Eddie Redmayne won't get "carried away" with Oscar glory.
The 34-year-old actor won the coveted Best Actor gong last year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything and being nominated this time around for his performance as transgender pioneer Lili Elbe could mean he walks home with a consecutive trophy, when the winners are announced.
Speaking about his nominations, the star mused: "I am not getting carried away. I still pinch myself about last year, let alone what is happening again."
Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon and Michael Fassbender will also battle it out in the category for Trumbo, The Martian and Steve Jobs respectively.
But throughout the build up to the star-studded ceremony Eddie has insisted Leonardo DiCprio will scoop the prize, and his first Academy Award ever, for his portrayal of frontiersman Hugh Glass in The Revenant.
He added: "In my mind it is pretty much certainly Leo's year and ?he really deserve?s? it.
"I am going along to enjoy the night. To be nominated again is just the greatest honour and especially in that company of actors."
Meanwhile, the Englishman is thrilled that British actors and filmmakers have been recognised in so many categories at the glitzy awards bash.
He said: "What I think is extraordinary this year is that out of 24 categories of nominations in the Oscars, there are Brits in 21 of them.
"And that is something worth celebrating because it shows the depth and breath of talent in our country."
But he'll be concentrating on soaking in the fun "circus" that is the star-studded ceremony, which he will be attending with his pregnant wife Hannah Bagshawe.
He told The Mirror newspaper: "It's impossible to get your head around what this circus is, but it's so much fun to be a part of.
"You try to just kind of pinch yourself and take stock of all the memories, so years from now you can look back on it and work out what it all was"
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- Bang! Showbiz