A lovely piece about the Oscars, by Mike Leigh, still an "outsider", even though he has been nominated three times and has won two awards for one film: And not even the goody bag goes to ...
With three nominations for Vera Drake, the acclaimed director Mike Leigh took a deep breath and set off, again, for the Oscars. Here is his brilliant account of a week in which he partied with Clive Owen, Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty alongside the rest of Hollywood's A-list. From The Observer:
The car for Heathrow is due at 12. At 11.40 a package suddenly arrives. It's a DVD: 'Tips For Academy Nominees: What To Do If You Win', introduced by Tom Hanks. My partner, Charlotte, and I sit down and watch it, secure in the knowledge I won't have to do anything. It's hilarious - everybody getting it horribly wrong, including Gwyneth Paltrow's legendary breakdown, which is a scream. click for more