first lead role in a movie.

Even though she remains cool about it, Mulligan's turn in the coming-of-age movie "An Education," which opens in the United States on Friday, has set Oscar watchers buzzing and led one U.S. movie critic to compare her to screen icon Audrey Hepburn.

Critics are impressed with how Mulligan, 24, played a 16 year-old in a romance with a grown man, but the actress said she cannot pinpoint what they see in her performance.

"The first time I watched it I was really upset, because I thought it was really boring," Mulligan told Reuters.

"If you watch your own face for that amount of time, there's nothing particularly interesting to you about your own face," she said.

As for those who say Mulligan could be nominated for a best actress Oscar for "An Education," the daughter of hotel industry workers said the buzz is bewildering.

"It's sort of a bizarre thing to think about," she said. "Obviously, it's really flattering."   Continued...

<p>Actress Carey Mulligan poses after a presentation of the European 'Shooting Stars 2009' award winners in Berlin February 9, 2009. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele</p>