Suffolk’s Oscar winner Mat Kirkby brings his statuette for breakfast at Pump Street Bakery in Orford
An Oscar winning film writer has returned to the Suffolk cafe that he referenced in his acceptance speech – and brought his statuette along with him!
Mat Kirkby, who lives in Shottisham won the award for best live action short film at this year’s Oscars for The Phone Call, which he co-wrote with James Lucas.
During the acceptance speech, before a worldwide audience of millions, Mat joked that he was “particularly happy” with his Oscar, because it meant he could get a free doughnut from the Pump Street Bakery in Orford, at which he is a regular customer.
“They do fantastic doughnuts,” he said, prompting laughs from the star-studded audience.
Pump Street tweeted earlier this week that Mat had returned to the bakery’s cafe - and brought his Oscar with him, which was pictured, beside one of the now famous doughnuts, on its Instagram account.
Joanna Brennan, who founded the bakery in 2010 with her father Chris, said there was an “atmosphere of excitement and interest” in the cafe upon Mat’s arrival, which was the first time he had visited since the awards.
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“Everyone was delighted to see him,” she added.
“Obviously we got him a big box of doughnuts to take away with him.
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“He was so warm and friendly and down to earth and he was letting everyone take their picture with his Oscar.”
Ms Brennan said the Oscar was “very shiny and surprisingly heavy” but did not look out of place in the cafe.
Speaking previously, she said the Oscar speech had come as a “delightful surprise”.
“First of all, we were delighted for Mat, because we’ve all been rooting for him, and then to see he had mentioned the bakery was just amazing,” she added.
“It’s been a mixture of shock, excitement and disbelief.”