And I'd like to Thank My Mother. for Putting a Tenner on Me to Win; ON THE EVE OF THE OSCARS KEIRA KNIGHTLEY TALKS ABOUT HER CHANCES.. Exclusive Scots Mum Sharman Places a Bet on Her Daughter to Win Best Actress Award at Tomorrow Night's Glittering Ceremony

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And I'd like to Thank My Mother. for Putting a Tenner on Me to Win; ON THE EVE OF THE OSCARS KEIRA KNIGHTLEY TALKS ABOUT HER CHANCES.. Exclusive Scots Mum Sharman Places a Bet on Her Daughter to Win Best Actress Award at Tomorrow Night's Glittering Ceremony


Byline: By Rick Fulton

KEIRA Knightley's Scots mum has put a tenner on her daughter to win an Oscar tomorrow to make up for saying she wouldn't win a Golden Globe.

The 20-year-old is up for the ultimate gong for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in Pride And Prejudice.

If she wins she'll become the youngest Best Actress winner in history.

But Keira is up against a formidable array of actresses including Reese Witherspoon, who beat her to a Golden Globe, Felicity Huffman and previous Oscar winners Dame Judi Dench and Charlize Theron.

Which is why perhaps her Scottish playwright mother, Sharman Macdonald, is being somewhat restrained with the bet.

Keira said: "My mum felt very guilty about saying I wasn't going to win a Golden Globe. When I was Oscar nominated she said that she'd put a tenner on me.

"Apparently my odds are only 33/1 though, so I think she'll probably lose the tenner, but it was very nice of her."

It was Sharman who broke the news to Keira that she'd been nominated for an Oscar - after being snubbed for a Bafta.

Keira was working in the Bahamas on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, the follow-up to The Curse Of The Black Pearl, when the announcement was made.

The actress said: "We'd been working nights, so I think we got in at something ridiculous like six in the morning. It was announced at nine our time, so I was fast asleep, and my mom came squealing in going 'you've got a nomination'.

"I think I actually looked up and went 'oh that's lovely', and fell back to sleep for three hours, and woke up giggling."

While Keira isn't the favourite to win the Best Actress award at tomorrow's 78th Annual Academy Awards, she will be one of the glamorous attractions.

But she's already feeling the pressure and has compared the Academy Awards to a 'dog show', claiming the red carpet parade makes her feel like a 'prize poodle'.

She certainly claimed the best dressed prize at the Golden Globes, though, in a pounds 3200 Valentino gown and pounds 1.5million worth of diamonds.

So has she made her mind up on what she'll be wearing tomorrow at the Oscars? She said: "I haven't a clue. I thought if I planned it too far in advance I'll just get really nervous.

"I am grungy, grungy queen. It's jeans and T-shirts with me. My fashion sense comes from whichever stylist has been hired for me because I'm so crass. I still believe I'm more of a tomboy than a girlie girl."

Keira, who was born in Teddington, Middlesex, to Sharman and actor dad Will, is the youngest of the Best Actress nominees for her role in the film adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel.

Keira said: "I was very lucky. I was19 when I played Elizabeth Bennet, I don't really think you can ask for more than that. It's all been very exciting. I can't complain."

Keira was just 14 when she was cast to play Sabe, Queen Amilda's decoy in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

Since then, her star has been firmly on the rise and Keira has become one of Hollywood's new young A-listers thanks to movies such as Bend It Like Beckham, Pirates Of The Caribbean - in which she starred alongside Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom - and Love Actually. …

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