Another quickie – This time it’s Tom Hooper discussing how much more enjoyable the ceremony is without the pressure of a nomination, and talking about Les Miserables. (see all our BAFTA coverage including the full winners list and other interviews here).
I presume you get invited to these forever now that you’re a winner.
‘I know. I’m presenting this year, but it’s amazingly relaxed. I can’t tell you the difference between last year. There’s a lack of stress arriving in the car, but it’s obviously nice to be here having won last year, that’s the nicest way to do it.’
Presumably though last year it was almost a foregone conclusion.
‘Not from where i was, and not at this stage in the year. In fact, when I started I never thought I could win the Oscar, so in a way the pressure mounts the more it’s possible rather than decreases.’
And obviously back in the saddle this year with Les Mis.
‘Yeah, I start shooting in five weeks time in Pinewood Studios with Hugh Jackman, Russel Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Sascha Baron-Cohen, Helena Bonham-Carter, Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne. It’s an outrageously wonderful cast.’
Anyone you’ve not cast in it?
‘Unfortunately Victor Hugo didn’t write enough parts to get every wonderful actor, but I’ve got a few’
At the start of this year it was being touted as a 2012 release, but there have been rumours that it will slip to 2013. Is there any truth in that?
‘We’re still looking to make the December date. Because it’s very tight we’re all being careful about it, but we’re still on the December date’.