Bad news for Oscar hopefuls Keira Knightley and Dame Judi Dench – fellow nominee Charlize Theron doesn’t rate their chances of winning.
All three women are competing for the best actress award at next month’s ceremony.
They are up against Reese Witherspoon for Walk The Line and Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman for Transamerica.
Theron said: “I love Reese and it’s definitely her year, it feels like Felicity Huffman’s year too. I think it’s between those two.”
The South African-born actress is in the UK to publicise new film North Country.
She was nominated for her performance as Josey Aimes, a single mother who takes a job in an iron mine and faces sexual harassment from male colleagues.
The film is based on the true story of a group of Northern Minnesotan women who launched the first class action lawsuit for sexual harassment in the United States.
Both Theron and Witherspoon were on the Oscar trail in London today.
Witherspoon, 29, is on a whistlestop tour to promote Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line.
She earned her nomination for her role as Cash’s wife June Carter.
The actress visited the Oxo Tower before leaving for Paris.
Theron will be turning on the glamour tonight at a celebrity screening of North Country in Soho.
But the 30-year-old Theron insisted she looks ordinary away from the red carpet.
“I like pretty dresses and I have no problem going to a premiere and having someone make me look nice,” she said during a press conference at the Dorchester Hotel.
“But I don’t look like this when I’m at home. I don’t have three people curling my hair and putting 100lbs of make-up on me.”
Theron already has one Oscar under her belt, winning in 2004 for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster.
The former model, who lives with Irish actor Simon Townsend, also said she had no interest in fame – and was scathing about actresses who crave the limelight.
“I like getting attention for my films, but it’s not about being famous. If that’s why you wake up in the morning and get out of bed, you’re going to crash,” she said.
“I think we’ve taken a short vacation from what actors are supposed to do. People say I’m not glamorous in North Country – well, you go into a mine, you get dirty. That’s the reality of it.
“These actors who go to work and make it about themselves are ruining it for everyone else doing the job. You are there to service the story, it has absolutely nothing to do with you.”
North Country opens nationwide on Friday.