Keira Knightley: It would be lovely to win Oscar for Colette

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 October 2018
Keira Knightley at Colette premiere

Keira Knightley at Colette premiere

Keira Knightley believes the reason her latest film 'Colette' has received so much Oscar buzz is because people have connected with the biographical drama

Keira Knightley thinks it would be "lovely" to win an Academy Award for 'Colette'.

The 33-year-old actress portrays real-life French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, who was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948, in the biographical-drama movie and she is proud it has generated so much Oscar buzz because that means people have responded to the film in a "great way".

Speaking to TalkRADIO at the UK Premiere of 'Colette' at the BFI London Film Festival at Cineworld in London's Leicester Square, she said: "It's lovely, the buzz, I mean whether it happens... I mean hey that would be lovely wouldn't it? But I think that anytime Oscars get mentioned for a film I think what you know is that the film worked. And that people are really responding to it in a great way and that's why you make films that's the whole purpose of it so that's great."

The 'Pride & Prejudice' star channelled her writer alter ego by reading Colette's works – which include 1944 novella 'Gigi' – and she feels "super lucky" to have been able to "see the world through her voice".

Speaking to BANG Showbiz, she said: "What's wonderful about playing a writer is that you can literally read her books and see the world through her voice. So I think I was super lucky about being able to delve into Collette's work and I knew like little bits of it and I knew Cheri but I never read the Claudine novels. And Vagabond which is the first one she wrote under her name and it was just delicious it was a joy to research. I just found it very empowering that I stood tall when I played her you know I think that she was a woman that lived without shame. She lived without shame in her sexuality and she lived without shame in her voice and I think still you know women in our culture are asked to hide their truths. They're asked to hide their experience and I think playing someone who didn't do that who refused to do that is amazing."

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