Jeff Bridges won't feel guilty if he beats Colin Firth to the Best Actor prize at this year's Oscars.

The 61-year-old star triumphed over Colin - who was nominated for his performance in A Single Man - at last year's Academy Awards for his role in Crazy Heart and he admits he is quite comfortable with the prospect of defeating The King's Speech star again.

Jeff - who is nominated this year for his turn in True Grit - said: "I don't think I'd feel too guilty, no. Just let it fall where it may."

However, the seasoned actor has confessed he does feel guilty for not watching all of his fellow nominees' films.

Jeff - who has watched The King's Speech - said: "I feel bad as I haven't watched as many of the films out this year as I should have. But the ones I've seen are terrific. The King's Speech is wonderful. And I like Winter's Bone."

Jeff also said he doesn't mind the endless promotion that comes with being in a film that's nominated for an award and has found that his win last year has helped his career.

He said: "It's great to be acknowledged by the guys for what you do. There's an element of my job that's like being a barker at a carousel. But after you put all that energy into a film, it's great if people come see it.

"Winning the Oscar has helped me in other ways. I'm currently making an album with T Bone Burnett. That comes directly from the success of Crazy Heart."

- BANG! Shwobiz