She’s an Academy Award-winning actress but Tilda Swinton has only watched the Oscars once — because she was nominated.
Swinton reveals she never bothered to watch the Oscars until she attended the 2008 ceremony where she won the award for Best Supporting Actress in the George Clooney-directed political thriller “Michael Clayton”. And, she tells Rolling Stone, she hasn’t watched the ceremony since.
Despite it being her first time watching the show and her first and only Oscar win to date, Swinton has little memory of the big night.
“Please don’t remind me of what I said,” she requests. “Funnily enough, at that time, I’d never seen the Oscars on the television. I knew that it was a big deal but it didn’t have any real impact in my life. I remember being a little bit disappointed that it wasn’t more magnificent, [that] it wasn’t in a bigger room.”
The actress admits she owes her disappointment over lacklustre Oscars telecasts to the 1992 Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston romantic drama “The Bodyguard”.
“That was the only time I’d ever seen the Oscars and it was in a much pumped-up version,” she says of one of the film’s pivotal scenes set during the ceremony that features hitmen firing bullets on stage. But alas, that didn’t happen the year Swinton attended. “Nobody ran across the stage or got shot or anything!” she exclaims.