Madonna picked up an early Academy Award nomination for her role in "Evita" - from herself.

At a news conference Wednesday in London, she was asked whether she expected to be an Oscar nominee in February for her starring role as Evita Peron in the musical, and whether that would mean a lot to her."Yes and yes," she said.

The pop star was in London for the premiere of the movie. The film opens in the United States on Christmas.

Madonna doesn't know how to top her past acting performance.

"I keep thinking about that. This is going to be a tough act to follow," Madonna said.