After I heard the news from BAFTA, as soon as I put down the phone, I began to ring as many people as I could. I already knew what a huge deal it was, but I think it’s only when you start telling people that you really realise...
After I heard the news from BAFTA, as soon as I put down the phone, I began to ring as many people as I could. I already knew what a huge deal it was, but I think it's only when you start telling people that you really realise - when you hear yourself say "I've been nominated for a BAFTA".
Some people reacted immediately, and some took a bit of time to really hear it – “Can you say that again, Josh? It sounded like you said you’d been nominated for a BAFTA.” But everyone was a mix of stunned, amazed and happy, and I was all of those things.
Now that it had become real, I suddenly thought about the night of the ceremony, and how I’d need to find something better to wear than the suit I wore to my Year 11 Leaver’s Ball more than four years ago. I thought about whether or not I should prepare a speech…just in case. Would that be pushing it? Having thought that, maybe I should also prepare my best “happy-for-the-winner, even-though-I-didn't-win” face, and a clap to go with it.
At the moment I’m also training to be an actor at Rose Bruford College, and for our final week before Christmas, we have to perform a political speech we’ve worked on. So surely that would help if I had to make an acceptance speech, I thought? Although, maybe it wouldn’t be a good idea accepting my break-through talent award as Stalin. Whatever happens, it’s incredible just to be nominated. And as my brother said to me on the phone – a BAFTA nomination will stay with you for life – it can’t be taken away from you. I’m very excited about the ceremony!