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A smart balance of dry British wit and honest dish, nominated director Mike Leigh checks in with the Guardian UK for a diaristic account of his own personal Seven Days of Oscar. He's refreshingly candid: going home 0-5 on 1996's Secrets and Lies was "devastating - we'd bought into the hype and we'd believed we'd do well"; when the Best Actress Oscar goes to HilarySwank instead of Imelda Staunton, he has one word to say, and it starts with "f", and it's not "Fantabulous!" Dashed hopes aside, Leigh reveals himself as a world-class gossip: read the rest here, in order to find out what happened to Leigh's ex-wife at the Chateau Marmont in 1991, where to get the worst osso bucco in all of Los Angeles, and what political accusation (which Leigh never made) that Warren Beatty vehemently denies.

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