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Michelle Williams has been nominated in the Best Actress category for this year’s Academy Awards for her work in the film My Week with Marilyn in which she portrayed the iconic Marilyn Monroe.
Williams, however, said she wasn’t even aware the significance of the day that the Oscar nominees would be announced, as she was absorbed in the daily routine she has with Matilda, her 6-year-old daughter with the late Heath Ledger.
"It slipped my mind, which is something that's so great about having a kid. You get really absorbed,” she told Ann Curry Thursday on the Today show.
Williams explained that instead of watching on television, she was instead at a friend’s home for breakfast when her friend yelled to her "Michelle, they just called your name on TV."
"It was a very sweet way to hear that news," she said of her reaction.
The actress said that her relationship with her daughter is her priority, and gives her strength in her work life.
"She gives me balance, and I know that any risks that I take in my work are actually safe, because nothing really bad can happen there. My success as a parent is what matters most to me," she said.
Still, the actress is grateful for the nomination.
"I am so grateful to be acknowledged by the Academy for my work, which was made possible by the support of our director Simon Curtis and the camaraderie of a terrific ensemble of actors — a special congratulations to [co-star] Kenneth Branagh — and the fearless Harvey Weinstein," Williams said in a statement. "This role has been the challenge and privilege of a lifetime. I would like to think that the recognition our film has received by the Academy is a testament to Marilyn's legacy."