Oscar sound bites

Heyman, Mirren, Scott recount Oscar memories

David Heyman
Producer of the “Harry Potter” series of films

“I went with my mother (Norma Heyman). She was nominated for (picture for) ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ in 1988. It was the first time I’d ever been to the ceremony. I went as her guest. We sat in the front row. I kept on saying, ‘Relax, Mum, relax,’ and grabbing her hands and almost breaking them, I was holding on so tight.”

Helen Mirren
Two supporting actress noms (“Gosford Park,” “The Madness of King George”)

“My favorite Oscar memory is standing at the bar, getting drunk with my husband (director Taylor Hackford). I wasn’t nervous (in 2002 for “Gosford Park”) because I’d been nominated before. First nights of plays make me nervous.”

Ridley Scott
Three director noms (“Thelma and Louise,” “Gladiator,” “Black Hawk Down”)

“I think I changed my speech about 95,000 times during the show (when he was nominated for “Thelma and Louise”), so then my speech was an unreadable mess. If I’d won, you’d have had the most inarticulate person on television. And that (realization) was a really bad moment. When I didn’t win, it was kind of a huge relief. The disappointment followed later.”

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