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Oscars: Tom Hooper promises to be sober for 'Oprah'

February 27, 2011 | 10:07 pm

Hooper The long slog of awards season may be over for Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper, but he's still not done talking about "The King's Speech."

He's already been booked to make an early Monday morning appearance on "Good Morning America," followed by a stop at Oprah's annual Oscar special.

"I don't think I'm going to go to bed for a while. [But] I don't want to be the first person to go on 'Oprah' drunk, so I'll try to restrain myself," he said backstage, moments after receiving his statue.

Hooper said the success of the film made him realize that he needs to continue to search for good stories, as before uncovering "The King's Speech," he "didn't quite believe there were masterpieces sitting unread in attics."

"I kind of thought the system worked -- that there were scouts, and if there was a good script, we'd all know it," he said. "But this play failed to be produced as a fringe theater play. This play was going nowhere when I came to it."

Though he's eager to leave the awards trail behind, Hooper said he's going to miss his newfound friends, Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, with whom he claims to have an "extraordinary connection."

"We had a rehearsal period of about three weeks, and I just think we kind of became incredibly good friends ... and we're all friends for life," he said. "There's something about the way I was shooting them -- the fact that I liked them so much as people is probably in the DNA of the movie."

--Amy Kaufman

Photo: Tom Hooper. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


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