Oscars 2015: Mr Turner star Timothy Spall admits 'disappointment' at snub

The actor was snubbed by the Academy and Bafta despite rave reviews

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Timothy Spall has spoken out about his much-discussed Oscars snub, admitting he was “disappointed” when the nominations were announced.

The Mr Turner star won best actor at Cannes last summer for his role as the famous painter in Mike Leigh’s acclaimed biopic.

But 2015 has let the film down, despite Spall earning rave reviews and being hotly-tipped for Academy Awards success.

“I was disappointed,” he told the Evening Standard. “I think a lot of people were expecting me to be nominated and then all of a sudden you find yourself getting swept up thinking that might happen and then it doesn’t and then you just let it go.”

Spall was quick to add that he had no hard feelings towards the other nominees. “It’s other people’s time and they will be feeling good,” he said. “But merely to be even discussed means somewhere along the line people are taking notice.”

The 57-year-old had his moment at last night’s London Critics’ Circle Film Awards, where he won best British actor. “You get enough kicks in the arse so it is nice to get a few nods of approval,” he joked.

Richard Linklater won best director and best film for Boyhood, while Michael Keaton and Julianne Moore took home the best actor and actress gongs for Birdman and Still Alice.

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