Emma keeps her Oscars®...in her guest bathroom! In the privacy of the "loo," guests can pick up her Oscars without having to ask permission, she says. Plus, the brass bath fixtures and golden statuettes are a perfect match!
Emma believes these awards changed her life and career. Growing up in England, Emma says she never realized how important the Academy Awards were because they weren't broadcast in Britain. In 1992, when she arrived in Los Angeles as a first-time nominee, the significance began to sink in. During the awards, Emma's own mother said she didn't have a "snowball's chance in hell" of winning...but she did! "I was totally shocked," Emma tells Oprah.
After the awards show, Emma says she wrapped her Oscar in a pair of socks and put it in her purse for the flight home. The gold-plated statue set off airport security alarms, and the screeners asked to unwrap the mysterious cargo from its sock casing. "It was as though they had unveiled the Ark of the Covenant," Emma remembers. "They all passed it around saying, 'Oh, look! Can we hold it?' ... It was very, very moving to me."
Across the pond, Emma says she was removed from the Hollywood hoopla, and her first Oscar win didn't seem to change her life much. It wasn't until her second win for Best Screenplay that the offers started pouring in. "Everyone asked me to write every single script," she says. "They want screenwriters who have a profile. ... But, of course, I'm the sort of writer that can only write when I really, really feel passionate."
When Emma is asked to write a screenplay, she says one of the first questions she asks is, "How many years do you have?" Though she writes four hours a day, Emma says she goes through hundreds of drafts before her scripts are ready for production. Emma also doesn't like using computers—she writes everything long hand with a pen her late father gave her years ago. "It's like my magic pen," she says. "I've written all my scripts with it."
It took Emma five years to complete the award-winning screenplay for Sense and Sensibility, and she spent nine years working on her most recent film, Nanny McPhee. Not only did Emma write the film, she also took on the snaggle-toothed title role!
As Nanny McPhee, Emma uses magical powers to wrangle seven unruly children into shape, but in real life, she has to rely on old-fashioned parenting methods to teach her daughter proper manners. "I'm strict about manners," she says. "I think that kids have a horrible time [with other people] if they have bad manners. ... The one thing you've got to be prepared to do as a parent is not to be liked from time to time."
While Oscar® nominees walk the red carpet in designer duds and wait anxiously for a statuette of their own, Emma says she'll be sleeping soundly. In London, the Academy Awards are on in the middle of the night, so Emma plans to watch the next day.
Like Diane, Emma predicts that Reese Witherspoon will walk away with the Best Actress award. She's also rooting for her old friend Ang Lee to win the Best Director honor for his work on Brokeback Mountain
Emma and the billion
people expected to tune in to the Oscars will have to wait and see!
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