Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Scarlett Fever; Bafta Winner, 19, Tipped for Oscar

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Scarlett Fever; Bafta Winner, 19, Tipped for Oscar

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SHE plays pool with her teenage friends and is an unlikely Hollywood star. But now Scarlett Johansson is tipped to win an Oscar at only 19.

The teenager with natural good looks won best actress for her performance opposite Bill Murray in Lost In Translation at the Orange British Academy Film Awards last night. The win is likely to make the film an even bigger hit.

She amazed the audience when she turned up looking like Marilyn Monroe, wearing a silver satin Prada dress. But behind her glamorous appearance, Johansson tries to be an ordinary teenager - albeit one who is tipped to win an Oscar next week. She came to prominence as a 14-year-old in Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer, after the director spotted her maturity as an actress. She lives with her father and twin brother Hunter and is managed by her mother Melanie Sloan. Her parents divorced five years ago.

Johansson says she has only had two boyfriends.

She takes one of her cats, Gherkin, with her when filming. The young actress prefers playing pool with her friends to being photographed by paparazzi. She also lives in New York rather than Hollywood, insisting: "I'm a very private person."

Girl With A Pearl Earring director Peter Webber said: "She's a real person, not a fake Hollywood actress."

She confessed she hadn't expected to win the Bafta, despite being nominated twice in the same category. She was also nominated for Girl With A Pearl Earring, in which she stars as a peasant girl opposite Colin Firth.

"I am shocked," Johansson said. "I really thought I'd cancelled myself out, I never thought I would actually win - I am elated."

She went on: "It's still sinking in. Of course, you worry about achieving so much when you are so very young. But it is better to have it when you are young than to not have it at all, I guess. …

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