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Oscars 2015: 'The Phone Call' filmmakers now await producers' calls

Oscars 2015: 'The Phone Call' filmmakers now await producers' calls
Mat Kirkby, left, and James Lucas accept the award for best live action short film for "The Phone Call" at the Oscars on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (John Shearer / Invision/AP)

It wasn't a big surprise that "The Phone Call" snagged the Oscar for live-action short. The film stars Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (supporting actress for 2013's "Blue Jasmine") as a shy telephone help-line volunteer who receives a life-changing phone call from a mystery man played by Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (supporting actor for 2001's "Iris"). The star power gave the film a clear edge.

But backstage at the show, first-time Oscar winners Mat Kirkby (who directed and co-wrote "Phone Call") and James Lucas (who co-wrote) were absolutely humble, if a bit shamelessly eager, in the cutest possible way.

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"We were waiting so long to get Sally Hawkins; we literally waited a year," Kirkby said. "Now [Lucas and I are] both in Hollywood with feature scripts under our arms, so if there are any producers out there who would like to make a feature film by an Oscar-winning short filmmaker, um ..."

"God, that sounds good!" Lucas chimed in, cutting off his co-writer.

Kirkby sold his car to make the live-action short. How might Sunday's win help him make a possible leap into feature film directing?

"I hope it gives us a springboard into feature films," Kirkby said. "Everybody along the way made sacrifices. We hoped to make things we're proud of, but maybe this time some production company will give us a budget. We've proved what we could do without a budget, and it'd be nice to show what we could do with a budget."

The British commercial director said that it had taken them four long years "to get from pen and paper to making a short film," Kirkby said. "And now we find ourselves here." His advice to budding filmmakers: "Be tenacious and just keep going."

"And be stubborn," Lucas added. "Just go for it. Do it."

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