Gallery: Suffolk film director Mat Kirkby wins Oscar - and praises Orford’s Pump Street Bakery during acceptance speech

Mat Kirkby (right) and James Lucas (left) with the award for best live action short film for 'The Ph

Mat Kirkby (right) and James Lucas (left) with the award for best live action short film for 'The Phone Call', in the press room of the 87th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. - Credit: PA

Suffolk film director Mat Kirkby has won his first Oscar.

The Phone Call, which Mat co-wrote with friend James Lucas, centres around a woman who works in a crisis helpline call centre and a phone call that changes her life forever.

The film, starring Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins, won the Oscar for best live action short film with Mat, from Shottisham, struggling to hold his award, telling the audience: “Crikey O’Reilly. Crikey, these are big buggers”.

He then joked that the award meant he would be due a free doughnut from Orford’s Pump Street Bakery.

“I’m particularly happy because this now means I can get a free doughnut at my local bakery, the Pump Street Bakery. They do fantastic doughnuts,” he said, prompting laughs from the star-studded audience.


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He then joked to Lucas: “Should we stick to the script?”

Staff from the Pump Street Bakery congratulated Mat this morning through its twitter account, adding: “From now on, doughnuts are on us.”

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