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Oscars: David Seidler has a case of the nerves

February 27, 2011 |  6:24 pm

Heading into the Academy Awards on Sunday, David Seidler was largely favored to win the original screenplay prize. But only an hour before the ceremony began, "The King's Speech" screenwriter said he was terrified to head into the Kodak Theatre.

"This is intimidating. This is very strange. It's like going into the Coliseum," he smiled, looking around at his surroundings on the red carpet.

"I'm an Oscar virgin," he continued. "I'm expecting it to be kind of terrifying and nerve-racking until it's all over and then I will relax and get my life back, I guess."

After winning the original screenplay award, the 73-year-old Seidler quipped, "My father always said I would be a late bloomer."

-- Amy Kaufman

Twitter.com/AmyKinLA

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