March 14th, 2011
06:45 PM ET
If you believe Gwyneth Paltrow's pal Mario Batali, the actress deserves an Academy Award for her performance at this years CMAs. The celebrity chef says he doesn't believe the polished Paltrow was at all intimidated to sing in front of the powerhouse country crowd.
Prior to making her live-singing debut at the November 10 event, Paltrow admitted in a radio interview, "If I don't faint, if I can just get through it, it'll be OK. Most people start in a bar, then a bigger bar, then maybe a theater. You're not supposed to just start at the CMAs. It's a little scary."
But Batali, who appeared with Paltrow on the 2008 PBS food-and-travel series "Spain… On the Road Again," isn't buying it.
"I think it looked good that she looked a little nervous at the Country Music Awards," he told Vulture of her "Country Strong" performance. "I thought she was playing nervous," he added. "She's a talented actress."
If Paltrow was actually fearless, it's only because she did plenty of prepping before taking the Nashville stage.
"I studied Beyoncé a lot and her concerts for her kind of confidence," Paltrow, who is married to rocker Chris Martin, has revealed. "I'm lucky that I know some singers in real life."
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