THE LEIGHTON PARK OSCAR WINNER
He has received many accolades but the greatest moment so far must be Jim’s Oscar award win for Best Supporting Actor in the film Iris in 2001. “That was pretty unbelievable, quite overwhelming really,” he says. “There you are with all these really famous and talented people, and suddenly you find yourself on the stage, totally embarrassed and looking at them as they applaud you. Then you have to say something.
It is one of those mad moments in life that you cannot quite believe is happening to you and afterwards you still cannot believe it happened.”
Jim has the Oscar safely tucked away, along with his Golden Globe and his BAFTA Awards. He says: “Maybe I am the only former Leighton Park pupil to win an Oscar, so some credit must go to the school – they did their best for me.”