Mark Rylance Says He "Would Never" Campaign For Oscar: "How Embarrassing"

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"It seems very demeaning and time-consuming," says the 'Dunkirk' star, who won best supporting actor for 'Bridge of Spies' in 2016.

As the five-star reviews for Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk continue to roll in from around the world, the early Oscar buzz is already gathering steam. 

But while many agree that Nolan is deserving of a nod in the best director category (his first) and there are likely to be numerous honors for cinematography and other behind-the-camera work, among the ensemble cast, while praised, only Mark Rylance has been tipped as a possible contender for best supporting actor. 

Not that the actor — who plays a British civilian who sets off in his yacht to save marooned troops on the French coast — is likely to push for it. 

Speaking to London's Time Out magazine, Rylance explained that although he won best supporting actor for Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies in 2016, he had been too busy with a stage play to take part in the prior awards campaigning, but "wouldn't" have gotten involved anyway,

"How embarrassing to campaign for an award, to sell yourself," he said. "I would never do that. It seems very demeaning and time-consuming. Fortunately, I didn't have to have the philosophical debate, because I was busy."

However, Rylance's non-participation may have actually aided his victory, or at least made Academy voters take notice. 

He added: "I'm told it caused quite a ripple in L.A."