Not because the Luxembourg-born actress was expecting it to be ignored, but she had completely forgotten the nominations were even happening.

“I was doing press work in Berlin, and the journalists asked if I was nervous, and I said, ‘Eh?'” she laughs, recalling the day the nominations were announced.

“Because I’ve been travelling so much, when I get home, I really try to just be home, with my kids, my book, my neighbours and my grocery store, I just try to forget about everything and switch off.

“And I completely forgot. I didn’t know it was that day, so the interviews were going on all day, and at one point a woman opened the door and said ‘So congratulations you have six nominations’ – and I was very happy.”

Those nominations include best picture, best director for Paul Thomas Anderson and best supporting actress for Krieps’s co-star Lesley Manville.

Naturally, Daniel Day-Lewis also received a best actor nod for his role as dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock – said to be the 60-year-old’s last before he retires from acting.

But what a way to go out.

The film, set in a fashion house in the 1950s, follows Woodcock as he designs dresses for movie stars, royalty and socialites.

Early in the film, we see him meet a young woman (Alma, played by Krieps) who becomes his muse. Together, they quickly develop a complicated relationship.

The film was described by the BBC’s Caryn James as a “brilliantly nuanced, psychologically complex story about obsession, love, control and surrender”.

Although it’s not always clear who is controlling whom.

Of the film’s heightened emotional atmosphere, Krieps says: “Every scene you see which was very intense, felt like that [to film].

“The fashion show scene looks fun but it was intense for me, I wanted Alma to not be too perfect, so I didn’t want to prepare, so I only allowed myself to prepare one or two days before.

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