Heath Ledger says "Brokeback Mountain," which is nominated for eight Oscars, has already exceeded his expectations for the film.
The Ang Lee-directed movie about a longtime affair between two cowboys is nominated for best director, best picture and best actor for Ledger.
Other nominations include best supporting actress for Ledger's fiancee, Michelle Williams, and best supporting actor for co-star Jake Gyllenhaal.
"The movie's already exceeded any expectations I had," Ledger told reporters Wednesday at the Berlin International Film Festival. "I think pleasing Annie Proulx, the writer, and getting her nod of approval was the biggest success for me, for us."
Ledger was in Berlin to promote "Candy," a film that saw him return to his native Australia and star as a man who joins his girlfriend on a downward spiral into heroin addiction.
"It was incredibly liberating in the sense that it was the first film I've done using my own accent in about eight years," he said.