What were you doing when you heard the announcements, especially best adapted screenplay for "Philomena"? I'm in L.A. right now in a hotel. The phone rang like an electric shock and woke me from my slumber. I was sort of sleeping, half sleeping in a slumber, but I knew what it meant. Are you excited? (Laughing) It's sort of frightening really. I'm at the big boys table. It's fun. ["Philomena"] is something I pursued for a long time, a project that I wanted to do. I wrote something that was from the heart and sincere. No one gave me a note, it was all collaboration. The film we made is exactly what I wanted. It was the perfect storm. All those things that are supposed to happen to make something great. What was your backup career if you didn't act? Maybe writing. I've always written everything I've done. I, maybe, would have written stuff for other people. I'm not super efficient, not well organized (laughs), I just have a good imagination and good observation. I'm fortunate to be in an industry where my imagination can fly like a child. I don't know what the hell I would have done. God knows. I'm lucky I wound up in this.
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