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Oscars panel: Debra Tysall

Pleased overall with the nominations, lots of first-timers in there, which is always exciting, and I am pleased of course by the Brit mini-invasion, go girls!

Debra Tysall
Name: Debra Tysall
Lives: British but live in Los Angeles
Occupation: Several jobs, used to be a chef
Favourite all-time film: Shawshank Redemption with LA Confidential also up there

I'm pleased that Jake Gyllenhaal has not been left out, his performance is every bit as compelling as Heath Ledger's in Brokeback Mountain. I was worried he was going to be this year's Paul Giamatti - who missed out for Sideways.

I'm pleased that Crash has been recognised too.

I am however very disappointed that The Constant Gardener missed out on a nomination for best director and/or best picture, and no nod for Ralph Fiennes either.

What can I say about George Clooney, his three nominations really are a major achievement, could he pull off a treble?

Could he become a member of that oh so exclusive club of actors-turned-directors, joining the likes of Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen, Robert Redford, Kevin Costner and Warren Beatty. I would love to see it, but I don't think its going to happen.

It's going to be a very exciting night!

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