Carey Mulligan on Fashion Advice from Anna and Competing Against Meryl

02/22/2010 at 02:30 PM ET

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Having already appeared once in Vogue, is Best Actress nominee Carey Mulligan taking editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s advice on what to wear to the Oscars? Not according to Mulligan, who has visions of her own. “Anna said I should wear short for the Oscars,” says Mulligan. “I was like ‘No, that is so not what I had in my head when I was six years old!’” Despite turning down Anna’s fashion tip, the 24-year-old is hardly ready to attend the Academy Awards on March 7. “It’s beyond wild,” adds Mulligan, who has been nominated for her role in An Education. “I haven’t got a dress or speech planned. I haven’t got any of that stuff yet!” And while nominations may have come out several weeks ago, Mulligan admits that it really only sank in at the recent nominees luncheon. “You’re made to stand on this bank with all the other nominees like graduation, and are called up one by one to get your certificate. You just go ‘wow. I’ve actually got some written proof that this has happened!’” So does she think she can win? “It is beyond crazy to be up against Meryl Streep,” the actress adds. “She is the best actor on the planet. So it is really hard not to be overawed. Meryl Streep is the queen!” But Carey does have fans on her side, including director Quentin Tarantino, who says, “She is fantastic. I haven’t done my voting yet and I haven’t decided between her and Gabby [Gabourey Sidibe]. It is actually one of the tougher ones and I don’t think I’ll be able to choose until I’m there ready to write it.” –Phil Boucher

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Toni on

Way to get my attention! The headline made it seem like a slap in the face — (Carey Mulligan turns down Anna Wintour’s Fashion Advice) Not many people would question Anna Wintour – but it would be a bit daring to wear a short dress to the Oscars.

Matt on

Yeah, I saw the headline, and my jaw dropped. I have a new-found respect for Carey Mulligan. Not many people in Hollywood have the grace, or the cajones, to turn down Anna Wintour’s advice. Now I can’t wait to see what she wears on the Oscar’s Red Carpet.

Sam on

She is so darling! I can’t wait to see what she wears and to see her in more films.

Laura on

Good for Carey! I would never wear a short dress to the Oscars. It may be a once in a lifetime opportunity to go (though I hope not for her sake)and I would never wear something someone else told me to. Poor Jennifer Hudson was forced into wearing that space age jacket but thankfully took it off during the program.

John on

Turning down Anna’s advice is beyond foolish-she’ll never work in this town again!

Long live Anna!

Sandra on

Kind of surprised……..but should not be.

annie on

Thank god your not taking Anna Wintours advice,i mean didnt she put poor Jennifer Hudson in a spaceage bolero when she was nominated?or one of her flunkies,the odd Andre Talle?Another example of the emporers new clothes!!!!Good for you Cary!!!!

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Suzanne on

She is darling- long is lovely BUT short shows her legs and her SHOES!

marion on

“I haven’t got a…speech planned.” Presumptuous much? Carey- you’re a great actress; but if you’re reading this- YOU WON’T WIN. Savoir the experience without the nerves. You’re going home empty handed on the 7th.

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i LOVE LOVE the dress she is wearing in this photo.

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Good article, I was moved

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