Helen Mirren might get the chance to thank her muse in person. 

A day after the veteran performer was honored with a Best Actress Oscar for her role as the reigning British monarch in The Queen, plans are already in the works to get those two together for tea.  

"It is speculation but we are looking at a number of options," a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said Monday.  

While, as Mirren demonstrated so effectively in Stephen Frears' drama, Queen Elizabeth II isn't one for making a big public to-do about things, the palace rep said that she was "sure that the queen will be pleased" about Mirren's big win Sunday night. 

The 61-year-old Mirren, who seemingly picked up every trophy award season has to offer on her way to pocketing Oscar gold, made her character's real-life counterpart the focus of her acceptance speech. 

"For 50 years and more, Elizabeth Windsor has maintained her dignity, her sense of duty and her hairstyle," Mirren quipped. "She's had her feet planted firmly on the ground, her hat on her head, her handbag on her arm and she has weathered many, many storms." 

Touting the queen's "courage and consistency," Mirren raised her statue and said, "I thank her because if it wasn't for her I most certainly would not be here. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Queen!" 

In an interview with Barbara Walters for the newswoman's 26th Oscar Special, which aired Sunday after the ceremony, Mirren said that, before taking on her critically acclaimed role, she "didn't have any strong feelings about the subject. 

"I was brought up in a very anti-monarchist household," she told Walters. "I don't know what my parents would have thought of me playing the queen, let alone sympathetically, ultimately." 

After embodying the monarch, which required studying hours of tapes and spending hours in the makeup chair, however, Mirren said that she had grown to like, even love, the queen. 

"I kind of fell in love with her as I researched her and started playing her," the Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning actress said.  

The Queen takes place in the aftermath of Princess Diana's death in 1997, during which the world mourned and U.K. residents looked to the head of the royal family for emotional guidance. Instead they were met with the monarch's usual propriety and reserve, which they interpreted to be stony silence.  

British Prime Minister Tony Blair, played by Michael Sheen in the film, called Mirren a "very special actress" Monday and said that her Academy Award was "richly deserved."

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