Michael Caine dishes on former co-star Beyonce's Oscar dreams

Michael Caine has described his former co-star Beyonce as a "very competent" actress.

Michael Caine has recalled how Beyonce once spoke to him about her desire to win an Oscar.

The Hollywood veteran and the music superstar both appeared in 2002 spy comedy Austin Powers in Goldmember, in which Beyonce won praise for her performance as Foxxy Cleopatra.

However, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Michael opened up about a chat he once had with the former Destiny's Child singer on the set of the project, and how she was very open about her acting goals.

"I knew she was a singer and had a group. I asked her one day, 'What do you want to do with your life, Be-yons?' I always called her 'Be-yons.' And she said, 'I want to win the Academy Award for acting,'" the 85-year-old remembered. "She was very good in the movie, a very competent actress, and I thought she could get somewhere with this. She's gone far beyond my world. She's so big now."

To date, Beyonce has continued to dominate the music industry with her hit songs, winning 22 Grammy Awards, and receiving 66 nominations. She also has 25 MTV Video Music Awards to her name, though the closest she has come to the Academy Awards was for her performance in 2006 musical movie Dreamgirls, in which she played the lead character, Deena Jones.

Though she didn't score any nominations, three songs she sings in the film - Listen, Love You I Do, and Patience - were nominated for Best Original Song, while Dreamgirls garnered nods in eight categories at the 2007 edition of the prizegiving, with Jennifer Hudson eventually receiving the golden statuette for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Effie White.

Beyonce, 37, has since had other acting roles, including in 2008's Cadillac Records, in which she played Etta James, while she is currently voicing the role of Nala in Disney's upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King.

She was at one time also attached to star in Clint Eastwood's A Star Is Born remake but had to step down when she fell pregnant with her daughter Blue Ivy, now seven.

Eastwood subsequently abandoned the project and Bradley Cooper took over as director and star, recruiting Lady Gaga to play his onscreen love interest.

Gaga was nominated in the Best Actress category when the Academy Awards nods were announced on Tuesday (22Jan19).

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